NEW PROGRAM in response to the current economic needs of veteran and military spouse business owners!

About The Program

Hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, R.I.S.E. – Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate. – 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.

Over the course of six weeks, participants will walk away with the tools and training needed to pivot and grow their business during challenging times. Topics include redetermining your company’s business model, content ideation, rebranding for reopening, determining a sustainable growth rate, strategic assessment and more.

Applications are Closed at this time. Please see “For More Information Contact” section below for further guidance.


  • One year in business
  • Military family member (first degree) or veteran owned or operated business
  • Company has an identifiable and documented problem that requires a creative solution
  • Honorable Discharge


Six weeks – March 22 – April 30, 2021

R.I.S.E. Preview Webinar


This program is offered at no cost to the participant.


Enrollment Services & IVMF Education Programming
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Email: IVMFeducation@syr.edu 
Phone: 315-443-6898


Joe Smarro

“The R.I.S.E program proved to be both timely and valuable for my business. Albeit virtual, we still had incredible participation as a group and developed lasting relationships which increases our social capital. Specifically, what the R.I.S.E. program offered to me and my company was a boost of confidence and a network of support. We have increased our revenue month to month since graduating R.I.S.E.”

Joe Smarro

Co-founder and CEO, SolutionPoint+