Florida State University & The Jim Moran Institute Graduate 2017 EBV Class

Jun 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship closed out its tenth Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) program Tuesday. Nineteen military veterans, Jim Moran Institute staff, FSU faculty members, donors, volunteers and friends of the program gathered at the Governor’s Club in downtown Tallahassee for the closing ceremony.

Following a brief reception, the ceremony opened with the presentation of colors by members of FSU Army and Air Force ROTC. Arthur Black, a retired noncommissioned officer, performed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem and FSU College of Business Dean Michael Hartline congratulated class members on their remarkable accomplishment during the nine-day boot camp.

Speaker Milton Tookes, a 2010 EBV graduate, encouraged the graduates to stay in contact with each other and the program, citing the invaluable resources they have at their disposal, including logo development, legal counsel, branding services and financial consultations.

Anisa Palmer and Clinton Alexander, members of the current graduating class and, who were chosen by their peers to speak, shared their experiences throughout the week, thanked the Jim Moran Institute for providing the tools for their business to succeed, and, most notably, spoke about the bonds of friendship and brotherhood that formed.

“I am so honored to have been a part of this experience,” said Palmer. “It’s provided us all an opportunity to move forward and feel like we’re a part of something again.”

The EBV program integrates training in small-business management with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with being a veteran business owner. Sponsors, such as the FSU Student Veterans Center, Blossoms, Gordo’s, Red Eye Coffee and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, among others, allowed the EBV program to be offered free to participants.

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 five Floridians who took part in this year’s program, participants hailed from Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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 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.  


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