EBV national conference serves as a reunion for veterans and provides advanced training from experts in entrepreneurship

EBV national conference serves as a reunion for veterans and provides advanced training from experts in entrepreneurship

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in coordination with the EBV National Consortium of Universities, the EBV Foundation, and this year’s academic sponsor, The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, will host the 3rd annual EBV National Training and Alumni Conference on Oct. 25-27 at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in the growing Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

This advanced training conference is directly based on feedback from graduates of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) programs, regarding their needs to support furthering their entrepreneurial goals. Courses and sessions will reinforce what graduates learned during the EBV and EBV-F, in addition to updating them on changes that have occurred since graduation from the programs—from changes in the national economy to those that affect them personally as veterans.

The EBV national training and alumni conference offers a series of intense refresher courses, breakout sessions, keynote speakers and networking opportunities, and serves as a reunion for 150 graduates of the nationwide programs from the classes of 2007-2013. An advanced training and networking experience, the conference offerings include a range of topics designed for both the start-up entrepreneur and those looking to grow their existing ventures.

“The upcoming EBV National Training & Alumni Conference in Dallas, Texas this week is another great opportunity for veterans to enhance their marketability, enhance their business “brand,” and sharpen their tools for succeeding in the business sector. Personally, the special bond of comrade between all of the brave men and woman who have served our country proudly is what I am most excited about,” says Michael Bluemling Jr., a graduate of the 2013 FSU EBV program.

Keynote speakers for this year’s national conference include:

  • Larry Broughton, former U.S. Army Green Beret, best-selling author, award-wining entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Broughton Hotels.
  • Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan, Co-founders of Barefoot Cellars and authors of the New York Times bestseller “The Barefoot Spirit.”
  • Ted Lachowicz, retired investment banking senior leader, private equity investor, and president of the EBV Foundation, established in 2009.

Also being held this weekend is the 2nd annual EBV National Business Plan Competition. Made possible through support from with the Bob Woodruff FoundationDisabled American Veterans (DAV) and the EBV Foundation, 50 conference attendees will compete for a combined $75,000 in prize money to aid their current businesses.

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the EBV program, by the end of 2013, more than 800 veterans and 100 military family members will have graduated from the national programs since 2007. Though some participants operate previously established ventures, 57 percent of all EBV graduates have launched a new venture following their time in the program, and 88 percent still have those ventures operational. Through their ventures, EBV graduates have added more than 670 employees to the national workforce, many of them veterans themselves.

The EBV was founded at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007, with Syracuse University serving as the EBV national consortium’s headquarters. On the SU campus, the EBV is administered under the auspices of the IVMF, an academic center which leverages the national resources of higher education in service to the veteran and military families community. A national consortium consisting of a network of eight world-class schools offers the EBV nationwide through programs at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles; the College of Business at Florida State University; the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; the School of Business at the University of Connecticut; the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University; and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

For more information, contact Jared Lyon, National Program Manager, EBV & EBV-F at the IVMF at Syracuse, at (315) 443-6007 or jslyon@syr.edu.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

The IVMF is the first national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information. Follow the IVMF on FacebookTwitterGoogle+VetNet and LinkedIn.

About The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship 

The mission of The Jim Moran Institute is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, consulting and mentorship, and public recognition. Our faculty and staff provide students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. As the challenge of operating a business becomes more and more complex, The Jim Moran Institute is a continual source of education and expertise for both current and aspiring entrepreneurs. For more information about The Jim Moran Institute, visit www.jmi.fsu.edu.



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