Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity Announces Boots To Business: Reboot

WATERVLIET, NY – Peter Gannon, President of the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership and Col. Lee Schiller, Commander of the Watervliet Arsenal announced, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity will host Boots to Business: Reboot. This is a weeklong entrepreneurial training program, being offered at no cost, to veterans who want to start, expand or purchase a small business. The five day, accelerated program will be held at the Watervliet Arsenal starting Jan. 26 through Jan. 30 and is presented by the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center with assistance from the Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Small Business Administration, and the Arsenal Partnership.

“Last year, we created the McNulty Center after hearing Governor Cuomo’s call to action to create more opportunities for New York’s veterans and through our efforts we have already worked with several veterans to help overcome the obstacles many new businesses encounter,” said Gannon.  “Reboot will enable us to take the McNulty Center to the next level in 2015 by bringing additional veteran entrepreneurs to the table and starting a relationship that will help them start and grow businesses right here in the Capital Region.”

The curriculum was developed by Syracuse University to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business: Reboot will lead participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. After completing the program 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 businesses.

“We are excited to host this weeklong series for our veterans right here at the historic Watervliet Arsenal,” added Schiller. “As many of our Veterans and their families make the transition from military to civilian life, this program provides them the opportunity to do that.“

“Boots to Business: Reboot is a wonderfully developed curriculum. It not only assists our veterans on becoming entrepreneurs, but also is creating jobs and sustaining our economic viability in the Greater Capital Region. Veterans hire veterans,” said Amy Amoroso, NYS Program Coordinator for Veteran Business Outreach.

Participants will meet Jan. 26 – Jan. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided) at the Michael R. McNulty Center For Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity, located at the Watervliet Arsenal. Veterans interested in attending are required to register by January 21. For more information, or to register, please contact the Arsenal Partnership at 518-326-5522 or Amy Amoroso at the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center  at or 518-380-5069.

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