Boots to Business workshops help service members

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Military veterans wanting to make a career move can get a bit of a boost.

There's an entrepreneurial workshop for vets and military families called Boots to Business.

The US Business Small Business Administration offers this free event so veterans and active members can take advantage of opportunities to start a business and/ or grow their business.

The Boots to Business workshop helps service members, like Tim Sybrant, start their own business. Right now, he works out of his garage and wants to grow his business as a custom woodworker.

"Basically working out of my garage about four, five months out of the year because it's cold so I got a limited time frame, and I'm trying to go from working in a non-heated garage to a heated garage and having people work for me," said Sybrant.

Getting all of his lumber from North Dakota barns and fallen trees.

"Tables, desks, chairs, succulent holder chairs, toilet paper holders, basically everything and anything," said Sybrant.

He says SBA is teaching him how to market his brand, and manage a budget.

"What's nice is you get in contact with all the various agencies that can help, and there's a number of them here in North Dakota, and it's bringing them all together in one room and letting people ask questions and learn about it all at one time," said Dean Rummel, volunteer mentor for Score.

Rummel is a volunteer mentor for Score, an entrepreneur assistance service.

"It's a great opportunity for vets, because they have served our country of course, so very well and to have them start businesses, the discipline that's needed is certainly there with the vets," said Rummel.

Rummel says by going to and putting in your zip code, you can request a mentor. Sybrant says there are many opportunities for service members and vets to get help, if you look for it.

For more information on the Boots to Business events you can contact Hettianne Cekalla at the US Small business administration at 701-250-4303​

To follow Tim Sybrant's woodwork, go to @DustyBarnDesigns on Facebook and Instagram.