Episode salutes the military and will feature veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs
SYRACUSE, NY (01/28/16) — Two graduates of the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program, Angela Cody-Rouget (V-WISE Denver, 2013) and Kristina Guerrero (V-WISE San Diego, 2012), will appear on the FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (9:00–10:01 p.m. EST) episode of “Shark Tank,” on the ABC Television Network.
Angela Cody-Rouget is the founder and owner of Major Mom® and one of three Certified Professional Organizers in Arizona. She will join other veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs trying to enlist the Sharks’ investments in their products on Episode 719 of “Shark Tank.”
During this Feb. 5 episode, “Shark Tank” will also revisit Air Force veteran Kristina Guerrero, owner of TurboPup, the canine meal bars, in which Daymond John invested last season, to see how her business has expanded in just 18 months.
V-WISE, the nation’s leading entrepreneurship training program for women veterans and active duty spouses, was created by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“Angela and Kristina are shining examples of the more than 1,900 V-WISE graduates who are ‘Bold Enough to Make it Happen,” says Meghan Florkowski, IVMF Program Manager for V-WISE, Army Veteran, and military spouse. “The IVMF, Syracuse University and the entire V-WISE family are so proud of their accomplishments … as women veterans, small business owners and “Shark Tank” success stories.”
In ABC Entertainment’s Jan. 20 promotion, “Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs try to enlist the Sharks’ investments in their products—will it be a mission accomplished? Two military spouses from Murfreesboro, TN have built a handbag empire using upcycled military materials and piecework from other military spouses—but will the $200+ price point for a bag deter a deal? A former Marine from Columbia, MD and his business partner from Dallas, TX try to sell the Sharks on their gloves that put wireless control of your phone at your fingertips, even while on the ski slopes and motorcycles. A former Air Force Major (Angela Cody-Rouget) from Phoenix, AZ looks to franchise her personal organization business that can keep Americans’ homes “majorly” de-cluttered. Two veteran army rangers tout their product line, which empowers locals who make “cool products in dangerous places”—namely Colombia, Afghanistan and Laos—from sandals to sarongs and jewelry. They promote peace through business instead of bullets.”
Both Cody-Rouget and Guerrero are finalists for The National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s (NaVOBA) 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur® of the Year. They are also past 1st place winners (Cody-Rouget in 2015 and Guerrero in 2014) of the Citi Salutes: Realizing Your Dream Business Plan Competition, a national initiative designed to recognize and support veteran entrepreneurs with the best business plans.
“The U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to support V-WISE and celebrate the success of TurboPup and Major Mom!” said Barb Carson, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “Strong, purposeful programs like V-WISE, and the relationship that SBA shares with IVMF, are propelling the dreams of small business ownership forward.”
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Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), created by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and offered in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides the tools women veterans, active duty and female family members need to become successful entrepreneurs. V-WISE enables women veterans to find their passion and learn business-savvy skills to turn ideas or businesses into growth ventures. A three-phase program, V-WISE is offered to 200 participants per session, and includes two tracks of training; a growth track for participants already in business, and a start-up track, focused on potential entrepreneurs. Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, human resources and work-life balance. Ongoing support and mentorship is delivered online and through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners. http://vets.syr.edu/vwise/.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES (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. Learn more about IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu.
ABOUT THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) AND ITS OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital (Business Financing); Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, and Technical Assistance & Training); Government Contracting (Federal Procurement); and Advocacy (Voice for Small Business). The SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development formulates, executes and promotes policies and programs to empower veteran small business ownership and serves as an ombudsman for Veterans to ensure all SBA programs are accessible to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. For more information visit www.sba.gov and www.sba.gov/vets.