Business Bootcamp for Disabled Veterans

The ‘Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities’ (EBV) is currently accepting applications for summer 2008. This groundbreaking program, designed to assist veterans with disabilities, will offer training in small business start-up and management to servicemen and women injured in the line of duty since 2001.

First introduced last year by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the EBV Consortium of Schools now includes a national partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. This summer, each of these schools will offer EBV on their campus.

Participating schools say this consortium represents one of the first, significant partnerships of its type since World War II. Through this initiative, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom will attend three training modules designed to help veterans learn how to grow businesses successfully and profitably.

Entrepreneurship is a way for veterans to make a way for themselves and their families, and to re-engage the economic engine of their communities and ultimately the nation. The Whitman School of Management says business ownership offers veterans the opportunity to “own their futures” while also offering the flexibility to accommodate the unique challenges associated with a service-connected disability.

Military Stars Blog notes that participants in EBV come from all branches of service and have ranged in age from their 20’s to their 50’s, adding that last year’s “veterans profiled, from their dangerous past to their dreams of the future, are a true inspiration.”

For the participating veterans, the program will be entirely free, including travel and accommodations.

Click here for the summer 2008 application.

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