Veterans with disabilities who want to start their own businesses will be given expert advice at a week-long free program at Texas A&M University next week. The second Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) will be offered Aug. 15-23 to about 20 men and women injured as a result of military service in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.
Mays Business School at Texas A&M provides the program in consortium with Syracuse University, UCLA, Florida State and Purdue University. The program is free for the veterans and includes travel and accommodations.
The program is targeting a prime audience, according to a recent study by the Small Business Administration that found that the experience of military service strongly predisposes people to self-employment and business ownership.
The boot camp teaches participants how to write business plans, raise capital, attract customers and develop a marketing strategy. There are also daily sessions about dealing with disabilities.
By week’s end, participants will be ready to pitch and embark on their own business ventures.
The program’s outreach lasts beyond the single week. Each participant starts with an online program led by program director Richard Lester, then faculty are available as mentors for a year afterward.
For more details about the program, including comments from 2008 participants, go to http://maysbusiness.tamu.edu/index.php/press/ebv/.