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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.

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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Veterans Launching Ventures Course – Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)

Are you a veteran who’s ready to meet your next challenge? Do you want to start (or grow) your own business, but need some guidance? If you’re a veteran, and the idea of being an entrepreneur excites you, the Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program is for you.

VLV will give you the skills and support you need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses.

VLV is a ten-week program of combined in-person instruction and online education. The course is free to all those who successfully complete all requirements. A $175 deposit is required and will be returned upon successful completion of the course.

You will graduate from the course knowing:

  • fundamental entrepreneurial skills needed in today’s business environment;
  • the competencies you need to launch your new business;
  • how to build a robust marketing plan;
  • how to develop financial projections for your new business;
  • how to develop a comprehensive business plan so you can make an informed decision about the feasability of starting your new business.

What makes VLV a great program for veterans?

  • Veterans enjoy a supportive collegial environment with other veterans.
  • Each veteran is matched with his or her own mentor for individual guidance and support during the program. Mentors are successful entrepreneurs themselves.
  • Each mentor will continue to assist / guide the veteran for a period of ten months following completion of the course.

Who can apply for the course?

  • All veterans from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy
  • All spouses and children of veterans

To apply, or for more information about Veterans Launching Ventures:
• Email fduvlv@gmail.com with “VLV” in the subject line
• Call 973-443-8842
• Visit  http://fdu.edu

Announcement from IBM Small Business Program Office

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Are you a Women Owned Small Business looking to network? If so, you have TWO big opportunities to network with IBM and many other large businesses and federal agencies. The US Women’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting its spring summit March16-17th, http://uswcc.org/events/national-small-business-federal-contracting-summit-spring-2016/. The Women as Veteran’s Entrepreneurs (WAVE) hosts its 6th Annual Summit March 17th, https://wave2016.busyconf.com/bookings/new

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