The Veterans Business Outreach Center Region 2 Empowers Veteran Entrepreneurship in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is a one-stop shop for active duty service members, transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Training opportunities, counseling and mentoring in-person and online, referrals to partners and programs, and monthly network events are available at no cost.
Amy serves as Program Director for the Partnership’s Veterans Business Outreach Center covering the territories of NY/NJ/Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands. She is the initial point of contact for VBOC program clients and is responsible for facilitating and delivering Boots to Business, B2B: Reboot training programs, conducts client counseling services, case management, performance reporting, compliance, serves as POC for stakeholder and collaborative partners, and as moderator for network and outreach events.
Amy is a subject matter expert in business plan development, financial analysis, starting/growing and or selling a business, business lending, marketing, SDVOSB certifications, Boots to Business instruction, and networking.
Amy trains and works closely with VBOC staff in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program and event planning and marketing to spread awareness of available services. Amy is a board member of UMAC, VETCON Alliance, Stakeholders, NVSBC. She volunteers with the American Red Cross, Veterans Administration and AMVETS Post 35. Amy also owns her own small business and is a military spouse with over 20 years’ experience in business development.
Kathy Caruso has been with the Partnership since 2003. As Administrator, she is responsible for the management of the organization and the Veterans Business Outreach Program. Her responsibilities include contract and grant administration, coordination of Board activities, project management, marketing, program budgeting, audit compliance, and overseeing the organization’s daily activities. After earning a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Interamerican University, she worked as a production office coordinator in feature film production for major studios. Kathy is a participant in The Leadership Institute Class of 2019. She was a member of Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2011, served on LTV’s Steering Committee 2011-2012, Averill Park Education Foundation Board 2008-2017, VETCON Alliance, and HATAS’ 2018 Event Committee.
Sierra Teater is the Partnership’s Administrative Assistant serving the VBOC Region II staff and operations, and has been working with our VBOC team since November 2018. Her duties include website and calendar updates, creating Constant Contact emails, webinars, social media posts, assisting with planning events and conferences around our Region and with travel arrangements for our Director and staff. She also assists our clients edit/review their business plans, cash flow statements, and loan or grant options. Sierra is currently pursuing her BA in Business Management and has her AS degree in Veterinary Technologies, so she loves working with Veterans and Veterinarians alike!
Retired US Army Sgt. 1st Class Juan Marrero joined the VBOC Region II team in April 2019 as Outreach Specialist to provide business training, counseling and mentoring to veteran entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Juan is bilingual in English and Spanish and brings a unique skillset and familiarity to the population he serves in the region as they start or grow their own small business. Juan was an active duty service member for 22 years. He has an extensive training background, skills as a highly qualified professional in the manufacturing industry and experience providing ERP, or enterprise resource planning, services such as software testing, production support, training, and solutions implementation. Juan completed a Technical Degree in Computer and Network Repair/ AutoCAD from the Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico and studied Chemistry at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
The Arsenal Partnership’s Veterans Business Outreach Center is partially funded by the U.S. SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD). The OVBD exists to help veterans become full partners in economic development through small business ownership.
You can visit their website at www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.