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FARMINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it is seeking proposals from nonprofits, state, local and tribal government agencies, and institutions of higher learning as part of a funding competition called "Boots to Business."

The program will provide entrepreneurship training to service members, military spouses and veterans, including members of the Reserve and National Guard, according to an SBA news release.

The competition is offered by the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. Training will be provided by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program.

Among other criteria, applicants should have a demonstrated history of providing quality entrepreneurship or business management training to transitioning service members or veterans.

A total of $2.5 million is available annually for up to five years. The initial award is for 12 months, and at the end of the grant period, the SBA has the option to continue the grant annually up for to four years.

Eligible interested parties should submit their proposal at grants.gov, using opportunity number B2B-2017-01, by 11:49 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 17.

For more information, contact John Lira at john.lira@sba.gov.

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