FDU offers special entrepreneurship program for veterans


Madison, NJ (April 6, 2015) — As part of its commitment to serving veterans, Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to announce the fifth annual Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program. An initiative of the Rothman Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at FDU, VLV is designed to help veterans launch (or expand) businesses. Based out of FDU’s Florham Campus, the program is open to veterans of all service branches as well as their spouses and children.  
The VLV certificate program is tailored for veterans and designed to provide this underserved and underemployed group with the skills and support needed to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch successful businesses. Many of these new businesses contribute to the local and regional economy. Since it’s inception, VLV has successfully produced more than 70 graduates, with a significant number having started small businesses or refocused existing ones in the region.
Some notable graduates of the program include
Jim Feeney, franchisee of Cartridge World
Beth Inglis, co-founder of Knotty Daughters, a fashionable apron company 
Ron Ruiz, co-founder of TR Business Solutions, providing consulting services to municipalities
Elizabeth and Rick Myllenbeck, opened Sonoma Cellar, a wine tasting room and bistro in Alexandria, VA
Darlene McCann, opened an HVAC business, using the business plan that she developed as part of the 2012 cohort to sell her business idea
Tom Terzo, started Medquest Resolutions, and recently signed a major for his software services
VLV combines in-person instruction with online learning to help students grasp the fundamentals of starting a new venture and develop competencies in creating and sustaining a new business or non-profit organization. A team of experienced faculty and successful veteran entrepreneurs provides an interactive, one-on-one mentoring experience for the students. They learn the principles of entrepreneurship and apply them to their own businesses, either current or potential. After the 10-week program, students are provided with an additional 10 months of informal guidance from their mentors. This ensures the graduates have someone to call on to help them stay focused, reach their goals and implement their business plans.
The program uses a hybrid instructional model that combines online learning with in-person interaction with faculty and mentors. The 10-week program helps the Veterans acquire the skills and competencies needed to evaluate potential business opportunities and develop marketing and financial plans to launch their business, if they so choose.
The program is open to all veterans as well as their spouses and/or children. For more information about the program, visit http://fdu.edu/vlv. For any other questions please contact the Rothman Center at (973) 443-8842. FDU’s Florham Campus is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

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