Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Supports Veteran Entrepreneurs

Tallahassee, Fla. —The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business will host its ninth annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) today through June 14 in Tallahassee. The EBV program gives U.S. military veterans with service-related disabilities the training they need to become successful entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The 2016 FSU EBV class includes 21 veterans from 11 states including Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Four veterans are from the Air Force, nine are from the Army, four are from the Marine Corps and four are from the Navy.

During the EBV program, which includes a year-long mentoring component, veterans take a three-week online course, then travel to Tallahassee for onsite workshops with guest entrepreneurs on topics including business strategy, sales, marketing, leadership, operations and finance. The onsite training culminates with the participants preparing a venture pitch to promote their new business ideas to a group of panelists on their final day. The program includes an opening ceremony at the Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol and a closing ceremony at The Governors Club.

The EBV program is an important part of the Jim Moran Institute’s small business outreach activities. “The EBV program gives veterans a high quality executive education so they can develop and grow their own businesses,” said Randy Blass, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute. “We provide veterans with all of the tools and support that they need to meet the small business challenges ahead. We are proud to host this flagship veteran outreach program.”

Billy Francis, director of the FSU Student Veterans Center, stated “Florida State’s sponsorship of EBV for several years now aptly demonstrates the university’s campus-wide commitment to veteran support and success.”

FSU is one of ten sites participating in the EBV program, which was launched by Syracuse University in 2007. All FSU EBV services are provided to the veterans at no cost through the program’s generous donors. For more information about the FSU EBV program, visit http://jmi.fsu.edu/ebv.


Contact: Ashley Jarvis, (850) 510-5048, asedwards@fsu.edu

About the EBV Program
The national EBV program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007, and this year celebrates its tenth year of operation, leveraging the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-related disabilities.  Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to a total of ten world-class universities throughout the U.S., including the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles; College of Business at Florida State University; Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; School of Business at the University of Connecticut; E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University; School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University; Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University; the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri; and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.

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 executive education, public recognition and leading-edge research. The institute provides business owners – at little to no cost – the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to pursue new opportunities.

A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business with additional support through the years. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.

About the Student Veterans Center
In addition to providing veteran services and support, the FSU Student Veterans Center also serves as the cornerstone of the Veterans Alliance, which encompasses the range of Florida State University initiatives that ease the transition from military service to campus life, foster a community of past, present and future veterans, and raise awareness of veterans issues among the campus and local community.


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