TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship closed out its fifth successful class in its 2017 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) last Thursday. Twenty-five caregivers of veterans and family members of active duty military spent a vigorous week in classes, workshops and breakout sessions hearing from professionals on best practices that will help them start a business or take their current business to the next level.
The EBV-F program integrates training in small-business management with caregiver and family issues, positioning a family member to launch and grow a small business in a way that is complementary or enhancing to other family responsibilities. Sponsors such as the FSU Student Veterans Center, Soleil 7 Salon, Mission BBQ and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, among others, allow the EBV-F program to be offered free to participants.
A key topic was the business model canvas, an alternative to business plan development, which helps startup businesses invest time into building products and services based on the needs of early customers. In addition, other key topics included opportunity recognition, business concept development, profit models, resource acquisition strategies, venture launch methods, guerilla marketing approaches, deal structuring and negotiation, valuation, entrepreneurial finance and unique funding opportunities for veterans with disabilities, operations and operating models, service delivery, risk management, human resource management, and legal and regulatory challenges.
Before coming to the FSU campus, participants completed the three-week online portion of the program to prepare for the group session in Tallahassee, where they have been immersed in the basics of entrepreneurship.
In addition to two Floridians who took part in this year’s program, participants hailed from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Spain.
About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) is an education and self-employment training program founded in 2010 and expanded to Florida State University in 2012. The EBV-F program is designed to take advantage of the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management. The program leverages the flexibility inherent in small business ownership to provide a vocational path forward for military family members. EBV-F integrates training in entrepreneurship with caregiver and family issues, positioning participants to launch and grow a small business in a way that is complementary or enhancing to other family responsibilities.
About the Jim Moran Institute
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research. Jim Moran started his business career in Chicago selling soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds at the age of seven, and went on to become one of America’s most successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business to help others become successful entrepreneurs. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.