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.
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.
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.
VBOC of the Pacific
Please find some recent updates:
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Hawaiʻi|
|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 Hawaiʻi|
|06/25/20||06/26/20||Andersen Airforce Base|
|07/09/20||07/10/20||Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi|
|07/16/20||07/17/20||Joint Base Pearl Harbor|
|08/13/20||08/14/20||Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi|
|08/19/20||08/20/20||Apra Harbor Naval Base|
|09/17/20||09/18/20||Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi|
|09/24/20||09/25/20||Joint Base Pearl Harbor|
|10/15/20||10/16/20||Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi|
|10/22/20||10/23/20||Joint Base Pearl Harbor|
|10/29/20||10/29/20||Andersen Airforce Base|
|11/19/20||11/20/20||Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi|
|11/19/20||11/19/20||Joint Base Pearl Harbor|
Boots to Business and Reboot 2 Step Registration Process
- Register online: https://sbavets.force.com/s/
- Register with a local Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
TAP Points of Contact
Schofield Barracks: Transition Assistance Program Soldier Support Center
- Office: (808) 655-1028
- Email: Mildred.email@example.com
Marine Corps Base HI: Transition Readiness Program
- Ph: (808) 257-7796
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Base Pearl Harbor: Military & Family Support Center
- Register here
- Ph: (808) 474-1999
Naval Base Apra Harbor and Guam Anderson Airforce Base: Fleet and Family Support Center
- Ph: (671) 333-2056 ex. 57
- Email: email@example.com
- Ph: (808) 438-8913
- Email: Tamara.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph: (671) 366-8136
- Email: Walfredo.email@example.com
Other: Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific
- Ph: (808) 988-1236
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com.