Grant funds military veteran entrepreneurship training in Anchorage and Fairbanks
[ANCHORAGE, March 12, 2015] – Wells Fargo has awarded the Alaska Small Business Development Center with a $25,000 grant to fund the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program for military veterans.
Boots to Business, developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), equips service members with the education and training they need to start and run a successful business as they transition to civilian life. Wells Fargo Anchorage Business Specialist Phillip Izon will facilitate a workshop on startup financing on March 17 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
“Veterans have a unique skill set that lends itself to entrepreneurialism. Through the Boots to Business program, we’ll work with veterans to set a clear path to business ownership,” said Isaac Vanderburg, Alaska Small Business Development Center executive director.
Wells Fargo is investing a total of $75,000 in four nonprofits serving Alaska military families and veterans as part of the company’s three-year, $35 million commitment to help veterans with basic needs, career transition, financial education, and sustainable housing. Other 2014 Wells Fargo military funding grantees in Alaska include:
◾Alaska Legal Services Corporation – $25,000 for legal counsel for veterans in need
◾Camp Fire USA, Alaska Council – $15,000 for Camp Purple youth summer camp for children of deployed troops
◾Armed Services YMCA of Alaska – $10,000 to support food pantries on JBER and Fort Wainwright