SC Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

As of 1 May 2023, the Veteran Transformational Learning Initiative (VTLI) hosts the South Carolina Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).

VBOC is designed as a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Responsible for the Boots to Business, Reboot, business development assistance, training, counseling, mentoring, and resource referrals across South Carolina, the VTLI looks forward to assisting military-affiliated personnel in unlocking their entrepreneurial potential.

Registration Required: Prior to providing business counseling, the U.S. Small Business Administration required all clients to register with VBOC and complete the Request for Counseling Form. This form serves as the Confidentiality and Code of Conduct agreement. All client information is held in strict confidence. This request for business counseling is Free and Confidential.

Boots to Business (B2B) classes Schedule (face-to-face)

  • Check availability at your local military installation (Search HERE for Fort Jackson, JB Charleston AFB, Shaw AFB, MCRD Paris Island, NWS, JB Charleston Weapon Station, CG Station/Tradd Street) – base access is required except NWS.

Boots to Business Reboot (B2B Reboot) classes (off installation) in SC

  • Online (from anywhere) every 3rd Thursday of every month 1300-1700 EST (open to all)
  • Face-to-face in person (1-day)
    • 8 March 2024 – Greenville @ UWS – Register Here! – Free Lunch (registration required, sponsored by Comerica)
    • 2 May 2024 – Columbia @ USC/Columbia Technology Incubator – Register Here! – Free Lunch (registration required, sponsored by Comerica)
    • 31 October 2024 – Columbia @ USC/Columbia Technology Incubator – Register Here!

National Small Business Week – April 26-May 3, 2024

  • 29 April 2024 (1300 – 1430) – Export 101 for Veteran Small Businesses (Via Zoom) – Pre-Registration Required – Click Here
  • 30 April 2024 – BRAILS Panel /Networking Event@Bastin Hall/The Citadel/89 Hagood Avenue – Registration is forthcoming. Event sponsored by Comerica. Register Here!
  • 1 May 2024 11am- Webinar – Investigating Veteran Franchising Ownership (45 Minutes). Register Here!
  • 2 May 2024 – Boots 2 Business Reboot – Columbia @ USC/Columbia Technology Incubator – Register Here! – Free Lunch (registration required, sponsored by Comerica)

VBOC Contacts

CJ. Williams, Director of SC VBOC
Bastin Hall 328
(0) 843-953-5867

Deborah Remsen, Business Advisor/Instructor (Columbia Area/Virtual SC VBOC Location)
Bastin Hall 328
(c) 843-408-7931

David Desplaces, Director of VTLI/Instructional Designer/Business Advisor
Bastin Hall 319
(o) 843-953-2717

Dan Morrison, Business Advisor/Instructor (Charleston Area/Lowcountry)
Bastin Hall 326
(o) 843-953-8563 (c) 843-608-8333

Brea Martin, Office Support/Team Member (Charleston Headquarters) Bastin Hall 326

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.