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May 30, 2013

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is coming to Seattle!

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is coming to Seattle!

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is an entrepreneurial training program for female veterans of all service eras and branches with a passion for and interest in either starting a new small business or growing an existing one. The program was recently opened to military spouses as well.

This unique training program was designed specifically by the Whitman School of Management and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University with the Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, to encourage and support female veterans with an interest in exploring career/opportunities in small business ownership. This particular entrepreneurship training program helps women veterans by providing them with the tools to become successful entrepreneurs; its goal is to integrate their leadership, integrity, focus, and drive into a premier education training program taught by accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States.

V-WISE enables female veterans to find their passion and learn business-savvy skills in order to turn their ideas or businesses into growth ventures while recognizing entrepreneurship as an important part of economic growth nationwide. This program helps female veterans to truly pursue their dreams and make them a reality!

Thus far, V-WISE has reached 6 cities and 800 female veterans and military spouses. By the end of 2013, the program aims to have trained over 1000.

V-WISE will be in Seattle August 16 – 18, 2013 at the Westin Bellevue hotel.

V-WISE is a three-phase program:

  • Phase 1: What’s first? A 15-day online, self-study course focuses on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business. Phase I begins Monday, July 22, 2013.
  • Phase 2: Ready, Set, Go! A three-day conference where participants are exposed to accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States. This segment includes two training tracks: a growth track, tailored to those participants already in business and a startup track focused on potential future entrepreneurs. Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, human resources and work life balance. (The online course segment is a prerequisite to conference training.).
  • Phase 3: Keep Moving …provides ongoing support and mentorship delivered online and through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners.

Admission is on a rolling basis so early application is highly recommended. Participants are responsible for a one-time $75 registration fee, their transportation to and from the on-site conference and associated parking fees. For those who register before June 14, the early bird fee is $50.00. All hotel and conference fees are covered through the support of the Small Business Administration.

If you are a female veteran, active-duty female transitioning within 24-months, spouse or female partner of a veteran who is starting or growing a small business, V-WISE may be right for you!

To apply, visit The application and registration deadline is July 10, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Florkowski, or (315) 877 – 2264.

About the IVMF

As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit for more information. Follow the IVMF on FacebookTwitterGoogle+VetNet and LinkedIn. Follow V-WISE onFacebook and Twitter.

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