2017 EBV Class Enjoys A Night Out

Jun 10, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. — The 2017 Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) class enjoyed a welcome break from their week-long residency program Friday evening as they were treated to a night out at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“Every year we try to provide a break for the class around the halfway point because the days are very long and the program is intense,” said Dr. Randy Blass, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. “We’ve found that giving them some time to relax, unwind and take in a little bit of FSU culture really helps them stay engaged and retain the information we’re providing them throughout the rest of the week.”

Class members began the evening with a stop at the Unconquered statue in front of Doak Campbell Stadium. An annual rite of passage during the program, the significance of visiting the signature statue that represents persistence, pride and glory is never lost on the veterans and plays a large role in creating a lifelong bond between Veterans and the university.

A tour of the FSU football facilities inside Doak Campbell Stadium followed, led by current team members Derrick Mitchell, Jalen Wilkerson, Darwin Taylor, Alec Eberle, and Ethan Frith. After viewing the trophy and memorabilia gallery in the Moore Athletics Center, located inside the North end of the stadium, the class was granted access to some of the most exclusive and restricted areas within the football facility.

Participants were taken into the FSU football film room where they were shown a short film about the history of the football program. They were then shown the luxurious players’ lounge where they took advantage of the old-school arcade games and large HD televisions that line the walls. The tour concluded with a rare inside look at the football locker room where the players shared details on what makes up their daily routine when training for the season.

“The entire experience was surreal,” said Keith Gibson, a 2017 EBV class member and former First Lieutenant in the Air Force. “But when we entered the locker room I got goosebumps. It’s a very special place.”

The evening concluded with the class gathering in the President’s Box on the seventh floor of Doak Campbell Stadium, where they were treated to a cookout with live music while meeting friends, volunteers and staff of FSU and the EBV program.

William “Billy” Francis, director of the FSU Student Veterans Center, shared a few impassioned words with the class before the evening ended. He encouraged them to limit the number of regrets they accumulate in their life by utilizing the knowledge and expertise gained during this week’s EBV to accomplish their goals and realize their dreams.

“When you hear someone speak like that it really motivates you,” said Christy Chatham, a 2017 EBV class member and former Corporal in the Army. “I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned here and using it to try and start my business.”

About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities (EBV) is an education and self-employment training program founded in 2007 and expanded to Florida State University in 2008. The EBV 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 veterans and current military members. EBV integrates training in entrepreneurship with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with being a veteran, positioning participants to launch and grow a small business in a way that is complementary or enhancing to their lifestyle.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
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 was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry. His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more 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. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. For more information, visit


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