Veteran participants will converge on the Syracuse University to continue along their paths to small business ownership; EBV celebrates a decade of service
Twenty-seven veterans with disabilities will converge on the Syracuse University campus on Saturday, July 16, to leverage the valued skills gained from military service and learn the basics of business ownership during the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the EBV program. It was launched at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to nine additional universities throughout the United States. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), corporate partners and donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.
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.
The opening ceremony, to be held on Saturday, July 16, from 6-9 p.m., in Flaum Grand Hall in the Whitman School of Management, will include a celebration of the 10-year anniversary, a welcome to the EBV class of 2016, and feature a keynote address from Dr. Melvin Stith, Dean Emeritus of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and former Army Captain.
Throughout the week leading up to the closing ceremony on Saturday, July 23, EBV participants from Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Idaho, New York, Arkansas, Indiana, Colorado, Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina will engage in coursework and attend classes on the following topics:
- The Entrepreneurial Experience
- Developing an Entrepreneurial Strategy
- Introduction to the Venture Pitch
- Orientation to Business Research
- Introduction to the Business Plan
- Operations and Your Operating Model
- Financing Your Venture
- Understanding the Numbers: Accounting for Small Business
- Taxes & Business Strategy
- Building Your Personal Brand
- Supply Chain and Logistics Management
- Leveraging Technology to Launch & Grow Your Business
Over the last ten years, EBV has a proven record of helping veterans achieve their goals of starting businesses and becoming successful entrepreneurs. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 1,393 EBV graduates are well on their way to becoming entrepreneurs
- $288 million (and growing) in revenue has been generated by EBV graduate businesses
- 72% of EBV graduates have started their own businesses; 92% of those are still in business today
- 1 out of every 4 EBV graduate businesses grosses over $100,000/year
- 23 – The average number of people employed by an EBV graduate
- EBV graduate businesses currently employ 2,924 people
“The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and the greater IVMF team have been amazing,” said Anthony Armelino, Program Manager of EBV and EBV-Families. “The EBV program has been, and continues to be, a successful program because of the generosity of many education professionals, business owners and IVMF staff who choose to volunteer for the program. We are very fortunate to have several of them teach our classes, coach and mentor the EBV students, and provide feedback to the veterans’ business venture pitches the final day of the course. They truly understand our motto: ‘In service to those that served.’”
Elements of the Syracuse University EBV program will be open to the media upon request, and program leaders and attendees will be available for interviews. For more information visit Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Office: 315.443-5690 Cell: 315.558.9483
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 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
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 IVMF.