MISSOULA – Veterans of all eras, service members and their family members are invited to learn the skills to become a small-business owner through the Boots to Business Reboot program, which will come to the University of Montana on Friday, Jan. 20.

The free entrepreneurship training program was designed to give veterans, active-duty service members and their families an overview of business ownership as a career, an outline and knowledge of business plan components, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

“This is an opportunity for veterans and their spouses to pursue being their own boss,” said Shawn Grove, director of UM’s Veteran Education Transition Services Office. “This is a really great opportunity for them to learn what it takes.”

The program’s launch event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in University Center Room 333, requires advanced registration online. Lunch and beverages will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center and hosted by Big Sky Economic Development.

After program participants complete the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course on Jan. 20, they begin an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Boots to Business Reboot is a program designed by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. More information is online.

To learn more about the Missoula event or to register as a participant, call Mike Waters, Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center project support specialist, at 406-869-8411 or email

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