Virginia Tech partners with U.S. Small Business Administration to teach entrepreneurship to veterans

economic-forecast-headerIn recognition of the university’s continuing commitment to veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Virginia Tech to host a one-day Boots to Business entrepreneurial workshop tailored specifically for past and present service members and their dependents.

The free course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 8 at Virginia Tech’s North End Center. Space is limited and registration is required.

This is the first time the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Richmond District Office has offered this course at a non-military installation in Virginia.

The course specializes in teaching entrepreneurship to veterans and is part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. The curriculum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on small business administration resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.

In 2014, about 50,000 people applied for jobs at the university. Approximately, 2,000 of those applicants indicated they are veterans. Today, Virginia Tech employs more than 300 veterans. The university is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for covered veterans.

Additionally, the university has more than 200 student veterans enrolled in classes.

Virginia Tech was selected to host Boots to Business because of its support to the military community and traditions with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, which is more than 1,000 students strong.

The North End Center is located at 300 Turner Street, NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Parking is available in the adjacent garage. Employees may park for free with a valid faculty/staff permit. Guests may obtain a daily parking pass from Parking Services prior to arriving at North End Center.

For additional questions about the event contact Matthew Nowak at 804-253-9088.

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