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Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities

The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities delivers entrepreneurship training through a one-year “boot camp” for service-disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who want to start or grow small businesses.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by 1) developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by 2) helping you leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.
The EBV program is offered by a network of eight world-class institutions:

Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
College of Business, The Florida State University
Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
School of Business, University of Connecticut
E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University
School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University *
*NEW - Industry focused program- hotel, event, restaurant, and real estate

The Structure of the EBV

The EBV is designed around two central elements: a) focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs; and b) the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program. The practical elements of the program will involve three phases:

Phase I: Delegates participate in a self-study curriculum, facilitated by an online discussion and assessment module, which will be moderated by entrepreneurship faculty and graduate students from one of the partner EBV Universities. During this phase delegates will work on the development of their own business concepts.
Phase II: During the nine-day residency at one of the eight EBV Universities, delegates are exposed to the "nuts and bolts" of business ownership through experiential workshops and lessons from world-class entrepreneurship faculty representing nationally ranked programs around the country.
Phase III: Delegates are provided with ongoing technical assistance from faculty experts at the EBV Universities and EBV partners.

Topics to be addressed include:
What's a good business concept and how can I determine if my idea is a good one?
Do I really need a business plan and, if so, how can I write a great one?
What do I need to know about my customer and market, and how can I get answers?
How much money do I need and how do I get it?
How do I make sense of the numbers, and which numbers really matter?
What's a business model, and does mine make sense?
What is guerrilla marketing? Are there ways to do more with marketing while spending much less?
Which activities should I outsource and what do I need to know about hiring employees?
Where do I go to get the information I need to organize my new venture?

Eligibility: Service-disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
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