MiraCosta MiraCosta College was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to host a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC). The center will serve veterans and their spouses in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial Counties. A grand opening will be held July 5 at 9:30 a.m.
The new VBOC, housed at the MiraCosta College facility located at 2075 Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad, CA. will help veteran business owners get certified to bid on government contracts; offer counseling and one-on-one assistance in developing business plans, financial forecasts and marketing plans; and help veterans get small business loans.
MiraCosta College Veterans Business Outreach Center
The grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development was one of only six awarded May 17 to higher education systems from Hawaii to Georgia.
“We at MiraCosta College feel a deep sense of gratitude for the service of our veterans and have long been committed to providing veterans and active-duty military with the services they need and deserve in transitioning back to civilian life,” said Dr. Sunny Cooke, MiraCosta College superintendent/president. “And we are grateful for the opportunity to build on that success through the new Veterans Business Outreach Center.”
It will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday with evening appointments available by request.
The VBOC will coordinate and facilitate Boots 2 Business programs held at Vandenberg AFB; Edwards AFB; Fort Irwin; Los Angeles AFB; Twentynine Palms; Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Naval Station San Diego and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar military bases. These programs are taught by SBA staff members and SBA resource partners such as SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and SBA lenders.
Boots 2 Business is a two-day training program offered to transitioning members of the military. It is a program that explains and encourages formation of small businesses. A longer, more detailed, online training program is offered at Syracuse University for those interested in becoming an entrepreneur. Since 2013, the Boots to Business program has trained more than 40,000 transitioning service members, reservists, National Guard members and military spouses.
“Veterans Business Outreach Centers are out front synergizing the veteran small business ecosystem,” said Barbara Carson, an associate administrator with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “We look forward to continuing to work with centers to empower U.S. service members, military spouses and all eras of veterans in starting and growing small businesses.”
San Diego County is home to more than 240,000 veterans, in addition to nearly 90,000 Navy personnel, 35,000 Marine Corps personnel, and 22,500 Department of Defense civilian personnel. Approximately 1,500 active-duty military, military dependents and military veterans are enrolled at MiraCosta, representing about 10 percent of the college’s enrollment.
All services at the VBOC will be provided at no costs to the client.
The VBOC grand opening will be held July 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the MiraCosta College facility located at 2075 Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad. Ruben Garcia of the San Diego District Office of the SBA will represent the U.S. Small Business Administration and Charlie Ng, VP of Business and Administrative Services will represent MiraCosta College. The event will be open to the public.
The other nearest Veterans Business Outreach Center is in Sacramento.
Above: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Victor Parker, SBA District Director, Los Angeles; Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego and Charlie Ng, VP of Business and Administrative Services at MiraCosta College.
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