First Data and the IVMF will announce the creation of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families opening ceremony
Eighteen military spouses and family members from around the country will converge on Syracuse, New York, and the Syracuse University campus over the next eight days, March 12-19, to take advantage of cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F).
As part of the EBV-F opening ceremony (to be held on Saturday evening, March 12, in Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management), Syracuse University, IVMF, and First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, will publicly announce the creation of the national Center of Excellence (CoE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship. The CoE will work to unite veteran owned businesses, researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies in an organized effort to make transitioning service members, veterans, and their families successful business owners.
An invitation-only “Fireside Chat” will precede the public announcement and will feature national leaders from the public and private sectors, including Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO, First Data; Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, Office of Veteran Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and Dr. J. Michael Haynie, Vice Chancellor of Veteran and Military Affairs, Syracuse University; Executive Director and Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), who will discuss the value of a Center of Excellence, SBA’s programs for veteran and spouse owned small businesses, First Data’s commitment to our military, veterans and their families, and Syracuse University’s focus on veterans’ post-service career preparation and entrepreneurship training.
“First Data’s partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families is about the intersection of our support for the military community and our commitment to entrepreneurs,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO of First Data. “We are thrilled about the launch of the Center of Excellence and look forward to continuing to support veterans and military families as they build and grow their businesses.”
Following the launch of the CoE, and headlining the EBV-F Opening Ceremony dinner will be Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, Office of Veteran Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), who will deliver keynote remarks. Ms. Carson brings a unique perspective and first-hand insight to her position. She is currently a Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, with more than 20 years of military experience, assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs. Additionally, Ms. Carson is a military spouse. During a family military assignment to Japan in 2006, she embarked on her first entrepreneurial adventure where she co-developed an outdoor personal training business with another military veteran.
“The EBV-F program leverages the flexibility inherent in small business ownership to provide a vocational and economic path forward for military spouses and family members,” says Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor of Veteran and Military Affairs, Syracuse University; Executive Director and Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). “It is fitting that on the opening night of such an impactful entrepreneurship program that we join together with First Data and SBA to create a center that will function as the national hub of veteran business ownership.”
Among the military spouses and family members attending the CoE launch and the EBV-F at Syracuse University is Clarice Lopez, of Destin, Fla. The spouse of a U.S. Army officer, Lopez founded Roost in Green – an online business platform that serves as the point of reference for sustainable interior design and architecture, offering purchasable eco-friendly home decor solutions at a user defined price point.