When Michael Skarda started the journey of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, there were no indications that his military career was beginning amidst two decades of conflict. In 2002, Skarda joined the Air Force’s Reserve Officer…
University Welcomes Veterans to 11th Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Veterans from across the nation and beyond are currently on campus for the 11th annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)—a nine-day intensive on starting and building a business, powered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). This year’s 28 participants come from nine states and Japan, and represent all five branches of the military. They are spending the week attending classes, networking events and presentations, learning the fundamentals of running a business from over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and professors.
Participants have the opportunity to connect with several guest speakers, including:
- Seth Jordan, owner and founder of Dog Tag Brewing
- Ted Lachowicz, serial entrepreneur and founder of the EBV Foundation
- Mike Haynie, vice chancellor at Syracuse University and founder/director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families
- Brian Horn, chief of staff at the U.S. Business Leadership Network
- Ralph Galati, director of veterans services at St. Joseph’s University
- John Stage, founder of Dinosaur BBQ
- John Wildhack, Syracuse University director of athletics at Syracuse University
Haynie founded EBV in 2007 with the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Since then, EBV has expanded to a consortium of 10 schools across the country and has graduated over 1,400 aspiring entrepreneurs. Of those 1,400, 72 percent have gone on to start their own business and 92 percent of those are still in business. In total, EBV graduates have generated over $288 million through their ventures. Learn more at ebv.vets.syr.edu.