THIS IS ALL THANKS IN PART, TO A NATIONAL PROGRAM – GUIDING SERVICE MEMBERS INTO THE WORLD OF BUSINESS. NEWS 13 )S JAMI SEYMORE LOOKS INTO THE PROGRAM )S IMPACT HERE IN THE STATE. JAMI? CRYSTAL, DAVID AS SERVICE MEMBERS EXIT THE MILITARY, THEY )RE OFTEN LOOKING FOR WHAT TO DO NEXT. BOOTS TO BUSINESS HELPS THEM WITH THINGS LIKE…HOW TO GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN, LEARN COMPUTER SKILLS, AND OTHER THINGS THEY NEED TO GET STARTED. The business community for veterans is growing drastically here in New Mexico. BOOTS TO BUSINESS IS THE SOLUTION TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROWTH. LOCALLY, IT )S A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS ) SERVICES, GUIDING FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS. When they first started the program, it was for the transitioning member. They realized those who are already out, don )t have access to the base. ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER, THE NUMBER OF VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS HAS INCREAED IN RECENT YEARS. Today, with the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, we )re seeing a tremendous increase in wanting to start their own businesses. And that )s also sparked the Vietnam veterans who are now at a point in their lives. AIR FORCE VETERAN CHRIS SWEETIN KNEW BUSINESS WAS A NO-BRAINER AFTER THE MILITARY. It )s not new to me. My dad has his own business, so I grew up around, my uncles, they have their own businesses, so it )s been in my family blood to basically have your own business. GOING THROUGH TWO ROUNDS OF BOOTS TO BUSINESS, SWEETIN OWNS A NUMBER OF SECURITY-BASED BUSINESSES IN ALBUQUERQUE. YEARS LATER, HE CAN STILL TURN TO THE PROGRAM FOR HELP. Anytime I had an issue, I could call over here and talk to with Rich and figure out if he didn )t know the answer, he knew where to go for me to get it.. WITH THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, THERE )S NO LIMIT TO VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE STATE. A lot of people start out really small, but if they )re really good they can grow really big. THE VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER ALSO OFFERS ONE- ON-ONE COUNSELING WITH CLIENTS AND DOES RESEARCH TO HELP THEM DECIDE IF IT )S THE RIGHT INDUSTRY FOR THEM. BACK TO YOU. THANKS, JAMI. ANY VETERANS WHO NEED ACCESS TO THESE RESOURCES CAN HEAD TO )ALWAYS ON ) KRQE DOT COM. A CAR IN RUSSIA IS GOING VIRAL THIS MORNING — AND YOU CAN SEE WHY.