Veterans transitioning out of the military are choosing entrepreneurship.
And, the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center wants to help them make the leap from military life to owning their own business. The organization is hosting a two-day workshop for veterans who are interested in starting their own business or expanding their business.
“Based on demographics data, the largest pool going into business are veterans,” said Ernest Chavez, of Base Operations Strategic Solutions and one of the event organizers.
The workshop, Nov. 9 and 10, will be on Peterson Air Force Base and is designed to help for veterans create and sustain a successful business. SBDC wants this to be a first of many workshops dedicated to helping veterans, Chavez said.
Veterans will get a full day of one-on-one counseling with recognized business counselors and specialists, offering insight and advice to existing and startup businesses, he said.
“With the influx of troops coming home seeking to go back into civilian life, a lot are seeking self employment,” Chavez said.
Nationwide, the number of veteran-owned businesses is 2.4 million with receipts totaling $1.2 trillion.
Chavez said experts will cover pitfalls and barriers and point veterans to resources, including low-interest loan programs specifically for veterans and members of the military community. Organizers are expecting about 150 veterans.
The registration fee is waived for attendees who participate in the one-on-one pre-conference workshop. Registration gets you one hour free consultation with a business expert, a seat at the luncheon and for each of the keynote sessions, a gift bag with valuable tools to guide your business planning and a chance to win prizes.
To register or inquire about setting up a booth at the event call 255-5839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.