Veteran Business Services (VBS) which is the exclusive franchise collaboration partner for Veteranscorp.org was accepted and participated in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. The Veteran Entrepreneurs participating within the bootcamp participated in a three phase process including a self-study session in which veterans complete courses through online discussions moderated by university faculty; an intensive, on-campus residency session where veterans learn to develop their own business concepts and understand the basic elements of small-business management; and a 12-month mentorship with faculty experts at the participating universities.
Among the speakers the veterans were able to hear in addition to Krannert administrators and faculty were William Oesterle, co-founder of Angie’s List; Scott Wise, founder of the Scotty’s Brewhouse restaurant chain; Tim Powers, president of School Datebooks; Jason Levin, partner in DLA Piper global law firm; Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights Apparel; Roland Parrish, owner of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants; and Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
VBS was able to hone its business plan which was accepted by the Vocational Rehabilitation & Education office of the Veterans Administration prior to attending the training and now is prepared to utilize the mentoring support, take advantage of the business resources and training provided by EBV, and implement the VBS business plan for 2013.
VBS would like to thank Purdue University for accepting us into the program and thank all the Veterans who were able to participate and support each other with a common goal of becoming successful in business.