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Welcome to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific

Serving Hawaiʻi, Guam, and American Samoa

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

Learn more about available services.

National Veterans' Small Business Week Awards 2018

The first week of November is National Veterans' Small Business Week!

The Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership (MCBL) and the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (VBOC of the Pacific) will be hosting an awards ceremony for the National Veteran Owned Small Business Week (Nov. 5 - Nov. 9). The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, November 9th at the Downtown Uncorked: Salute to Veterans

We are currently accepting nominations for the three awards below:

-New Veteran Owned Small Business

-Veteran Owned Small Business Person

-Veteran Owned Small Business Advocate

As advocates of small businesses in Hawaii, please nominate any veteran owned business or those supporters that fit under one of the categories above. Your support for the veteran small business community is much appreciated!

Please submit all nominations to the VBOC of the Pacific at vboc@hawaii.edu OR 2800 Woodlawn Dr. #266 Honolulu, HI 96822.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE: October 9th, 2018

More information HERE

Money Moxie!

Are you looking to start or expand your business? Come join us and hear from experienced bankers and experts in business advisory.

Topics to include:

  • Biggest challenge for business owners

  • How to become loan ready

  • Questions you need to ask prospective lenders

  • How to choose best source of capital

  • Money alone not the answer for startups

  • Ongoing mentorship, businesses education & training essential to success

To register: sba-vboc.ecenterdirect.com/events/13472

When: November 9th at 10:00 am - 11:30 am Where: SBA Hawaii District Office 500 Ala Moana Blvd #1-306 Honolulu, HI 96813

For more information, please email vboc@hawaii.edu

2018 Boots to Business and Reboot Schedule

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 Defense’s 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.

Registration Points of Contact

Schofield Barracks: Transition Assistance Program Soldier Support Center - Office: (808) 655-6470 - Email: Mildred.lonergan.civ@mail.mil

Marine Corps Base HI: Transition Readiness Program - Ph: (808) 257-7796 - Email: jeffrey.esposito@usmc.mil

Joint Base Pearl Harbor: Military & Family Support Center - Register HERE - Ph: (808) 474-1999

Naval Base Apra Harbor: Fleet and Family Support Center - Ph: (671) 333-2056 ex. 57 - Email: amata.hutcherson.ctr@fe.navy.mil

Other: Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific - Ph: (808) 988-1236 - Email: vboc@hawaii.edu

Register Online

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

(808) 988-1236


Veterans Business Outreach Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo