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2014 EBV-F Program Kicks off at Florida State University

September 9, 2014

2014 EBV-F Program Kicks off at Florida State University

Time and again, Post-9/11 military family members have proven their resilience, dedication and grit in providing for the family during multiple deployments. Those serving in a caregiver role to their Post-9/11 service member seek a new challenge – entrepreneurship. The 3th annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) will be held at Florida State University (FSU) beginning September 10th and running through September 18th. The EBV-F program provides the cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small-business management needed to make the dream of owning a business a reality. The EBV-F continues to be largely privately funded, and is offered at no cost to first-degree family members of a Post-9/11 veteran with a service-connected disability and surviving spouses.

For its 2014 EBV-F class, FSU will be hosting 18 participants at its campus in Tallahassee, Florida. These military family members will be traveling to FSU from across the state of Florida and throughout the nation. Their ideas range from a web-based retail business to a paralegal services firm.

“We are excited to welcome the 2014 EBV-F class to Tallahassee and Florida State University this week” says Ashley Edwards, FSU EBV Program Manager. Edwards notes that “after working with this year’s class during the Phase I online training we are eager to meet these dedicated men and women in-person as we kick off the residency portion of our program here at FSU.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest class of EBV-F students at Florida State University for the Phase II in-residency portion of the training. The EBV-F program provides invaluable training on creating an economic path forward for military family members who now find themselves serving in a caregiver role. Our world-class team of speakers, instructors and entrepreneurs cannot wait to start working with this most deserving population of future business owners,” says the EBV & EBV-F National Program Manager, Jared Lyon.

The EBV-F was first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2010, building off of the successful Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. In 2011, the EBV Consortium of Schools, comprised of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, Purdue University, the University of Connecticut, the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, and Cornell University decided to expand the EBV-F program to the Florida State University College of Business. EBV-F has been offered at Florida State University since 2012 and at Syracuse University since 2010.

Today, each of these world-class business schools offers the EBV program on their campuses, with Syracuse University serving as the national ‘host’ for the program. The EBV Consortium represents the first major partnership of America’s schools and colleges of business since the end of World War II, formed with the express purpose of serving military veterans and their families.

For more information on the EBV or EBV-F program, please contact Jared Lyon, National Program Manager, at 315-443-6007 or jslyon@syr.edu.

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