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Syracuse University receives $100K to help disabled veterans become entrepreneurs

Syracuse University has received $100,000 in grant funding for their Institute for Veterans and Military Families to develop programs that support disabled military veterans.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 2:22 PM

SYRACUSE – Syracuse University has received $100,000 in grant funding for their Institute for Veterans and Military Families to develop programs that support disabled military veterans.

The funding comes from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of $300,000 in grants awarded by its Office of Veterans Business Development. The funds were distributed nationally to organizations offering entrepreneurship training to service-disabled vets.

“Service-disabled veteran small business owners bring a unique and valued skill set to entrepreneurship,” said Chris Pilkerton, SBA acting administrator. “Funding these organizations involved in helping service-disabled veterans establish successful businesses will go a long way toward securing the future for these veterans and their families.”

The university will use the new federal funding to develop an ‘Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities,’ combining entrepreneurial education with hands-on experience. The curriculum will take veterans through the stages of venture creation, while providing training, network opportunities and support.

“Syracuse University is a national leader when it comes to advancing the lives of veterans and military families. The SBA and President Trump know this funding will be used to enhance opportunities for service-disabled vets – heroes who have given so much of themselves defending our nation’s freedom,” said Steve Bulger, the SBA regional administrator who oversees the agency’s operations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To learn more about the SBA’s small business startup and expansion resources for veterans, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.

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