From Boots To Business Suits
There are times that a program gets it so right that you stand in awe of its ability to address the real needs of veterans. Such is the case of the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) with Disabilities, an organization brought to our attention by Erik Weihenmayer, founder of Soldiers to the Summits. The Character Building Project considers this effort as well conceived and implemented. It truly empowers vets with disabilities to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”
The Entrepreneurs Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) with Disabilities program is very practical. It jumps right in and trains vets in the tools and skills needed to start and grow a business and also addresses issues unique to disability and to the public benefits programs. Equally insightful is their addition of a support structure to stay in touch with its business-starting graduates.
Envision yourself home from military duty post 9/11, and although disabled, you have a very good idea for a new business. By involving yourself in this program, you will be able to discuss your concepts with entrepreneurship faculty and graduate students from several partner EBV universities. This can only improve your success at developing and honing your business concepts. Once that is accomplished, the faculty will also support you with technical assistance to see that your concepts become a reality.
Graduates of EBV learn how to write a sound business plan, analyze the market that they plan to target, and figure out what money they will need to get off the ground. They learn to market operations on a slim budget and are given advice about how to best organize a business so it can provide sustainable growth.
Applications are being accepted for the 2012 EBV programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, so the program recommends that you apply by mid April 2012. The seven EBV programs will take place from June through September 2012.
I hope many returning veterans who are disabled will visit their site at: http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/ for more information on how to reinvent yourselves into entrepreneurial businessmen or women.