Entrepreneurial Development Training for Veteran Women (V-WISE) Comes to Jacksonville, Florida

Women Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Training Coming to Jacksonville, Florida


Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is coming to Jacksonville on January 10-12, 2013.

V-WISE is a unique entrepreneurship training program, designed by Syracuse University with the Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, to encourage and support female veterans with an interest in exploring opportunities in small business ownership.  V-WISE is committed to helping female veterans interested in pursuing careers as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Participants attending the Jacksonville event will have the opportunity to talk with Natalie Hall from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and with Meghan Conroy Florkowski, program manager for V-WISE and Operation Endure & Grow of Syracuse University.  Representatives from the Office of Jacksonville’s Mayor Alvin Brown and Kimberly Bynum, deputy director of Military Affairs, Veterans & Disabled Services for the City of Jacksonville, will also attend the conference.

There will be an advanced teleconference on Wednesday December 5th at 10:00 a.m. eastern standard time for those planning to attend the three-day conference.  To participate, call (888) 858-2144 Access Code:  6959700

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has partnered with Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, to provide veteran women with a unique training opportunity to start or grow a business. This training is open to current veteran women, active-duty women who are transitioning out of the military in the next 24 months, and a spouse or female partner of a veteran.

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise) is a three phase training program.

In the first phase, participants complete a self-study 15 day online course, which focuses on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business. The start date for this program will be December 18, 2012.

The second phase of the training will be a three day conference to be held at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel and Resort, 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 from January 10-12, 2012. All hotel and conference fees will be paid for by the Small Business Administration; however participants are responsible for a one-time registration fee of $75 and must provide their own transportation to and from the conference location.

Phase three of V-WISE Boots to Business program provides on-going support to veteran women through a comprehensive network of mentors and partners.

Those interested in this highly energized and exciting program should apply no later than December 14, 2012.

For questions related to the V-WISE program, please contact Syracuse University at (315) 443-4629 or Natalie Hall, SBA North Florida Veteran’s Representative, at (904) 443-1902.

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