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Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans

Our Veterans Business Accelerator Program is facilitated by successful small business owners who are also are veterans.

 

Starting a business from scratch gets all the glory but is not the only path to becoming a veteran business owner. We explore the pros and cons associated with three paths to small business ownership - startups, franchising, and buying an existing business. 

You'll join a group of fellow qualified veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or already have active small businesses and want to learn more.

 

The program is online and you can attend from anywhere. We provide you with the means to network with your peers, and we bring our partners to the table to share success and failure stories along the way.

Our program is free with proof of service (DD214 or Government ID).

 

Our next program runs from August 30th to October 25th, 2022.  Register now!

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PROGRAM Outline

Each module is 2 hours long and is viewed live on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00PM EST. Each session requires some work in advance to participate. If you can't attend a live session, you will receive a recording.

Introductions

Program Overview

  • Orientation to course, objectives, and expectations

  • Experience online environment

  • Why veterans should consider small business ownership

Module 3

Execution

  • Organizational structure issues

  • Legal forms of business

  • Three phases of planning

  • Advantages of being a small business owner

  • Tax considerations

Module 6

Sources of Capital & Funding

  • Debt versus equity sources

  • Determining accurate funding requirements

  • Statistics: chances of funding by source

Module 1

Marketing

  • Market research techniques

  • Competition - direct & indirect

  • Pricing strategies

  • Case studies

Module 4

Logistics: Financial Projections

  • Understand financial statements

  • Prepare financial projections

  • Get to know cash flow

  • Determine necessary funds

Module 7

Understanding Financial Terms & Concepts

  • Equity concepts and terms

  • Debt concepts and terms

  • Common mistakes made and pitfalls

Module 2

Mission

  • Define who, what, when, where, and why of business

  • Create an elevator pitch

  • Define the endstate goal

  • Decision point

  • Advantages of being a veteran

Module 5

Command & Signal:

Resources and networking

  • Boards of Directors/Advisors

  • Networking techniques

  • Resources available

  • Part 1 conclusion and next steps

Module 8

Developing a Funding Strategy

  • Investment crowdfunding

  • Prioritizing our funding sources

  • Developing a funding strategy

  • When to use our own money

 
 OUtcomes

Finish a complete business canvas

Explore all available resources & tools

Learn from content, guest speakers, each other

Decide on strategy: startup, franchise, buy existing

part 1
part 2
 OUtcomes

Understanding of funding sources

An accurate estimate of total capital needed

Realistic funding strategy from the right sources

Introduction to preferred funding partners