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EBV FAQs

As you prepare to make one of the biggest decisions of your life, you deserve all the answers. If you are considering the EBV, chances are you might have some concerns and questions. Ask us! If you cannot find an answer to what you’re looking for here, please contact us.

What are the differences between EBV and EBV-F?

The EBV program, because it is specifically for the veteran, includes specific training on government contracting issues related to vets, training on how to maximize benefits, and other special veterans’ programs to help launch and grow the business. This content is not included as much in the EBV Families program, but it is replaced with training focused on family issues, caregiver issues and work-life balance issues related to being a business owner.

Are active-duty service members currently stationed in a WTU or Wounded Warrior Battalion eligible for the program?

Yes. In-place of a VA disability rating, a letter on command letterhead stating a service member is currently stationed in a Wounded Warrior Battalion or a WTU will suffice.

Does this program require use of VOC-Rehab benefits?

No. EBV does not require the use up any VOC-Rehab benefits.

Does this program require use of GI Bill benefits?

No, this program does not use up any GI Bill benefits.

I have special dietary requirements. Can these be accommodated?

Yes, we will make every effort to accommodate these requests.

How will I get to and from the airport?

Transportation will be provided throughout the bootcamp residency for our delegates.

Your program information states that all costs will be assumed by the EBV Host Schools. Does this include travel and lodging while attending the bootcamp?

Yes. It is our position that through your service, you have already earned the price of admission. We have assumed the responsibility to raise the necessary funds to cover all costs associated with the Phase II Bootcamp portion of the program. Travel expenses, lodging, meals, program materials, textbooks, and the cost of the program itself will be funded entirely by the EBV program for those students accepted into the program.

You require two letters of recommendation: Why? And who should these letters come from?

Starting a business is hard. The EBV program was developed and designed as an intense, rigorous program positioned to help those individuals with a drive, determination, and passion for business ownership take the first steps toward that goal. As such, we are seeking applicants who have demonstrated such drive and determination in their approach to life and work. Letters of recommendation can come from personal or professional sources, such as from current or former co-workers, commanders, supervisors, counselors, etc. Both of the Letters of Recommendation will assist us in the admissions assessment. Letters of recommendation from family members are strongly discouraged.

Are members of the National Guard and Reserves eligible for the program?

Yes. The only qualifications to be eligible for the program are a service-connected disability, military service post-9/11, and a passion for starting your own business.

Do I need to have a college degree, or have taken some college courses, to attend?

No. The EBV is designed to take any students who qualify for the EBV program, regardless of prior educational experiences, through the steps and stages of starting a new business.

Are there spaces still available for this year’s program?

EBV operates on a rolling admissions process and generally, there is an EBV occurring at one of our Consortium Universities from March – November each year.  Though there is no application deadline, seats are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible – seats fill up very quickly!