Starting or Growing a Business

Transitioning Service Members

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, a program offered to transitioning service members  in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), begins during transition from service (TAP or TAMP) and can continue if the individual self-selects further training, including video, in-person and online courses.

Veterans with Disabilities

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), is a one-of-a-kind training in entrepreneurship and small business management for post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities, is a three-phase program offered to 250 participants per year across eight universities through a unique combination of online and in-person instruction.

Women Veterans

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), a program offered in cooperation with the SBA, provides necessary tools to female activity duty and veterans and female spouses/partners of active duty and veterans to become successful entrepreneurs through a three-phase online and in-person training program offered to 200 participants per session through two tracks of training; a growth track for participants already in business, and a start-up track focused on potential entrepreneurs.

Guard and Reserve

Operation Endure & Grow (E&G), an eight-week online training experience focused on the fundamentals of launching and/or growing a small business offered in cooperation with the SBA, is open to 50 National Guard and Reserve members and their families approximately five times a year and includes both start-up and growth tracks.

Seeking Employment

The Veteran Career Transition Program is a free, online non-credit certificate for veterans (and employees/prospective employees of the more than 55 businesses of the 100,000 Jobs Mission) offered by IVMF in collaboration with the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at SU and comprised of four certificates in Career Skills for Global Enterprises, Microsoft Office Fundamentals, Applied Education and Applied Practicum, delivered in advisor-led groups and through independent study tracks. Veterans create development plans specific to personal skill sets, interests and goals and gain understanding and insight into corporate culture of globally distributed companies while also learning to prepare for and execute job searches, including company research, résumé and cover letter writing. Technical aspects of the program allow participants to focus on a technology or operatation concentration of their choice, and, where applicable, acquire industry certification.

The 100,000 Jobs Mission is a coalition of companies committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020 in which the IVMF participates in coalition meeting, sharing leading practices learned through research and case studies and learning from participating companies about their work with veterans. Member companies hire veterans in their businesses through regular recruiting and hiring programs and specialized military and veteran recruiting initiatives.

Navigating Veterans’ Benefits While Employed

Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities, published by the IVMF in cooperation with Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC, offers accessible information on governmental benefits available to veterans and their families through a four-part guide on monetary, healthcare and employment services and support benefits, outlines the interaction between government benefits and employment as well as self-employment. This guide book provides veterans and their families enough information to understand how work income can affect benefits and provides tools to understand how to stay financially secure while remaining eligible for supports and services. The guidebook focuses primarily on frequently accessed benefits from these agencies: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Defense (DoD) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Going to School

The Syracuse University Veterans’ Resource Center, housed at University College, provides services that student veterans need as they pursue higher education from recruitment to degree completion. GI Bill certifying officials work directly with student veterans to assist them with GI Bill and VA requirements, including rehabilitation benefits. A veteran-specific newsletter, prepared for and by SU student veterans, keeps them informed of important news and events.

Engaging on Veterans’ Issues

The IVMF Voices blog offers a forum for the veteran and military families’ community to share information, express opinions and engage with the ongoing, public dialogue focused on issues and challenges facing veterans in America. Veterans have the opportunity to become contributors and “blog with a purpose;” contributions should be timely and relevant and crafted to inform, inspire and stimulate dialogue and debate among community stakeholders.