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.

Recent updates on Disaster Assistance and PPP loans

If you need any assistance with your PPP forgiveness application and/or understanding the process, please schedule an appointment or call us at (808) 988-1236.

Learn more about PPP and EIDL loans by attending SBA workshops online. Register here

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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

Please check our calendar to see all upcoming Boots to Business classes in the Pacific Region (Hawaii, American Samoa and Guam). Due to COVID-19 some Boots to Business classes have been cancelled and some will be delivered online. Please contact your local TAP (Transition Assistance Program) office (contacts below) for more information on our online Boots to Business classes. Please make sure you're registered on https://sbavets.force.com/s/ and confirmed with your local TAP office prior joining the class. Mahalo. Stay safe.

Check all upcoming classes in US: https://sbavets.force.com/s/

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

Visit us at
2800 Woodlawn Dr - Suite 146
Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 988-1236


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

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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.