New Virtual Program

About The Program

The purpose of 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.

2023 program dates

  • Spring 2023: May 1 – June 9
  • Summer 2023: August 7 – September 15
  • Fall 2023: October 23 – December 1

We are currently accepting new applications for all of the 2023 programs!

*IVMF Enrollment Services team will guide you with program date selection.

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Lamarr Couser, EBV-Spark Participant

Course Breakdown

Videos Watch videos each week on different areas of business fundamentals
Activities Test business idea through a Feasibility Analysis & other activities
Discussion Posts Web-based discussions on the weekly topic
Weekly Webinars Live question & answer session with subject matter experts
Ask the Expert Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to specific subject matter experts
Ask the Class Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to receive input from fellow classmates

 Course Outline

Week #1 – Orientation Meet your instructor, get oriented to Blackboard, and get to know the class.
Week #2 – Value Creation Creating what people want or need
Week #3 – Marketing Attracting attention and building demand for what is created
Week #4 – Sales Turn prospective customers into paying customers
Week #5 – Value Delivery Giving customers what was promised and ensuring satisfaction
Week #6 – Finance/What Now? Bring in enough money to keep going and make effort worthwhile


  • Veteran; Military Spouse; Life partner
  • Post 9/11 Service
  • Honorable Discharge


  • Six Weeks
  • 5-8 hours per week (making incremental progress each week for readings, videos, and assignments)
  • Computer with high speed internet
  • Recommended browsers: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox


This program is offered at no cost to the participant.


Phone: (315) 443-6898

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