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) – base access is required.

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

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

Debra Petitpain, Business Advisor/Instructor (Charleston Area/Lowcountry)
Bastin Hall 326
(o) 843-953-8563

Amy Brunson, Business Advisor/Instructor (Online)
Bastin Hall 326
(c) 843-819-9734

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.