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MiraCosta College Opens Vets Business Training Center

MiraCosta College Opens Vets Business Training Center

Photo caption: A ribbon is cut in front of the MiraCosta College Veterans Business Outreach ...

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A ribbon is cut in front of the MiraCosta College Veterans Business Outreach Center in Carlsbad, July 5, 2016.

MiraCosta College Opens Vets Business Training Center

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Sunny Cooke, president, MiraCosta College

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MiraCosta College in Carlsbad opened a new center to help veterans start their own businesses on Tuesday.

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A map shows the Carlsbad location of MiraCosta College's Veterans Business Outreach Center. The center opens on July 5, 2016.

Veterans who want to start their own business now have a new resource to help them navigate the paperwork to win government contracts. MiraCosta College on Tuesday is opening the Veterans Business Outreach Center in Carlsbad, the first center of its kind in Southern California.

Sunny Cooke, president of MiraCosta College, said many veterans are uniquely qualified to offer contract services being sought by governmental agencies such as the Department of Defense.

“Our job is to help them navigate the process,” Cooke said. “So this is a way to help these veterans to become well positioned to become vendors for these organizations that are looking to do business with veteran-owned organizations.”

The new outreach center is based in MiraCosta’s North San Diego Small Business Development Center at 2075 Las Palmas Drive.

In the past 18 months, Cooke said, the college has helped North County businesses get $35 million worth of government contracts. That track record likely helped MiraCosta win a highly competitive $250,000 federal grant to focus on veterans.

“It was a very competitive process and only six awards were made around the United States,” Cooke said. “We think it’s going to be a great resource.”

Two staffers have been hired for the center. They will organize two-day free trainings on Southern California military bases, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, Twentynine Palms, Camp Pendleton and Miramar. The center will also offer individual counseling to veterans who want to start their own businesses.

About 236,000 veterans live in San Diego, and 10 percent of MiraCosta’s student population is made up of veterans, active duty military or their dependents, according to the latest economic report from the San Diego Military Advisory Council.

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