Perillo informs veterans of small business start-up assistance

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton is reminding local veterans that assistance is available to help some of them start their own small business in the form of the Boots to Suits program.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is a consortium of business schools and universities that host programs for veterans interested in starting and owning businesses.

The University of Connecticut School of Business, one of eight participating institutions, welcomed 23 veterans last year.

The program is free to post-9/11 military veterans with service-connected disabilities, and mostly privately funded.

The veterans who participate in the program receive laptops, business suits, and training on the fundamentals of business ownership.

Help utilize skills attained in the service

Perillo said the bootcamp is a way to assist men and women returning to civilian life after serving their country.

He said it “can help set veterans on their way to productive careers that employ the skills they attained in the service of our nation in concert with new skills and tools, which give them a jump-start.”

Who qualifies for program

To qualify for the program, applicants should have separated from active duty service after 2001 or be in the administrative process of separating; have a “service-connected disability” as a result of military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves); and demonstrate a strong interest in small business ownership or management.

Perillo, a Republican, represents the 113th District that includes most of Shelton. He was first elected in 2007.