Over 25 guests attended the Veterans Business Bootcamp’s bi-annual workshop at UMW Stafford Campus this past month. This five hour program provides an intensive overview of the critical first steps of the new veteran entrepreneur. Multiple experts in business, finance, and law outlined the transition into business ownership. Tune into our monthly FOCUS newsletter in the summer for an invitation to attend the fall Veterans Business Bootcamp on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.

A growing number of transitioning veterans choose to forge their own path and become entrepreneurs after leaving the Armed Forces. Starting a business offers new opportunities and challenges. Like the military profession, business ownership requires training, planning, and education.

Veterans Business Bootcamp is a program instituted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development and the Stafford County Economic Development and Tourism Office to provide an overview of business ownership to service members.  The program is sponsored by the Stafford County Economic Development Authority. The course is open to Veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.

The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. Prepare to transition out of the service. Attend Veterans Business Bootcamp workshop to determine whether entrepreneurship is a good option.