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By Debbie Gregory.

WWII Army Veteran Bob Evans, whose small truck stop restaurant in Ohio grew into a national chain and a line of pork sausage products that bear his name, created a corporate culture that recognizes and appreciates military service. To that end, one of the largest veteran-only business grants in the country is provided by the Bob Evans Farms “Heroes to CEOs” business grant.

As a way of giving back to the men and women who keep America safe, the grant program was born out of a need to provide funding and assistance to veteran entrepreneurs.

“Our company has a passion for helping those who serve,” said Mike Townsley, CEO and President of Bob Evans Farms. “Serving in the military and beginning a new-business venture can feel worlds apart for many vets.”

Judging criteria for the grant includes categories such as “Success,” “Reason” and “Opportunity.”

Those who have served make excellent entrepreneurs because of the skills and traits garnered through their military service. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, more than 2.5 million small businesses in the U.S. are veteran owned.

Last year, the grant recipients were:

Army veteran Carson Goodale,  co-founder of Fanfood, an app that gives you the power to order concessions directly to your seat at sporting events.

Air Force veteran Charlynda Scales, who founded Mutt’s Sauce, an all-purpose, tomato-based specialty sauce. The condiment recipe was passed down by and is named for her grandfather, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell.

Army veteran Jerry Martin, who founded Vet Veggies, which provides fresh, pesticide and chemical free vegetables grown locally by military veterans in a sustainable environment.

The deadline for the 2018 program is June 27th, and three $25,000 business grants will be awarded to veterans or active-duty members who either have their own business or an entrepreneurial business idea. Last year’s awardees will also serve as judges for this year’s grant competition.

In addition to the grant money, the three recipients will also receive a three-day trip for two to New York City, as well as a half-day mentoring session with Daymond John, Co-Star of ABC’s Shark Tank.

Learn more about this year’s “Heroes to CEOs” contest or submit an application at https://www.ourfarmsalutes.com.

By Debbie Gregory.

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is proud to host the sold-out Veteran EDGE Conference, which will take place February 16-18, 2018 in Austin, TX.

Registration, which is now closed, was open to veteran and military spouse business owners by invitation only. To be considered, attendees were required to meet one of the following criteria:

 

  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) graduates
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) graduates
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) graduates
  • Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB) members
  • Vet50 honorees
  • VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge 2.0 finalists

 

Attendees of the three-day educational event will have access to breakout sessions, business experts, and networking opportunities. They will also learn how to grow their businesses by finding mentors, connecting with networks, and accessing capital.

Additionally, the top 50 Fastest-Growing Veteran-Owned Businesses in the country will be honored during the Vet50 Awards Ceremony.

Stakeholders, IVMF program graduates, and veteran and military spouse-owned businesses from around the country will be gathering at the conference to network and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies.

 

Events are scheduled nationwide as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s annual National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 3. The week aims to raise awareness of veteran business ownership and connect business owners to entrepreneurship resources administered through SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. For more information, including a list of events nationwide, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

 

The University of West Florida’s Military & Veterans Resource Center, in Partnership

with Veterans Florida, is conducting no-cost Entrepreneurial Workshops for Honorably

Discharged Veterans — Workshops that can lead to participating in a Business Plan

Competition where the three top Winners share $40,000 in Cash and In-Kind Services.

If you are interested in launching a Startup or growing your existing business, the next

Workshop is Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. until Noon at the Pensacola UWF Conference

Center.  Breakfast and snacks will be served, and participants have the opportunity to win Door Prizes as well.

The Topic is “Veterans – Don’t Be a Bean Counter — Learn the Secrets of Painless Accounting!”

For MORE INFORMATION please see:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/veterans-dont-bean-counter-learn-secrets-painless-robert-l-foster/

For REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION please see:

http://www.veteransflorida.org/veterans/veterans-florida-entrepreneurship-program/

conference vamboaThe National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) is proud to announce that First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, U.S. Army (Retired) will be the keynote speaker at The Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) 2017. The Symposium, on June 13 will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.
Sgt. Eversmann’s inspiring story was told in the book and epic film, “Black Hawk Down.” Sgt. Eversmann and his unit deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia to capture a fugitive warlord wanted by the United Nations for genocide and other atrocities. For eighteen hours, his Ranger unit and Delta Forces were trapped inside a hostile area in Mogadishu; vastly outnumbered by an angry mob and under fierce attack until they were rescued. Sgt. Matt Eversmann was portrayed by Josh Hartnett.
Committed to sharing the lessons he learned in the military, Sgt. Eversmann draws parallels from his experiences to highlight the importance of leadership, courage and responsibility within any team or organization. Humble, gracious and warm, his powerful story and straightforward insights on instilling these values stay with business leaders long after the applause has ended.
You won’t want to miss his keynote speech, which is sure to leave an emotional impact. For more info, go to www.veterantrainingsymposium.com

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