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CNMI SBDC Network to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s VBOC Program to Host In-person Boots to Business Training Event


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

CNMI SBDC Network to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s VBOC Program to Host In-person Boots to Business Training Event

(Saipan, CNMI) The CNMI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is calling on all Veterans and Military Service men and women who are interested in starting a business or expanding their existing one.

On Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the CNMI SBDC will be partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to bring “Boots to Business”, an in-person training opportunity open to Service members including National Guard and Reservists, and/or their military spouses who are interested in honing in on their entrepreneurial skills.

The 8-hour training event, designed to provide participants with an overview of business ownership, is part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. The training event will be hosted at the Napu Room of the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio, Saipan.
The training session will be presented by Dennis Kwak, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the Pacific out of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Some key topics to be covered include:
● An Introduction to Business Ownership
● Basics of Opportunity Recognition
● Understanding Markets & Your Competitive Space
● The Economics of Small Business Start-Up
● Legal Considerations for Veteran-owned Small Businesses
● An Introduction to Business Planning

The presentation will allow for additional discussion on financing your venture, the sharing of resources to support your efforts, and will also present an opportunity for participants to have a one-on-one discussion with visiting presenter Dennis Kwak.

Recognizing the work of our Veteran community, Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, Network Director of the CNMI SBDC, urges all Service men and women and/or their spouses to attend this rare no-cost training opportunity, “We are grateful to our partners from the SBA in allowing us to tap into their resources to maximize in our efforts in presenting economic opportunities for such an important community base within our Commonwealth. We encourage our Veterans to take full advantage of this opportunity and to sign up to gain invaluable knowledge from our experts who will be onsite to provide guidance and answer questions they may have related to the programs available under the Small Business Administration that can help them succeed in their upcoming business ventures.”

Registration for the training session comes at no-cost, but space is limited. If you are already registered with the CNMI SBDC as a client, you may click on this link to complete your registration: .

If you are currently NOT registered with the CNMI SBDC, please visit our website at to register and start availing of our no-cost services.

You may also reach our CNMI SBDC Administrative Office Manager, Ms. Adelpha K. Magofna, at (670) 237-6888 or by email at to provide over-the-phone support.

Stay updated with our upcoming news and events by also visiting our website or by following us on our social media channels at CNMI Small Business Development Center Network on Facebook or Instagram @cnmisbdc.

The CNMI SBDC Network promotes a business-friendly economic infrastructure in the community, builds entrepreneurial capacity and financial literacy within that community, and provides current and nascent small businesses with the technical assistance, counseling, training, and support they need to innovate, adapt, and grow.

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network (CNMI SBDC) Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center located in Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Northern Marianas College. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with at least two weeks advance notice. For arrangements, please contact your local SBDC at P.O.Box 501250 Saipan, MP 96950, Tel: (670) 237-6888, or email Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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