The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, through a strategic partnership, assisted post-9/11 service-disabled veterans to attend the 2014 National Veteran Small Business Engagement, December 9-11, in Atlanta, GA.
The partnership allowed veterans to apply for grants that covered conference admission fees, lodging and transportation, to promote entrepreneurship and small-business ownership in the veteran community. Conference grants and applications were administered through the IVMF. Qualified applicants were post-9/11 service-disabled veterans who own, or aspire to own, a small business and are graduates of IVMF entrepreneurship training programs. Grants are awarded on a first-received basis.
“The impact of these grants for the veteran entrepreneurs attending is substantial. This opportunity will allow them to become familiar with industry opportunities within government procurement and build relationships with decision makers” says Raymond Toenniessen, IVMF Managing Director of Development and External Relations. “These relationships could become potential customers and partners that are committed to working with veterans entrepreneurs.”
“These veterans are not defined by their injuries, rather they are driven by a desire to succeed in business,” says Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “The conference provides a level of engagement that will help them achieve their goals by attending working sessions that build on their entrepreneurial skill sets and connect them to decision makers in similar industries.”
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 46,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $22 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than 2 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
About the IVMF
The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, VetNet and LinkedIn.