Question: I’m a retired veteran, but am certainly not ready for the rest home. I would like to open my own small business using the skills I acquired during my military career, but I’m not certain how best to proceed. Can SCORE offer some guidelines?

Answer: Like many others, you’ve served in the Armed Forces and have gained valuable skills, training and personal growth. Fortunately, the opportunities don’t need to end once you’ve returned to civilian life. There are several programs available to help veterans transition to new roles as owners of their own small businesses.

For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration has partnered with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and other resource partners to create the Boots to Business ( This program provides transitioning service members the knowledge, tools and resources they need to evaluate available opportunities and become successful entrepreneurs.

Following its successful launch in 2012, Boots to Business aims to make the nuts and bolts of starting and growing a business easier and more accessible to the 250,000 service members from all branches of the military that transition each year.