Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans With Disabilities (EBV) At Cornell University Offers Free Specialized Hospitality Program To U.S. Veterans October 1 – 9

Participants to converge on campus for intensive nine-day residency to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership

EBV-Logo-(no-small-text---transparent)ITHACA, N.Y. [Sept. 30, 2016] – The EBV at Cornell University is the first in the world to have offered a specialized program focused on hospitality entrepreneurship to U.S. veterans at no cost. On Saturday, October 1, 20 disabled veterans will converge at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) to build on the traits of resilience, focus and leadership they developed in the military, and learn the basics of business ownership in the restaurant and food & beverage industries during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Hosted in partnership between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University, the EBV helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses.

EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week online course led by Sr. Lecturer and EBV director, Neil Tarallo. “The online portion of our program is designed to push our veterans directly into the marketplace and identify precisely who their customers are and what those customers value,” said Tarallo. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive nine-day residency (October 1 – October 9, 2016) on the campus at Cornell University, learning the specifics of food & beverage business ownership from established entrepreneurs and faculty from the Cornell SHA. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through the EBV Technical Assistance Program.

Sessions are led by more than a dozen Cornell SHA faculty members as well as other faculty members from across the Cornell University campus; the IVMF, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and finance and community banking professionals.

According to Tarallo, “Restaurants, food trucks, catering businesses, and other areas of the food & beverage industry offer great opportunities for veteran entrepreneurs, and there is no better place to learn about this industry than at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. The level at which our faculty, staff, and students contribute to EBV is truly remarkable and it is that participation that makes this program so impactful.

The fifth Cornell University EBV program takes place October 1 – October 9, 2016. Headlining the October 1 opening ceremony will be Paul Kilgore, CU EBV ‘14 founder of WAOGRANY Brewing, and Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Closing ceremonies will be held the evening of October 8, with guest speaker Mr. James McCaffrey ‘82, CEO of BTL Investments, former EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS, Inc.).

The program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded the EBV consortium to a total of ten universities throughout the U.S., including Cornell University.  Assistance from the 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 has produced more than 1,300 graduates since 2007, with 72 percent having launched a new venture after completing the EBV program,” said Tina Kapral, director of residency programs at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to work with Cornell University again to support our nation’s veterans and help them create and maintain their own small businesses.”

Elements of the Cornell program will be open to the media upon request, and program leaders and attendees will be available for interviews.

Details specific to the EBV at Cornell University can be found at Cornell EBV . More information on the nationwide EBV program can be found at IVMF.

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Media Contacts:

Kristen Ciferri
Program Manager at EBV-Cornell
Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
School of Hotel Administration, Cornell College of Business
Phone: 607.255.0179

Misty Stutsman
Director, Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Re. EBV – national program

About The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Founded in 1922, Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA) was the first collegiate program in hospitality management. Today it is regarded as the first and the best school of hospitality leadership—as well as the only one in the Ivy League.  In addition, the School is considered a ‘teaching hotel’ through the integration of courses at the world-renowned Statler Hotel as well as a provider of career-related job experience for students.

In 2006, the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship was established to support the academic entrepreneurial curriculum of the School of Hotel AdministrationThe Pillsbury Institute engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship. To support these critical goals, the institute offers students, entrepreneurs, and faculty an expanding range of courses, programs, and activities focused on advancing students’ entrepreneurship knowledge and mastery.

For more information, visit Cornell EBV.

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. For more information, visit IVMF.

About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program is a first-of-its-kind initiative that turns veterans into entrepreneurs! The EBV program, delivered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, leverages 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. For more information, visit IVMF.

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