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Veterans can learn about starting a business at 2-day workshop
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A workshop teaching veterans about how to start a business is set for Thursday, June 7, and Friday, June 8, at American Legion Post 127, 2640 Sawnee Ave., Buford. - photo by Jeff Gill

Area veterans interested in starting their own business can get a leg up at a free two-day seminar offered by a volunteer group of active and retired business executives.

The Northeast Georgia and North Metro Atlanta chapters of SCORE and the Small Business Administration are presenting the “Reboot Program” Thursday, June 7, and Friday, June 8, at American Legion Post 127, 2640 Sawnee Ave., Buford. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

The event is open to veterans and their families.

Reboot Program

What: Workshop for veterans interested in starting a business

When:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 7, and 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 8

Where: American Legion Post 127, 2640 Sawnee Ave., Buford

Cost: Free

More info: negeorgia.score.org

“The military taught you self-discipline, leadership and teamwork,” the Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia says on its website. “Are you ready to use those skills by owning your own business?”

Charles White, chapter chairman, said he believes military service would give business-minded veterans “a little more determination and structure. You go through that structured process in the military.”

With the workshop, “we’re trying to eliminate some of those stupid mistakes that people like me make and go over a business plan, cash flow analysis, all those things,” he said.

Veterans will hear a flood of topics, including “what it means to be an entrepreneur,” the importance of market research, profit potential and sustainability, legal considerations and resources available through the Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations.

“It’s a pretty sophisticated course,” said Mike Lowe, a Northeast Georgia SCORE member and event organizer.

At least 40 veterans are expected to attend, said Lowe, who is retired from the insurance business and is a Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

“I always found it interesting that as people were going into business, any help they can get, they need,” he said. “My main goal (for the veterans) is they don’t go into business and go bankrupt because they don’t have the information they need.”

And help can go way beyond the workshop ending, as veterans can sign up for free personal mentoring.

“We try to stay with them forever,” Lowe said. “This is not a one-shot deal.”

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