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News from our Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

In November, Business Advisor Jeff Smith partnered with the South Carolina District office in hosting the “Veteran Small Business Matchmaker Workshop” as well as the “Starting a Home-Based Business for Military Spouses” training courses in Columbia and at Shaw Air Force Base.  Meanwhile in Atlanta, Georgia’s VBOC Director, Jeremy Horstman spoke to Veterans and spouses at the “Entrepreneurial Warriors workshop.”  VBOC Business Advisors Amanda Wynn and John Myers continue to develop relationships with local businesses and assist Veterans outside of the local area through regular telephone and e-mail contact.

For our December VBOC business for the month, we highlight Jeremy Hill with Southeast Avionics in Statesboro, Georgia.  Jeremy served for five years in the Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician in the Fixed Wing Marine Attack Squadron 223. Currently, Jeremy is a student at Georgia Southern University as well as the owner of Southeast Avionics.  

Established in June of 2017, Southeast Avionics continues to grow out of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport.  At this time, Southeast Avionics covers troubleshooting, aircraft repair, installation, and upgrades.  Jeremy expects Southeast Avionics to reach full capability as an official avionics repair station by January of 2018.  

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is an SBA-funded resource available to service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses with interest in starting or expanding upon a small business.  With over 20 locations across the United States, VBOC advisors provide entrepreneurial development assistance, mentoring and training in areas such as international trade, franchising, internet marketing and accounting.  

In addition to personalized training and development, the Georgia VBOC attends, conducts and provides support for Boots to Business courses located at South Carolina and Georgia military installations.  The Boots to Business program is a two-day program available to transitioning service members in any branch of the military and their spouses.   During this program, service members learn the steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and information on the resources available to help access start-up capital and technical assistance.

For more information on VBOC services, events, or services with at Southeast Aviation, please contact our office at 912-478-7781.

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