CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi joined forces with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to strengthen and expand small business development for local veterans at a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) signing event on Sept. 8, at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center.
“The new partnership between the SBA and the College of Business is another resource that we at the Island University are excited to provide to all veterans, including our student veterans,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President and CEO. “We have many programs in place that help our veterans be successful in their transition from active duty to student life and now, through the partnership with the SBA, we have a program that could help them become successful small business owners.”
The new alliance will initiate the Boots to Business Reboot program which focuses on helping veterans become entrepreneurs. The program consists of two-parts, including an Introduction to Entrepreneurship followed by an eight-week Foundations to Entrepreneurship course. Participants will get an overview of business ownership, knowledge on the components of a business plan, an exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. The entire program will be conducted at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center which is operated by the College of Business at A&M-Corpus Christi.
“Veterans are integral to the growth of America’s small businesses. These small businesses can create two out of every three new jobs,” said SBA’s South Central Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez. “The agreement with Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi widens our impact on the local economy by boosting assistance to veterans in the Coastal Bend.”
Signed by Killebrew and SBA representatives, the SAM is intended to spur economic development through small business growth, improve entrepreneurial education that advances greater access to capital, and expand technical assistance and access to procurement programs for veterans.
“I have enjoyed working with the University for the past several years to help businesses start and expand,” said Olivarez. “Now, I’m even more honored to applaud the Island University leadership for their commitment to support entrepreneurship among our veterans who play a key role in what makes this country great.”