SBA Announces FY 2018 Veterans Programming Schedule

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center announce a monthly Small Business Bootcamp webinar series for veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses to help start, build and grow their small business. The webinars will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be recorded and posted on the office’s website at

Webinar topics include:

October 11 Veterans Business Outreach Center Resources
November 8 SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program and other Small Business Financing Options
December 13 Iowa’s Targeted Small Business certification & TSB Microloan Program

Webinar topics will be announced in advance for the following dates:
January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11; August 15 and September 12.

Interested individuals can participate via AT&T Connect:

To join AT&T Connect Conference:
Click here:
Call: 1-888-858-2144 – When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 4554497#

Boots to Business: Reboot Classes

The SBA also announced its schedule for the Boots to Business: Reboot classes for FY 2018. The free one-day training session introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The training is hosted by the SBA Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center and features additional presentations by SBA resource partners, including SCORE, America’s SBDC – Iowa (the Small Business Development Centers), and local bankers, lawyers and small business owners.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

The initial program is followed up with one of two opportunities. Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an eight-week, online training (may be self-paced) course presented by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA network, Syracuse University. Mississippi State University offers a six-week online, interactive classroom focused on identifying and understanding customers; developing and refining a business mode; and drafting a business plan.

Please email the team at if you’ve attended a previous Reboot class, and haven’t yet taken, but are interested in taking the online course.

After completing Boots to Business: Reboot participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small business.

November Boots to Business: Reboot classes:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Business Building
21 E. Market Street, Room W401
Iowa City, IA 52242.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iowa State University Memorial Union, the Cardinal Room
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011.

Additional Boots to Business: Reboot classes are scheduled as follows:
• January 24, 2018 – DMACC in Ankeny
• April 11, 2018 – Upper Iowa University in Fayette
• May 22, 2018 – Iowa Army National Guard HQ in Cedar Rapids
• TBD – Iowa Army National Guard – Camp Dodge in Johnston
• TBD – Iowa Air National Guard – Sioux City

To register for Boots to Business: Reboot classes go to and create a profile for notification of future veterans training and events.

For more information, contact Jayne Armstrong at or (515) 284-4026.