Welcome to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific

Serving Hawai╩╗i, Guam, and American Samoa

The Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific is a program of the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo, funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (VBOC) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Learn more about available services.

Aloha Friends,

I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. As the State of Hawaii has extended its stay-at-home order until May 31st, our physical office until further notice. However, our program is still ticking along, working with military installations and entrepreneurs in providing online training and online consultations over various platforms. We are still here for you, to answer any questions you may have about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program, or small business inquiries in general. We wish you health and safety during these uncertain times. Mahalo nui loa.


Dennis Kwak

VBOC of the Pacific

Please find some recent updates:

Department of the TreasuryÔÇÖs Assistance to Small Business website

Treasury FAQs

How to Calculate Minimum Loan Amounts

Lender List by State

Boots to Business and Reboot

Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of DefenseÔÇÖs Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Boots to Business | Reboot is an entrepreneurial training program designed for Veterans and their dependents that have already made the transition back to civilian life. The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses are eligible to enroll in classes.

Join VBOC of the Pacific and our resource partners at any of the Boots to Business and Reboot classes listed! For any questions, contact us at vboc@hawaii.edu or call (808) 988-1236.

2020 Boots To Business Class Schedule

Aloha. Due to COVID-19 some Boots to Business classes have been cancelled and some will be delivered online. Please check updated schedule and information below. Thank you for understanding. Stay safe.

Start Date End Date Location
04/23/20 04/24/20 Schofield Barracks - ONLINE
05/07/20 05/08/20 Schofield Barracks - ONLINE
05/11/20 05/12/20 Fort Shafter - ONLINE
05/14/20 05/15/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
05/21/20 05/22/20 Joint Base Pearl Harbor
06/04/20 06/05/20 Schofield Barracks - CANCELLED
06/11/20 06/12/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
06/18/20 06/19/20 Schofield Barracks
06/25/20 06/26/20 Andersen Airforce Base
07/09/20 07/10/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
07/16/20 07/17/20 Joint Base Pearl Harbor
07/23/20 07/24/20 Schofield Barracks
08/06/20 08/07/20 Schofield Barracks
08/13/20 08/14/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
08/19/20 08/20/20 Apra Harbor Naval Base
08/27/20 08/28/20 Schofield Barracks
09/17/20 09/18/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
09/17/20 09/18/20 Schofield Barracks
09/24/20 09/25/20 Joint Base Pearl Harbor
09/28/20 09/29/20 Fort Shafter
10/08/20 10/09/20 Schofield Barracks
10/15/20 10/16/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
10/22/20 10/23/20 Joint Base Pearl Harbor
10/29/20 10/30/20 Schofield Barracks
10/29/20 10/29/20 Andersen Airforce Base
11/12/20 11/13/20 Schofield Barracks
11/19/20 11/20/20 Marine Corps Base Hawai╩╗i
11/19/20 11/19/20 Joint Base Pearl Harbor
11/30/20 12/01/20 Fort Shafter
12/10/20 12/11/20 Schofield Barracks
12/17/20 12/18/20 Fort Shafter

Boots to Business and Reboot 2 Step Registration Process

  1. Register online: https://sbavets.force.com/s/
  2. Register with a local Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP Points of Contact

Schofield Barracks: Transition Assistance Program Soldier Support Center

Marine Corps Base HI: Transition Readiness Program

Joint Base Pearl Harbor: Military & Family Support Center

Naval Base Apra Harbor and Guam Anderson Airforce Base: Fleet and Family Support Center

Fort Shafter

Andersen AFB

Other: Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific

Online Classes

Some classes will be delivered online via Zoom Video Conferencing Platform. Please contact your local TAP office (contacts above) for more information on online Boots to Business classes. Please make sure you're registered on https://sbavets.force.com/s/ and with your local TAP office prior joining the class. Links for Boots to Business classes can be find above. Please note each day has a unique link.

Visit us at
2800 Woodlawn Dr - Suite 266
Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 988-1236


U.S. Small Business Administration: Veterans Business Outreach Centers

Powered by SBA: U.S. Small Business Administration

Boots to Business - from the US Small Business Administration

University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Dennis Kwak dkwak@hawaii.edu.