A variety of face-to-face trainings and events are hosted by the SoCal VBOC throughout the year. Workshops covering business start-up and pre-planning, and government contracting take place monthly. Specialty events such as “Meet the Buyers” and the California Procurement Event are offered throughout the year.

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Business Start-up & Preplanning

Boots to Business

Boots to Business

Designed for service members and military spouses at military installations on the road to entrepreneurship.


• Identify business opportunities
• Draft a business plan
• Connect with local small business resources
• Launch your small business
• Learn marketing basics

Boots to Business | Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot

Designed for transitioning service members, Guard, Reserve, Veterans of all eras and military-connected family members.


• Identify business opportunities
• Draft a business plan
• Connect with local small business resources
• Launch your small business
• Learn marketing basics

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Steps to Starting Your LGBTQ+ Owned Business

Are you a queer, trans or gender non-conforming person looking to launch a business? If so, this workshop will help get you headed in the right direction.


• Permits and licenses
• Business entities
• Business plans
• LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification

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Business Planning

Business Plans in Action

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin. Whether you are launching, expanding or pivoting your business, this deep dive will take you through the process of how to complete each step in the business plan outline.

Topics Include

• Writing an executive summary
• Industry & market analysis
• Marketing strategy
• Operations & organizational design
• Implementation
• Financial strategy & management
• Legal structure
• Record keeping
• Cash management
• Forecasting
• Personnel
• Exit strategy

SBA National Small Business Week
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Join U.S. Small Business Administration for the National Small Business Week 3-Day Virtual Conference on Tuesday, September 22 – Thursday, September 24, 2020. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday, September 23 for the Veteran Resources Presentation and to catch success story testimonials from veteran and military spouse small business owners.

Tuesday, September 22 | 1:00 p.m. EDT – 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • Opening ceremony and presentation of the National Small Business Award Winners, included the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24 | 9:00 a.m. EDT – 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • Educational presentations and panel discussions that help both new and existing businesses to recover, adapt, and innovate in this challenging time.


Experiencehe National Gathering of Veterans! Honoring all Veterans in a Traditional Native Way is a yearly event that is usually held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. This year due to COVID-19, the event will take place virtually as a webinar, with portions of it being broadcast from Trickster Cultural Center itself. This full-day event Saturday, September 26th honors Veterans and military personnel of all cultures, eras and branches in a Native way.

Join the Trickster Cultural Center to participate in special panels led by Veterans and Veteran service providers on topics ranging from traditional health and wellness, working with the VA, jobs and economic development for Veterans after service and more.

Watch entertaining performances from cultural groups and participate in powwow-style dancing with Veterans, all virtually!

This event is free and open to all to sign up who would like to honor all those in the United States Military.

Trickster Cultural Center National Connections 6th Annual National Gathering of Veterans
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