Veterans Launching Ventures Certificate Course

  • Are you a veteran who is ready to meet your next challenge?
  • Do you want to start or grow your own business, but need some guidance?

If you're a veteran, and the idea of being an entrepreneur excites you, Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) is for you.

You will graduate from the course knowing:

  • fundamental entrepreneurial skills needed in today's business environment
  • the competencies you need to launch your new business
  • how to build a robust marketing plan
  • how to develop financial projections for your new business
  • how to develop a comprehensive business plan so you can make an informed decision about the feasability of starting your new business
  • sharpen presentation skills
  • how to develop an operations plan
  • how to develop fundraising strategies

Who can apply for the course?

  • Veterans and active duty servicepersons from all branches of the U.S. military
  • All spouses and children of veterans may apply.

What makes VLV a great opportunity for veterans?

  • VLV will give you the skills and support you need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch a small business.
  • VLV is offered in eight evening classes in the fall and spring.
  • VLV is also available fully-online during the winter session
  • Veterans enjoy a supportive collegial environment with other veterans.
  • Each veteran is matched with his or her own consultant for individual guidance and support during the program. Consultants are successful entrepreneurs themselves.
  • Each consultant will continue to assist / guide the veteran for a period of ten months following the completion of the course.

Register for winter, spring, or fall.

The certificate is offered in one of two formats: in-person or online.

  • In-person instruction is offered in either the spring semester or the fall semester. All study materials are available online, and all homework is submitted online. In-person workshops are held on campus.
  • The online version of the course is offered in the winter intersession from January to March and has no in-person meetings. All study is completed online. The curriculum is the same for both formats.

What is the cost?

  • the VLV course is a free course opened to veterans and their families.