Welcome to the Family!

As a graduate or participant of one of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ programs, you are a part of an ever-growing network of IVMF alumni across the globe! As IVMF was founded at Syracuse University and is headquartered on their campus, completing an IVMF program also makes you a Syracuse University alum! This extensive network is here for you to stay connected and leverage for your professional/entrepreneurial journey.

Take advantage of resources, webinars, and a community of veterans and military spouses that share the IVMF bond through their post-service lives. Long after you complete your course or residency, you are connected to the IVMF team for follow-up resources and opportunities as your professional goals evolve. No matter if you graduated from Onward to Opportunity or one of the eight ARESENAL entrepreneurship programs, the Alumni Services team supports all IVMF graduates in realizing and accomplishing their professional and personal goals.

  • Connect with Alumni

    The IVMF will be launching the CORE (Community for Online Resources and Engagement) for graduates of all IVMF programs in Fall 2019! Be on the lookout for an email from us to be invited to the community!

    The IVMF CORE will allow alumni to:

    1.  Connect with graduates from all program cohorts and across all of IVMF’s programs
    2. Network and ask questions based on industry, interest, etc.
    3. Search for graduates based on business, region, interest, industry, etc.
    4. Update your Information to make connections and showcase your business
    5. Mentor or be mentored by a fellow IVMF alum
    6. Set and monitor goals to help you with your professional endeavors
    7. View and submit requests for Post Program Support Resources
    8. Keep updated on what’s new at the IVMF and other outside opportunities

    and so much more!

    For questions, please contact us.

  • VetNet

    VetNet is a free, convenient online-based webinar program geared to educate and advocate for veterans and military families. Watch new webinars live and find our archive of past webinars. 

  • Be an Ambassador

    What does it mean to be an IVMF Alumni Ambassador?

    Graduates from an IVMF program are the best people to tell the IVMF story and how the programs and resources are important for the military-connected community. We are not only looking for alumni to share their experiences with the IVMF, but also those who wish to remain connected after they graduate to help students who come after them and fellow alumni!

    Interested in volunteering as an IVMF Alumni Ambassador? Submit your interest form and we’ll reach out when an opportunity is available in your area.

  • Support the IVMF
    1. Tell us your story so we can share it to help those who are in the same position that you were once upon a time.
    2. You can volunteer your time and expertise to help! Share your business advice in a webinar or register to teach a class!
    3. Of course, the simplest way to support our mission is by making a gift.
  • Alumni Resources

    Find Your Post Program Support Right Here:

    EBV Graduate Support
    VWISE Post-Program Support
    O2O Alumni Services

    Questions? Contact us.

Latest Webinars

How Important is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Tracy walkerEvent Details

December 16, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. EST


Tracy Walker | Director of Marketing Sales

This session will cover topics on: 

  • What is SEO & Local SEO and difference between these two
  • Whay is SEO important
  • How can Entrepreneurs Benefit from using SEO
  • How to an affective (Lead Generating) Landing Pages

Register now.

Succession Planning: Now What? - Part 4

 Event Details

January 14, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. EST

This session will cover topics on: 

Part 4 will cover how to develop a success plan and how to identify and develop prospective business owners.

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing the next generation of leaders. Planning appropriately helps you prepare to increase the availability of experienced and capable employees prepared to become business owners. Learn more about the succession planning process and how it can be beneficial to your business.

Register now.

Financial Concerns for Privately Held Business Owners

Chuck DavisEvent Details

December 16, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. EST


Chuck Davis | Founder & Managing Principal of Main Street Financial, Inc.

This session will cover topics on: 

    • Business Preservation Plans
    • Asset Protection
    • Liability Insurance
    • Retirement Planning
    • Estate Planning
    • Life Settlement
    • Income Tax Planning
    • Disability Income
    • Life Insurance
    • Group Hospitalization
    • Fringe Benefit Analysis

Register now.


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Meet the Team

The IVMF Alumni Services team is here to support you throughout your post-service journey. Have a question on what benefits you receive as an alum or simply want to connect? Reach out to the team today.

Ashley Squairs

Ashley Cavender

Manager | Alumni Services

Elvis Avdic

Advisor | IVMF Post-Program Support

Laura Cooper

Director | Advising & Enrollment Services
Onward to opportunity graduate Dan Walker.

“Leave your rank at the door, be prepared to start at the bottom. Your experience in the Military is invaluable, but with a new profession you are going to have learn new things, and there is no better place to do that in the trenches. Right now, that’s what I’m doing in the classroom. I’m using my vast leadership experience to help make me successful yet learning everyday about a new profession. O2O helped me get in the right mindset do that.”

Military Installation: Fort Carson
CISSP Graduate
Corpus Christi Catholic School Spanish Teacher, Since August 5, 2018

Walker Jr., Dan

Major, US Army

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