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 [email protected] with “VLV” in the subject line
• Call 973-443-8842
• Visit

Announcement from IBM Small Business Program Office


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, The Women as Veteran’s Entrepreneurs (WAVE) hosts its 6th Annual Summit March 17th,


The American Legion is conducting a two-day Veterans Small Business Workshop in conjunction with the annual Washington Conference, Feb. 23-24. The free workshop, called ‘Small Business Roadmap to Success’, is geared toward servicemembers, veterans and spouses who own their own businesses or are thinking about starting one. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify solid business opportunities, avoid common pitfalls and maximize their earning potential. Register for the workshop at


By Debbie Gregory.

For many veterans, buy entrepreneurship has proven to be a viable next career path as the experience, this discipline, more about and work ethic learned in the military provides a competitive edge for starting a business.

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is currently accepting applications for the pilot program, which will launch its first phase in March. The statewide initiative offers qualified veterans the opportunity to receive an accelerated entrepreneurship education at no cost.

Veterans Florida, a non-profit created by the Florida Legislature to attract and retain veterans, selected the University of West Florida, through its Florida SBDC Network and Military Veterans Resource Center, to administer the program.

In order to meet the program requirements, veterans must have been either honorably discharged, current National Guardsmen or Reservists, or active duty within one year of separation.  Also required is Florida residency, and of course, a strong interest in entrepreneurship.

The first phase of the program consists of an eight-week online class,which will provide participants with a strong business foundation.

The next phase consists of six days (over three consecutive weekends) of on-site training at one of the five participating institutions of higher education: The University of West Florida, University of North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic University, and Hillsborough Community College. All travel expenses will be covered for participants.

The final phase of the program consists of six-months of ongoing mentorship with Florida SBDC Network business consultants.

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is funded through a $1 million appropriation by the Florida Legislature.

“Veterans possess many of the skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs,” said Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida. “The technical and financial skills provided from this program, along with the motivation, confidence, attention to detail and problem solving skills they bring, will ensure veterans achieve their vision of the American Dream, owning their own business.”

Space is limited. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2016. For more information, and to apply, please visit

Florida-based woman, ed veteran and minority small business owners in the panhandle are invited to the Supplier Diversity Exchange.

This FREE event offers training, viagra sale workshops and presentations by professionals from the Small Business Administration, information pills Small Business Development Center, local Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) business owners, as well as representatives from state, local and regional government entities.

Topics, presented by various experts, will include:

  • Certification documentation review
  • Loans for your small business
  • federal small business certifications for woman, veterans and minorities
  • Best practices of a CBE to win government work
  • How certified state vendors can get more from state resources
  • And much more

Previously known as the OSD MatchMaker events, the Supplier Diversity Exchange offers a full day of networking, customized training and presentations. The afternoon will offer the opportunity for small business owners and purchasing representatives from state, local and regional government entities to meet one-on-one – following a customized introduction session for all attendees.

The event will run from 8 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. on February 11, 2016.

Procurement representatives, please register before Feb. 8 and check in at the event no later than 1 p.m. The registration process will ask about carpool interest.

Come experience a new kind of networking event from OSD!

Registration closes at midnight on Feb. 8.

The one-on-one appointment forms will only be available for those agencies registered online before registration is closed.

Please visit the Office of Supplier Diversity website for more information. For questions, please contact our office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0915.