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EBV-LogoA considerable number of Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with some form of VA-rated disability. Many of these disabled Veterans have difficulty adjusting to their new lives, and some are experiencing difficulties finding meaningful employment. But through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, disabled Veterans are becoming empowered small business owners.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program offers top of the line training and experience in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 Veterans, disabled as a result of their military service. The program is offered at no cost to participating Veterans, and does not require the use of any Veteran education benefits.

The program is based on three principles:

1) Developing skills in the activities associated with launching and growing a small business

2) Teaching disabled Veterans to leverage state and federal programs for Veterans and people with disabilities

3) Establishing a support structure for graduates of the program

EBV originated in 2007 at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. EBV now has offerings at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU, Florida State University’s College of Business, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the University of Connecticut School of Business, and the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

The EBV program is an invaluable opportunity for disabled Veterans to take an important step toward economic freedom through entrepreneurship. The program is selective based on eligibility, need and potential. Applications for EBV will be accepted from Veterans who:

  • Have separated from active duty service after 2001 (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)
  • Have been identified as having a ‘service-connected disability’ as a result of their military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves) Note: Can be in process of evaluation of disability through the VA
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership/management

Applicants must also submit their Résumé and two Letters of Recommendation when filling out an online EBV Application Form.

The selection process will be based on the ‘whole-person’ concept, with a focus on an assessment of the applicant’s potential to excel in the program. Also taken into consideration is the Veteran’s potential to excel upon graduating from the EBV in the area of entrepreneurship and small business management.

NOTE: The percentage of your disability is not a factor in determining your acceptance into the EBV program.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Crash Course in Entrepreneurship for Vets: By Debbie Gregory

Maria-Contreras-SweetOn Thursday, October 16, 2014, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of “Destination: HUB.”

Since 1998, the SBA’s HUBZone program has served small businesses in urban and rural communities to gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The program encourages economic development and employment growth in “Historically Underutilized Business Zones” by providing opportunities for companies to become active participants in the federal supply chain.

“Destination: HUB” will promote and highlight HUBZones for opportunities in federal procurement, according to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

“More than any other SBA initiative, the HUBZone Program has been a critical resource, creating jobs, alleviating poverty and reducing unemployment in our nation’s most vulnerable communities.  The program has had a transformational effect on small businesses all across the country. SBA’s Destination: HUB will put a spotlight on our underserved small businesses and promote HUBZones as ideal places for government contractors to do business,” Contreras-Sweet said.

The SBA maintains a goal of providing 3% of the federal government contracts to HUBZone businesses. According to Contreras-Sweet, HUBZone businesses only received 1.7% of federal contracts in 2013. The new initiative is intended to better aid the SBA in achieving, or even exceeding, its goal.

Destination: HUB will promote HUBZone firms in federal contract opportunities, while ensuring government officials, federal buyers, prime contractors, and local economic development boards cooperate to bring more awards directly for HUBZone businesses.

In an effort to generate maximum effectiveness, Destination HUB will consist of three major components.

1) Examining the successes and needs in the HUBZone program.

2) Analyzing the ideal situations for successful HUBZone collaboration, using the power of public and private partnerships and market research to recruit more firms for HUBZone participation.

3) Launching an educational initiative, in collaboration with community organizations, faith leaders, local economic development, and key stakeholders, to encourage participation in and inspire collective ownership of, the HUBZone program, at both the regional and national levels.

It is the hope of Contreras-Sweet that Destination HUB will further the SBA’s effort to improve access to capital and close opportunity gaps in communities of color by empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners’ economic and social mobility through employment and business growth.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: New SBA Initiative: By Debbie Gregory

SBA awardsDo you own a small business? Or do you know someone who deserves to be nationally recognized for their entrepreneurship or efforts in the small business community?

Each May, during National Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honors dozens of entrepreneurs and supporters with a multitude of awards, including the National Small Business Person of the Year award.

For more than fifty years, the SBA has upheld its tradition of honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:

National Small Business Person of the Year – The winner is chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Phoenix Awards – recognizes outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery.

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence – Recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors.

SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year – For recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

Exporter of the Year

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award – Nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers.

Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award – Nominations of SBA-funded WBCs.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award – Nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

Small Business Investment Company of the Year

 The SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for the 2015 National Small Business Week Awards. The web portal provides all the necessary information about the awards, nomination guidelines and nomination forms. This will be the third year that the SBA has used the online portal system. The system has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week.

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Nominations can also be sent directly to the SBA’s district offices. You can locate your nearest SBA district office by searching http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices and clicking the link to the location nearest you.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Awards Nominations Are Open: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Michigan District Office

Attention Veterans!

Ford Motor Company’s Dan Fortunato, Director of Construction and Services Purchasing will be providing the luncheon keynote address for this year’s conference.  To register click on:  http://private.vetbizcentral.com/main.sc

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