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The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network delivers professional, high quality, individualized business advising and technical assistance to existing small businesses and pre-venture entrepreneurs.

Full House Success at CNMI SBDC’s Boots to Business Training Event


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Full House Success at CNMI SBDC’s Boots to Business Training Event

(Saipan, CNMI) The CNMI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is thrilled to announce the resounding success of its Boots to Business training event held on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024, at the Pacific Islands Club, Saipan. The event saw a full house, with enthusiastic participation from Veterans, military service members, and their families.

Dennis Kwak, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the Pacific, brought a wealth of knowledge to our clients, providing comprehensive insights into business ownership and fostering engaging interactions with participants. His expertise and dynamic presentation were instrumental in equipping attendees with the tools and confidence needed to embark on their entrepreneurial journeys.

In addition to Dennis Kwak, the event featured valuable contributions from guest speakers Kenneth Lujan and David Burger. While Kwak provided a broad scope of support, Lujan and Burger offered more regionally and locally relevant advice. Guam Branch Manager of the U. S. Small Business Administration’s, Lujan addressed specific business opportunities and challenges within the CNMI, and Managing Partner of local accounting firm Burger & Comer, LLC, Burger delved into critical legal aspects of business ownership, including the various legal forms of small business entities and the importance of selecting a robust BAIL (Banking, Accounting, Insurance & Legal) team.

The full-day event not only offered essential training but also provided Veterans, military service members, and their families a unique opportunity to network and build a supportive community geared towards future business endeavors. The connections made during the event will undoubtedly foster a collaborative environment, encouraging shared success and mutual growth.

Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, Network Director of the CNMI SBDC, expressed her gratitude, saying, “We are incredibly proud of the turnout and the positive feedback from our participants. The success of this event underscores the importance of supporting our Veteran entrepreneurs. We remain committed to guiding them towards new opportunities and helping them thrive post-service to our country. We are thankful to our partners of the SBA, the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific and Dave Burger for making this opportunity available for our hardworking Veteran community.”

The CNMI SBDC Network continues to stand by our Veterans, offering ongoing support and resources to ensure their entrepreneurial success. For more information on our programs and services, visit our website at or follow us on our social media channels @cnmisbdc on Instagram or CNMI Small Business Development Center Network on Facebook to stay updated with our upcoming events and business opportunities.

For further inquiries, call us at (670) 237-6888 or via email at

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. The 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 SBDC Administrative Office Manager Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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