Outreach program helps veterans transition to business world

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Now that they’re done serving their nation, a group of about 30 veterans is learning how to serve their community by starting a new business.

The veterans — some of them still serving in a National Guard or Reserve capacity — took an Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshop Friday as part of the Boots to Business Reboot program put on by Billings’ new Veterans Business Outreach Center.

The center is affiliated with Big Sky Economic Development and partners with the Small Business Administration to help veterans overcome the obstacles to opening their own business.

“I hope to learn more about applying for a loan to start my dream of having a commercial business outside of my home,” said Cindy Gabel, 53, a former Marine and current member of the Army Reserve who already teaches Pilates fitness in her home but wants to open a studio to help grow her business.

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