Veteran EDGE

Arsenal logoVeteran EDGE (Engage. Develop. Grow. Elevate) is a four-day conference dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them. This year the Veteran EDGE Conference will take place March 5-8, 2020 in Dallas, TX!

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Veteran Edge – March 5-8, 2020

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is proud to announce the 2020 Veteran EDGE Conference which will take place March 5-8, 2020 in Dallas, TX. 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 will gather to network, and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies.

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Group of EBV graduates participating in the Acceleration Challenge.

D’Aniello Family Foundation Acceleration Challenge

Participants (ten total) will be nominated to participate in a series of activities and workshops to assess the barriers confronting their business and best prepare them to leverage the resources of the conference. They will be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding for their company.

Jack Jacobs attending Vet50 at the Veteran EDGE conference.

Vet50
March 7, 2020

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is working with Inc.5000 to celebrate the third annual Vet50 Awards Ceremony and dinner powered by First Data. This event will honor the 50 fastest-growing veteran-owned businesses in the nation and recognize the hard work and commitment they have put into their entrepreneurial dreams.

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A panel of experts speaking at Vet Source.

VetSource
March 5, 2020

This one-day procurement event seeks to connect veteran and military spouse-owned businesses with Fortune500 companies and executives to help them gain valuable resources, information, and best practices related to procurement opportunities.

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Veteran EDGE FAQs

What is the Veteran EDGE Conference?
The Veteran EDGE Conference is a three-and-a-half day educational event that connects veteran and military spouse business owners with breakout sessions, business experts, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. They will learn how to grow their businesses by finding mentors, connecting with networks, and accessing resources.
What is the eligibility criteria?
Participants must be veteran or military spouse business owners who have been operating their business for one year by the January prior to the conference. Participants must be able to provide proof of their service or their spouse’s service, and proof of business ownership.
How can I attend the next Veteran EDGE Conference?
In order to attend the conference, you must first complete the application which can be found here. Our Enrollment Services team will verify your eligibility and then we will send you a link to register. If a conference registration has not yet gone live, your application will remain in a pool until registration is opened, at which point we will send you the link to register.
Where is the Veteran EDGE 2020 Conference?
This year’s EDGE Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX. 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, United States, 75207
When is the 2020 conference?
The conference will be held from March 5th-8th at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX.
What to expect?
We are expecting 250 veteran and military spouse business owners to attend in addition to 200 resource partners, stakeholders and corporations. Prepare to network, build relationships, learn from a number of breakout sessions, and be motivated by our keynote speakers! We’ve provided an overview of what the agenda will look like (link below) for you to get a better feel of the Conference weekend. All sessions are tailored to help your growing business.
Are there exhibitor opportunities?
If you are a provider of veteran and/or military-spouse services/resources, we would like to invite you to set up a display. Veteran or military-spouse business owners are also welcome to showcase their business and provide collateral as well as items to sell. Business and Resource Exhibitor Showcase will be on Friday, March 6th. Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on how to sign up to be a resource or business exhibitor will be available soon.
What is the Business Showcase?
This is free for those who have registered to attend the conference will allow you showcase your businesses. This is an opportunity on Friday, March 6th to show off what your business has to offer
What is the out of pocket cost to attend this Conference?
You will be required to pay the $150 registration fee and all of your travel expenses; the registration fee will cover your conference pass, lodging (nights of 3/5, 3/6, & 3/7) and meals during the conference.

Previous Keynote Speakers

Andy williams

Andy Williams is a proud veteran, having served in the United States Marine and owner of Recon Realty. RECON redeploys select veterans into neighborhoods with a surplus of dilapidated homes in communities primed for revitalization

Jack JacobsRetired Col. Jack Jacobs is a Medal of Honor recipient, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Rutgers University. He was founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group, Inc, and managing director of Bankers Trust.

Korto MomoluLiberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu is stamping her global brand on fashion-forward women’s wear and accessories. Momolu was highlighted as a ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ by New York Magazine,

Larry broughtonLarry Broughton is an award-winning entrepreneur and CEO, bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and former Special Forces Operator.

 


Application

See a sample Agenda from last year!

For questions, please contact us at ivmfentrepreneurship@syr.edu or (315) 443-6898.

 

Business Directory 

Check out our EDGE Business Directory to see some of the veteran- and military spouse-owned businesses that attended the Veteran EDGE Conference last year in Austin. You’ll be able to sign up to add your business to the list in Dallas!
See The Full Directory

Veteran EDGE 2018 had the following companies in attendance for participants to network with:List of Company Logos: First Data, Walmart, Sam's Club, Bunker Labs, Enterprise Holdings, U.S.A.A., JP Morgan chase & Co., Wyndham Hotel & Resorts, Bank of America, The alt Disney Company, Blackstone, CBS, Johnson and Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Capital One, Pepsico, Vistra Energy, Prudential, and Travelers.