Seminar offers business tips for military returning to civilian - Tucson News Now

Seminar offers business tips for military returning to civilian life

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With President Obama's announcement on reducing troop levels in Afghanistan to fewer than 10,000, some local service members might be coming home. 

One program is helping them transition from military life to becoming their own boss.  Dozens of Air Force members recently got a few tips on how to become entrepreneurs, it's called Operation Boots to Business. 

It is a two day seminar designed by the U.S. Small Business administration.  This seminar is held both here at Davis-Monthan and at Ft. Huachuca, every few months. 

According to program information, one in ten businesses are owned by veterans.  The program focuses on military skills that can transfer to public life, like leadership, to help military member focus on career goals they had to put aside in order to serve their country.

One program administrator says there are special loans for veterans who want to be business owners, where the VA basically acts as a co-signer.

Candidates still have to have a solid business plan and the SBA can help them through lots of red tape.  The next Boots to Business seminar is in September, but the SBA can help military members get started at any time.

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