EBV-F – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Families

“I had no idea what I was in for when I applied for EBV-F! The volume of business knowledge I received in one week is impossible to describe. Being the wife of a Marine who suffers from PTSD due to two deployments and a bout with cancer, I felt honored to attend such an exceptional program.” - Kelly H.

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The 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.

About EBV-F

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) is an education and self-employment training program founded in 2010, designed to take advantage of the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management. EBV-F integrates training in entrepreneurship with caregiver and family issues, positioning participants to launch and grow a small business in a way that is complementary to other family responsibilities.

What You Will Experience

  • Training focused on family issues, caregiver issues and work-life balance issues related to being a business owner
  • World class small business training with fellow military caregivers
  • Lifelong mentors and friends established at the course


  • First-degree family member* of a post-9/11 Veteran with a service-connected disability
  • First-degree family member* of active duty military (including Guard and Reserve)
  • Surviving spouse or adult child of a service member who lost their life while serving in the military post-9/11

*Spouse, parent, sibling, adult child


  • Phase I: 30-day online, instructor-led business fundamentals and research course
  • Phase II: 9-day residential training at an EBV university in your area
  • Phase III: Ongoing support focused on small business creation and growth


  • The entire EBV-F experience, including travel and lodging, is offered without any cost to participants


Lourdes Livsey

2016 EBV-F Graduate

“I cannot begin to express my deepest heartfelt gratitude for all that EBV-F means to me. Ya’ll have left such an amazing impression on me and my future. I never knew there were such phenomenal human beings in my corner. The education, guidance, advice and compassion I received from you is beyond my comprehension. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!  I am so proud of the fact that I can now say I am a graduate and a member of the EBV-F family!”

Katherine Sargent

2016 EBV-F Graduate

“Every time I thought about starting a full-time job, I just kept saying I don’t think I can do this. I’m going to be an entrepreneur and I’m going to open a private practice and really work on it full-time. This (EBV-F) has really given me a lot more of a foundation of what I actually need to do, the steps I need to take when it comes to finances and creating a support system.”

Clarice Lopez

2016 EBV-F Graduate

“As a military spouse … it’s very hard finding a job and keeping it for only 8 months to a year and a half sometimes. The opportunity of becoming a business owner is really special to me, and being able to take that opportunity, that business everywhere you go.  I want to learn more, be better prepared to run a successful business.”