Your Own Business

Starting your own business can be both exciting and frightening! For many, it is part of the American dream. Whether you are a military spouse who wants your own business so that you have a steady stream of income through each PCS, or are a military member transitioning to the civilian world of work, key factors to your success are advance planning and utilizing the many resources available to you. It’s been shown that professional guidance makes a critical difference in a new business’s ability to prosper and grow. (source, sba.gov). Please take a free class and research the resources listed below.

Entrepreneur Track, delivered by the Small Business Administration:
"Boots to Business" is for members/spouses who are interested in starting their own business. The workshop provides information on how to develop a business plan, marketing, promoting and funding of a small business. See a 9-minute clip on the curriculum at the above link (Boots to Business). Results of 2016 Outcome Based Analysis from course attendees: 74% of respondents experienced both an increase of interest in business ownership and increased confidence in their ability to negotiate the business ownership processes and challenges. Contrary to national averages that indicate 8 of 10 small businesses fail, about 90% of attendees that start a business have stayed in business over 1 year.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA - for Military Spouses


Washington State Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) 

Innovate Washington

International Business Innovation Association

Spokane Neighborhood Assets Program (SNAP)

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran) 

The Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce (Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI))  

Better Business Bureau (BBB) of E. Washington, N. Idaho & Montana

Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs

A Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise

Operation Endure and Grow
Open to National Guard and Reserve members as well as their family members


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