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UCLA Anderson offers entrepreneurship program for disabled veterans

School provides business management, entrepreneurial training at no cost

The UCLA Anderson School of Management will join a select group of business schools around the nation in offering the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), an innovative program designed to provide specialized entrepreneurship training for post–Sept. 11 military personnel injured in the line of duty.
The nine-day boot camp, to be held at UCLA Anderson's campus from Aug. 2 to 10, is part of the EBV's three-part training course, which brings together world-class faculty, disability experts and successful entrepreneurs to address the opportunities available to veterans motivated by small business ownership, as well as the specific challenges they face.
It is estimated that the number of Americans disabled as a result of military operations since Sept. 11, 2001, has exceeded 50,000. For many of these veterans, traditional employment may represent a lifelong challenge. In response to the overwhelming need for entrepreneurial training for these vets, the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University introduced the EBV program in 2007. This year, the EBV Consortium of Schools was launched, with UCLA Anderson, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Florida State University's College of Business and Whitman as partners. At all four institutions, the program's curriculum is standardized, ensuring that participants receive a consistent, high-quality learning experience.
"We have an obligation to support the increasing number of disabled veterans who return to our communities and seek to build meaningful economic opportunities for themselves and others," said Judy Olian, dean of the Anderson School. "UCLA Anderson is well positioned and eager to participate in this program. With our highly regarded entrepreneurship faculty and programs, we will be providing these veterans with the tools to advance their entrepreneurial ambitions."
Conducted by UCLA Anderson's Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the EBV has two primary goals: to provide practical, high-quality training in entrepreneurship and to establish a solid support structure for graduates. The program consists of three phases. The first is a self-study session, in which veterans complete courses through online discussions moderated by university faculty. The second is a nine-day residency boot camp at UCLA Anderson, where participants will learn the nuts and bolts of business ownership through workshops and seminars. The final phase involves 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship by faculty experts.
"The EBV is one of the first significant academic partnerships aimed at this unique group of Americans," said Alfred E. Osborne Jr., senior associate dean of UCLA Anderson and faculty director of the Price Center. "As a public institution, UCLA will continue its legacy of service by helping these distinguished vets develop the skills they need to succeed in this next phase of their careers."
Throughout the EBV course, students will learn to develop strategies for raising capital, attracting customers and writing business plans that are most effective for their business model. For all participating veterans, the program is entirely free — including tuition, travel and accommodations — thanks to the generous support of private sponsors.
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education. Now celebrating its 20th year, the center supports teaching, research, extracurricular activities and management development programs in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital and social enterprise at UCLA Anderson. Approximately 90 percent of UCLA Anderson's full-time M.B.A. students enroll in entrepreneurial electives, and more than half are active members of the student-run Entrepreneur Association. The center is known for its extensive outreach and the impact of its management development programs, which provide entrepreneurial education to such diverse groups as directors of Head Start agencies and community health organizations, leaders of nongovernmental organizations working on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa; founders and executives of entrepreneurial companies (including those owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans), directors and officers of venture-backed and public companies, and K–12 teachers working to develop entrepreneurial curricula, among others.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in M.B.A., executive M.B.A., fully-employed M.B.A. and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a worldwide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares students to become future global leaders.
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