The Thurston Elmer Wood American Legion Post #198, in conjunction with the Middle Township Veterans Advisory Board, will host a Boots to Business Reboot seminar on Tuesday, April 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presented by the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Boots to Business Reboot is a free one-day program with a comprehensive 8-week online course for veterans who want to start, expand or purchase a small business. The training program provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisers.

Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Registration is required by March 30th at http://boots2business.org/rebootapply/ . Complementary refreshments will be provided courtesy of American Legion Post 198. For more information about the event, please contact George Spillane, SBA Veterans Small Business Outreach Officer at Eugene.Spillane@SBA.gov or (973) 645-2427.

The Thurston Elmer Wood American Legion Post #198 is located at Dias Creek Road and Hand Avenue.

The American Legion’s mission is to support active military personnel as well as veterans and their families in the community. The organization is an advocate of veterans affairs such as seeking better active-duty pay and improved housing for active-duty families and ensuring that the VA’s medical system properly cares for veterans.

American Legion membership is open to those currently on active duty serving honorably in the United States or elsewhere, as well as those having served honorably during any of the following war eras:

  • August 2, 1990 – present (Gulf War/Global War on Terrorism)
  • December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990 (Panama)
  • August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
  • February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946 (World War II)
  • April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918 (World War I)

National Guard and Reservists having been Federally activated (including basic training) during these same war eras are also eligible for American Legion membership. For more information about membership or Post #198, please contact Ed Dillio at (609) 463-0015.

The mission of the Middle Township Veterans Advisory Board is to advise Township Committee on programs and initiatives available to improve the quality of life for Middle Township’s veterans. The Board shall work to preserve the memory and dignity of all United States veterans worldwide and shall work with other local veteran and military groups to orchestrate local activities and ceremonies throughout the calendar year, particularly Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

For more information about the Middle Township Veterans Advisory Board, please contact Board Secretary Krystel Arana at karana@middletonship.com or (609) 465-8722.