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Business Advisor Chris Thiesing and Patrick Curran2015 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year –
Chris Nolte of Propel Bikes [Brooklyn SBDC]

Previous winners:
2014: Patrick Curran, American Business Strategies
2013: Peter DelCotto, The Woodshed
2012: John Quinn, Quinn Essential Fitness
2011: John Rainey, ERRA Surgical Supplies
2010: Jerel Welch, A-Plus Moving

Veterans Business Program

Serving the Veterans of New York State

The New York SBDC Veterans Services and Assistance Program works to provide targeted training, counseling, and mentoring to help veterans start and grow a small business. SBDC Business Advisors help veteran small business owners improve profitability, expand market share, explore export opportunities, and provide valuable assistance in terms of establishing businesses on stronger organizational and financial footing.

The Veterans Business Advisors provide:

  • One-to-one advisement sessions
  • Pre-business plan workshops/training
  • Business concept assessment
  • Business plan development assistance
  • Comprehensive feasibility analyses
  • Business-to-business commerce
  • Assistance with funding sources

Operation Boots to Business

Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. Boots to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners, including the NY SBDC.

OORAH! Opening Opportunities, Resources and Access for Heroes

OORAH! Opening Opportunities, Resources and Access for Heroes is a comprehensive, data driven bill designed to provide veterans and veteran-owned businesses with the same access to economic programs and incentives, including increased opportunities in state contracting, that are now offered to minorities and women for their business enterprises.

EntreSkills for Veterans

EntreSkills for Veterans,™ a web-based interactive educational program that teaches veterans to be successful entrepreneurs, is based on the successful EntreSkills™ program developed by the SBDC Office of Entrepreneurial Education (OE2). Veterans Business Advisors assisted in an upgraded and targeted version of these materials based on a simple premise: military training and experience can be an excellent preparation for starting your own business. The self-paced program helps veterans refine and develop a concept, address legal and marketing issues, prepare financial statements, and ultimately, manage and run a business. Each chapter of Entre Skills for Veterans™ includes business-related websites and veteran entrepreneur case studies that enable the veteran to study each subject area in depth. The information provided in each chapter builds cumulatively toward the preparation of a finished business plan. After completing the program, participants will have developed a business plan draft through the use of our interactive Business Plan Builder. EntreSkills for Veterans™ operates in tandem with one-on-one business counseling by Veterans' Business Advisors. The SBDC is working with the New York State Office of Veterans Affairs to qualify EntreSkills for Veterans™ for veterans’ educational credit.

Learn more about EntreSkills for Veterans in this online demonstration.