Boots For Business offers training for Central Ohio veterans

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Veterans and active reservists are receiving free training to start and operate a successful business.

“Veterans have a track record of being able to weather a lot of storms most individuals do not,” says Abron Andres Jr. with Vet Biz Central.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has teamed with accredited universities to offer in-depth instruction.

“The main goal is to give veterans the tools that they need to succeed in business,” says Brooke Betit with U.S. SBA.

Veterans say the atmosphere during the training is welcoming and gives them direction for possible lenders or marketing their projects. “being in an environment where you’re around fellow veterans, you’re all on that same track on trying to establish a business, trying to build an enterprise,” says U.S. Army Reservist Kimberly Tapia.

“The highlight for me is having somebody lay out a detailed plan of attack for you to accomplish various tasks in furthering your own business,” says Chris Ray with Ray Fitness and Design.

After the instruction, participants can enroll in an 8-week course online from Syracuse University. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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