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Serving Veterans Coast to Coast: EBV Program Provides Entrepreneurship ‘Bootcamp’ Training to Post 9/11 Veterans

July 7, 2016

Serving Veterans Coast to Coast: EBV Program Provides Entrepreneurship ‘Bootcamp’ Training to Post 9/11 Veterans

Aspiring veteran entrepreneurs to receive small business training at UCLA, Texas A&M, and Syracuse University in July

More than 80 veterans with disabilities will converge on the UCLA, Texas A&M, and Syracuse University campuses in July to leverage the valued skills gained from military service and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).EBF-10th

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and nine other EBV consortium schools across the country deliver the EBV Program to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities, who desire to develop the skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses.  Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows participants to attend the EBV program cost-free.

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management will hold its EBV program from July 9 – 17, 2016.
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management will both run their respective EBV programs July 16 through July 23.

EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week online instructor-led course where participants shape business plans and learn business language. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive eight-day residency at each university, learning the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership from established entrepreneurs and educators. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through EBV Technical Assistance – managed by the IVMF.

Veterans enrolled in the EBV Program are striving to follow in the footsteps of past EBV graduates like …

  • John Raftery (Waxahachie, TX), who after graduating from the very first EBV-Syracuse program in 2007, founded Patriot Contractors – a material handling and construction company that was named by Inc. Magazine in 2012 as one of America’s 500 fastest growing private companies.
  • Jerome Taylor (Greenbelt, MD), who less than 10 months after graduating from EBV-Syracuse in 2014, connected his company, Digital Forensic Services (DFS), with one of the largest Defense Contractors supporting a multi-million-dollar contract.
  • Abraham Negron (Spring, TX), whose company, Fidelis Solutions, aims to transform the Career Placement Services model to place more veterans and military spouses into the workplace. In less than one year since graduating from EBV-Texas A&M in 2015, Negron and Fidelis have secured job placement partnerships with more than 17 major employers throughout the Houston area.
  • Following her graduation from EBV- UCLA in 2011, Kari Brizius (U.S. Army veteran from Orange County, CA) had a vision for her Minnesota-based company, Relan, to help organizations become part of a greener landscape. Today, Relan is dedicated to telling a company’s sustainable story through unique, branded products created from upcycled and recycled components.
  • Justin Bajema (Allendale, MI) struggled significantly with both the physical and psychological consequences of his combat experiences and injuries, yet following his graduation from EBV-Syracuse in 2007, launched Access Property Management Group. Today, his real estate investment and management companies manage a portfolio of properties valued in excess of several millions of dollars.

“EBV has produced more than 1,300 graduates since 2007, of whom 68% have launched new ventures,” said Tina Kapral, Senior Director of Education and Training at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to work again with UCLA and Texas A&M to support our nation’s veterans in creating and growing their own small businesses.”

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this July, the EBV program was launched at Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded the EBV Program to ten world-class universities throughout the U.S.  In addition to Syracuse University, UCLA, and Texas A&M University, the EBV Program is also offered at the following universities:

  • College of Business at Florida State University
  • Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
  • School of Business at the University of Connecticut (UCONN)
  • J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
  • Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University
  • Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, EBV alumni and their ‘military service to veteran-owned business stories’ please contact Wayne Westervelt at the IVMF at (315) 443-5690.


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Media Contacts:

Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
Phone: (315) 443-5690 or cell: (315) 558-9483; Email: wwesterv@syr.edu

Elise Anderson, Director of Media Relations
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Phone: (310) 206-7537; Email: elise.anderson@anderson.ucla.edu

Shanna Spencer, Program Manager
Texas A&M University
Phone: (979) 845-0619; Email: sspencer@mays.tamu.edu

About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (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 UCLA Anderson School of Management; 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.  Learn more at http://ebv.vets.syr.edu/.

About Texas A&M University and Mays Business School
Texas A&M University, currently enrolling more than 45,000 students, is the oldest public university in the state. One of its most cherished traditions and legacies is the Corp of Cadets. With the exception of the service academies, A&M’s Corps makes up the nation’s largest uniformed student body, with approximately 1,800 students participating, and annually commissions more officers than any other institution. To date, more than 220 former cadets have achieved the rank of general or admiral. Since 1968, Mays Business School has been training ethical business leaders to impact the global society. Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools for the quality of its academic programs and faculty scholarship and currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. Mays is home to seven centers that advance innovative theory and best practices in a broad range of business functional areas including new ventures and entrepreneurship. These centers offer a direct connect for faculty and professionals to collaborate on research, and for students to be exposed to ideas advancing business today.  For more information about the EBV Program at Texas A&M, visit http://mays.tamu.edu/center-for-new-ventures-and-entrepreneurship/about-ebv-at-texas-am/.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management & the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the world’s leading business schools, with faculty members who are globally renowned for their excellence in teaching and research that advances management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia, and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, doctoral and executive programs, as well as its centers of excellence, embody the school’s Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders who seek to develop the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Read more at http://www.anderson.ucla.edu.

UCLA Anderson’s Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education. Through its research, courses and active learning initiatives, the Price Center provides students, entrepreneurs and executives with the tools and experiences to launch and lead organizations that drive purposeful innovation, empower employees and make a significant contribution to society. Read more at http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/centers/price.

Read more at http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/EBV.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (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. Supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families, the IVMF and its staff of more than 60 professionals deliver class-leading programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training. The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies; and works with communities and non-profits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. Read more at http://vets.syr.edu/.

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