Basic Training

Military Basic Training was intended to give you the skill sets you would need to survive in a military environment. This section will help you prepare to survive in the private sector business environment, providing FREE training and resource guides in the most common skillsets needed to start and grow your own successful business.

Like any business, intel and resources will evolve over time, so check back for updated materials and new topics. If you don’t see what you need, call us at 800-542-07232. We are honored to serve you!

Boots to Business: Intro to Entrepreneurship (B2B)

If you are currently active duty and will be eligible for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), whether separating or retiring out of the military, or if you are a military spouse or the widowed spouse of a military member, the VBOC encourages you to register to attend “Boots to Business”, the free TAP GPS 2-day entrepreneurship training class covering topics you need to consider before and as you start your business. Following the 2-day intro class, you will be eligible to enroll in the 8-week B2B online training program, a deep dive on each of the modules with Syracuse University professors and business experts to help you work on your own business plan.

Start Up

  • The SBA Learning Center – free, self-paced short courses on 60+ topics
  • SBA Resource Guide for North Florida – intel on counseling, capital and more from the SBA’s Jacksonville District Office
  • SBA Resource Guide for South Florida – intel on counseling, capital and more from the SBA’s Miami District Office
  • SBA National Resource Guide in Spanish
  • Getting Veterans Back to Business, the SBA’s Small Business Resource Guide for Reservists
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship
  • Steps to Starting a Business
  • Florida Startup Checklist, the Florida VBOC checklist with live links to state and federal agencies
  • – a free source of market intel
  • Starting your First Restaurant in Florida
  • Buying An Existing Business – A Good Deal or a Dog?
  • Choosing a Business Location & Equipment Decisions
  • US Dept of Agriculture Veterans Programs


  • Franchise e-guide – SCORE
  • Old Dominion University VBOC – Franchising-VetFran

Business Plans

  • Business Plan Basics – SBA
  • Business Plan Template for a Startup – SCORE
  • Nuts & Bolts of A Business Plan

Financing/Legal Issues/Insurance

  • SBA Loan Programs
  • Business Loan Prep – SBA
  • Choosing a Business Structure – Sole Prop, LLC, etc explained
  • Patent and Intellectual Property
  • Insurance for a Small Business
  • SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program for Small Businesses


  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • IRS Small Business and Self-Employment Tax Center
  • Deducting Business Expenses – IRS
  • Filing & Paying Business Taxes
  • To Hire or Not To Hire, That is the Question
  • CareerSource Florida
  • Business Laws That Might Impact Your Business
  • Social Media Pocket Guide
  • Florida Small Farms

Government Contracting

  • Introduction to Government Contracting
  • Capability Statement Template
  • Sample Capability Statement
  • Capability Brief
  • Government Contracting Acronyms
  • SAM Learning Center
  • VetBiz Verification Assistance Program U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • HUB Zone Primer
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – Contracting Programs
  • Procurement Resources for Small Business
  • SDVOSB Workbook