Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) Kicks Off This Weekend at Syracuse University
IVMF program integrates training in entrepreneurship with caregiver and family issues, positioning veteran and military family members to launch and grow a small business.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (3/11/16)– Eighteen military family members from around the country will converge on Syracuse, New York, and the Syracuse University campus over the next eight days, March 12-19, to take advantage of cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F).
Delivered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) is an education and self-employment training program in entrepreneurship and small business management offered to military spouses, family members, or for the surviving spouse of a military member who gave his/her life in service to our country.
As part of the EBV-F opening ceremony (to be held on Saturday evening, March 12, in the Whitman School of Management, Flaum Grand Hall), Syracuse University, IVMF, and First Data–a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions–will publicly announce the creation of the national Center of Excellence (CoE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship. The CoE will work to unite veteran owned businesses, researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies in an organized effort to make transitioning service members, veterans, and their families successful business owners.
Following the launch of the CoE, Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, Office of Veteran Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will deliver keynote remarks at the EBV-F Opening Ceremony/Dinner. Ms. Carson brings a unique perspective and first-hand insight to her position. She is currently a Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, with more than 20 years of military experience, assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs. Additionally, Ms. Carson is a military spouse. During a family military assignment to Japan in 2006, she embarked on her first entrepreneurial adventure where she co-developed an outdoor personal training business with another military veteran.
“The EBV-F program leverages the flexibility inherent in small business ownership to provide a vocational and economic path forward for military spouses, family members or for the surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country,” says Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor of Veteran and Military Affairs, Syracuse University; Executive Director and Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).
Among the military family members attending the CoE launch and the EBV-F at Syracuse University is Clarice Lopez, of Destin, Fla. The spouse of a U.S. Army officer, Lopez founded Roost in Green – an online business platform that serves as the point of reference for sustainable interior design and architecture, offering purchasable eco-friendly home decor solutions at a user defined price point. Roost in Green’s Online Curator is an app that delivers styled home decor solutions in the shape of interactive mood boards.
A sampling of instructors and presenters (both national and well-known in the Syracuse, Central New York Region), who will engage with military family members and spouses at EBV-F include:
- Jennifer Pilcher, President, MilitaryOneClick, LLC
- Larry Broughton, CEO, broughtonHOTELS
- Gwen Webber-McLeod, President and CEO, Gwen, Inc.
- Ryan Novak, Owner, Chocolate Pizza Company
- Emily Gray Tedrowe, Author, Blue Stars
On Friday, March 18, EBV-F will present a panel, Creating and Fundraising for a Nonprofit Organization, featuring the following Syracuse, Central New York nonprofit leaders:
- Carolyn Hendrickson, Chief Development Officer, Rescue Mission
- Diane Kuppermann, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish, Central New York
- Sue Leahey, Chief Development Officer, Clear Path for Veterans
Visit http://ebv.vets.syr.edu/families/ for more information on the nationwide EBV-F program.
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Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
315-443-5690 / firstname.lastname@example.org