We are a four-phase training progression that culminates in launching a successful small business at the desired geographic location of the Tier-1 Operator selected for the Special Operations Forces Entrepreneurship Program (SOF-EP). The phases are designed to train, develop, capitalize, and assist in launching a US-based small business.
When pieced together, there are multiple assistance programs available to Veterans that could give an Operator an idea of starting a business. SOF-EP provides veterans with a full spectrum “education through opening” program that reduces the risk of failure that could negatively impact the operator, such as marital/family strain, bankruptcy, financial impact, or years of unrecoverable lost opportunity.
Special Operations Forces (SOF) acquire many elite skills throughout their careers that align with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Leadership, discipline, commitment, motivation, determination, time management, and rapid resource allocation have been tested often throughout their experiences and translate into business. Higher education, although extremely valuable, teaches fundamentals and theory; SOF personnel have learned through directly applying their acquired skills to real-life circumstances in the field. SOF-EP training objectives are designed to deliver the critical academic tools of starting their own business and becoming successful entrepreneurs without two years of coursework devoted to filler courses.
Training will be delivered online and through a series of interactive classes, lectures, activities, and quantifiable testing to show each student’s progress and their comprehension of starting a small business through entrepreneurial core competencies. Each student will be tasked with a syllabus and a training schedule to complete each section at their own pace. Blocks of instruction have been developed by public universities, private educational institutions, companies subject-matter-experts (SMEs). Information is updated in “real-time” as new or better courses are released, giving the SOF-EP the ability to remain fluid and current.