Military Spouse Resource Page

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families has created a simple reference page for all military spouses to see how the IVMF and Syracuse University support spouses. All spouses serve when their significant other serves, and it is equally important to support them along with the veterans and military service members.

Syracuse University

If you’re looking to advance your education and career while balancing life’s demands, Syracuse University is here for you. Pursue your ambitions with our online degrees and certificates and receive dedicated support that drives long-term success—even if you’re not on campus. Or take advantage of a variety of career and entrepreneurship training programs exclusively for service members, veterans and their families. Learn more:

Onward to Opportunity

Onward to Opportunity:

  • Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.
  • Offered online and on various military installations and communities across the U.S.
  • Course offerings:

Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement


  • VPPCE is tailored to meet the specific needs of veterans and military-connected individuals who have an interest in pursuing careers in politics. Instructors will include esteemed faculty from the Maxwell School — the nation’s #1-ranked graduate school in public affairs, veterans with first-hand experience running for office, and experts in the field.
  • The program is delivered in the Fall in a hybrid format of online and in-person at Syracuse University.

Entrepreneurship & Small Business


  • B2B
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship Two-Day Course
    • A two-day course offered as a TAP training track for those interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges of business ownership. Subject matter experts and practitioners from SBA and its network of partners teach the course at over 180 military installations worldwide. Participants learn business fundamentals and techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts.
    • 2-day workshop
    • IGNITE is a one-day entrepreneurship training event offered in cities across the United States. This program is the perfect option for veterans, active duty, and military spouses/life-partners who are just beginning to explore the opportunity of small business ownership as a post-service career path.
    • 1-day
    • The purpose EBV-Spark is to help participants begin the process of developing a basic set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management. Through this 100% virtual program participants will test the feasibility of their early business idea and develop a foundation of skills and abilities in the areas of value creation, marketing, sales, personal branding, value delivery, and finance.
    • 7 weeks – All virtual
    • STRIVE leverages networks and education resources in local communities to support and advance veteran owned businesses.
    • STRIVE is a local three-phase program for veterans with a budding business. The program helps to identify, overcome and mitigate challenges for the new venture to pave the way for veteran business ownership success.


  • V-WISE:
    • V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture.
    • 3 phase program (to include online portion, a 3-day residential training event, and access to 41 post program support services)
  • EBV-F –
    • The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) program offers small business training and a vocational, economic path forward for military spouses and family members, or a surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country. EBV-F offers training tailored to military family members with caregiving responsibilities to launch and grow small businesses from home.
    • 3 phase program (to include online portion, a 9-day residential training event, and access to 41 post program support services)


  • EDGE
    • This unique event is dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them. Over the course of four days, stakeholders, IVMF program graduates, and veteran and military spouse business owners from around the country gather to network, and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies.
    • 3+ days
  • RISE -
    • Hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, R.I.S.E. is a virtual, bootcamp-style program focused on sustainability and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, operational, strategic planning, and communication challenges small businesses are currently facing.
    • 6 weeks – online

Additional Resources:


  • The Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB) is a group comprised of industry leaders committed to providing opportunities and growth for veteran and military spouse-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind national initiative supports the success of veteran, service member, and military spouse-owned businesses by connecting them with entrepreneurial education and training, small business resources and solutions, and commerce and supplier opportunities to help connect and educate both sides on doing business together.
  • Register for the CVOB today and get access to exclusive information on events, programming, networking opportunities and resources

Buy Military-Owned Guide –

  • Shop our military-owned shopping guide with over 400 veteran, active duty, reservists and military spouse-owned businesses! You’re able to get the authentic experience you’re looking for when you shop small and also able to support our troops at the same time. Find the perfect gift for somebody special or discover a new favorite local coffee shop. You can also browse our large variety of services including consultants, healthcare, financial services, and more


  • The mission of the Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship is to create, collect, organize, and share knowledge, resources, and networks to advance entrepreneurial opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. This is accomplished through the development and delivery of innovative programs and educational resources; timely and relevant research and policy analysis; and by cultivating veteran-connected ecosystems across the United States.

COE Resource Library – 

  • The right information and resources can make all the difference in the success of your small business. The COE Veteran Entrepreneurship Resource Library offers original and curated content like articles, videos, data infographics and websites that deliver insights and advice to help you on your journey. Bookmark us and visit us often to help ensure you have everything you need to succeed.

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