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SBA Offers Business Training For Veterans

Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.



An informational video shown during the core TAP course introduces entrepreneurship as a post-service career option.


A two-day course offered as a TAP training track for those interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges of business ownership. It is instructed by subject matter experts and practitioners from the SBA and its partner network.


After completing the Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, transitioning Service members and their spouses can elect to further their study through an instructor guided high-touch eight-week online course taught by professors from a consortium of accredited universities led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. By dedicating a minimum of 10 hours per week to connected and independent study, participants work through the fundamentals of developing an actionable business plan. After completing Boots to Business, transitioning Service members will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan and launch their enterprise.

To learn more about the Boots to Business Program:

For more information about the upcoming class please view the attached flyer:

September 2015 Boots to Business Reboot Flyer 

To register for the September 2015 training, please follow the link below.

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VA Works to Expand Choice Program Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for 40 miles calculation would change to driving distance.

Washington, DC – In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. The Veterans Choice Program was authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).

“VA has worked very quickly to implement the Veterans Choice Program and we appreciate the constructive feedback shared by Veterans and our partners to help us improve service to Veterans,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “We’ve determined that changing the distance calculation will help ensure more Veterans have access to care when and where they want it. VA looks forward to the ongoing support of our partners as we continue to make improvements to this new program.”image of sample VA Choice Card

The method of determining driving distance will be through distance as calculated by using a commercial product. The change is expected to roughly double the number of eligible Veterans.

The Veterans Choice Program is a new, temporary benefit that allows eligible Veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program should call 1-866-606-8198 to confirm their eligibility and to schedule an appointment. Since the Choice Program went into effect on November 5, 2014, more than 45,000 medical appointments have been scheduled.

Using expanded authorities from VACAA, VA continues to expand access to care through increased staffing and enhanced collaboration with both the Indian Health Service and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems.

VA is enhancing its health care system and improving service delivery to better serve Veterans and set the course for long-term excellence and reform. VA has made significant progress in various areas of the legislation, such as extending the Assisted Living/Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot program and Project Arch, to expand timely access to high-quality health care for Veterans. For more details about the department’s progress, visit

To view the Veterans Choice Fact Sheet click here.

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1st Annual Utah Veteran Business Conference

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Come join the Utah Veteran Owned Business Partnership (UVOBP) and a variety of business resource partners from around the state to learn about programs and services offered to Utah’s Veterans entrepreneurs and business owners. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the keys to operating a successful Veteran owned business, where to find local and national resources, and to connect with other entrepreneurs and business owners.




May 7th, 2015


Salt lake Community College

Larry H. Miller Campus

9750 South 300 West

Sandy, Utah  84070


8:30 AM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Event Flyer

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Utah Veteran Owned Business Partnership Survey

The Utah Veteran Owned Business Partnership has developed a survey to query service members and veterans who own, or are interested in owning a business. This survey will assist the UVOBP in better understanding the needs of Veterans who are seeking to start or grow their business.

To take the survey go to:

The UVOBP includes representatives from the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, higher education, chambers of commerce, non-profit entities, veteran service organizations, and local businesses.


VA Health Care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Basics:

  • If you are enrolled in VA health care, you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the requirements of the Affordable care act.  You are covered.
  • The Affordable care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.
  • If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.

What the Affordable Car Act mandates:

  • People will have to have a minimum standard coverage my January 1, 2014.
  • If you don’t have the “minimum standard” the act requires, payment for a plan or a fine is mandated.

How to enroll in VA health Care:

  • Call either 801-584-2585 or 1-800-613-4012 Ext.5670 and ask the enrollment office to send you the enrollment package.

For more information visit the VA website:

Benefits & Services

All Veterans have earned the respect and appreciation of those whose freedoms that they have sacrificed so much to preserve. As a result of their service to this nation, many Veterans have also earned a variety of benefits designed to help them transition back to their civilian lives. These benefits fall into several categories including healthcare, education, employment, and many others.

The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs was created to help provide awareness and access to these many benefits. It is our desire to ensure that every Veteran in the state of Utah is not only appreciated for their service, but that they receive the benefits that they have earned.

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