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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
to launch Feb. 18 for vets from across nation

Ariel West
  (January 30, 2017 at 8:13 am)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at Oklahoma State University continues to attract national attention as it enters its eighth consecutive year of empowering American military veterans as they turn their business idea into workable business models.

The program, headed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow. Sixteen military veterans representing four of the five branches of the United State military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate in the innovative “boot camp” program Feb. 18-26.

“We believe in providing practical skills that will empower veterans to become financially independent,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “We teach them the significance of being entrepreneurs. We provide industry knowledge and support for businesses at every step of implementation. Our faculty members and industry experts make sure the veterans are well prepared by the time they leave Stillwater, and what better way to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice than by helping them achieve their goals in civilian life?” Continue Reading

School of Entrepreneurship awarded grant for
Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Ariel West
  (September 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm)

VEP logoOklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship and Riata Center for Entrepreneurship were selected to receive a $100,000 Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The grant assists in providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans interested in starting or growing a small business. The 12-month grant will aid the Riata Center’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), which is offered completely free to veterans accepted into the program. The “boot camp” program builds on elements of OSU’s entrepreneurship curriculum and helps veterans develop business ideas to implement into their business models. Continue Reading

OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
will assist military vets from across the U.S.

Terry Tush
  (February 8, 2016 at 10:30 am)

VEP logoFor the seventh consecutive year, the Spears School of Business will host more than 20 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp later this month on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

Twenty-two military veterans from all across the United States and representing nearly every branch of the United States military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate Feb. 20-27 in this innovative program.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its seventh year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow.

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Spears School’s online master’s degree
ranked 39th best program for Veterans

Rachel Peters
  (June 2, 2015 at 10:00 am)

VEP PhotoThe online master’s business degree at Oklahoma State University is one of the best programs in the United States offering benefits for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report.

OSU’s online masters degree in business is tied for No. 39 in the 2015 rankings.

“OSU has had a long history of working with the military in general and serving the veterans,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management. “Our School of Entrepreneurship has a special program focused on helping veterans start a business. We also offer special tuition rates for military personnel enrolled in our master’s and graduate certificate programs. So I am really pleased that we are also recognized through such rankings.”

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Paralympian silver medalist John Register
participating in OSU VEP Program

Dollie Elliott
  (February 11, 2015 at 10:13 am)

Videos by Jordan Pfeiffer, Spears School of Business

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John Register shares his experience with the OSU National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
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Paralympian silver medalist John Register participating in OSU VEP Program

 

Story by Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman/NewsOK

Story link: No hurdle has been too great for John Register

The hurdler who lost a leg hasn’t stopped jumping over obstacles.

John Register lost his leg while serving in the Army.

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No hurdle has been too great for John Register

Spears School News Staff
  (February 10, 2015 at 3:05 pm)

This article originally appeared in the NewsOK. Read the original article.

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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
attracts 31 for across U.S. for boot camp

Terry Tush
  (January 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm)

VEP logoThe Spears School of Business will host 31 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp Feb. 7-14 on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its sixth year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow.

“As a land-grant university, we are called to serve veterans,” said Misty Stutsman, manager of events and outreach for the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship takes a lot of pride in VEP because there is no better way to thank them for what they have done than to teach them about the significance of being entrepreneurs.

“We believe in teaching them practical skills to become self-sufficient and in turn, helping other fellow veterans. An important part of the program is the network of veterans that we’ve built, all who have similar passions and goals that can support each other from a personal and a business resource standpoint.”
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Veterans Entrepreneurship Program alum, former Marine Capt. Jonathan McConnell launched his private maritime security company covers 35 ports worldwide.

Spears School News Staff
  (January 7, 2015 at 9:32 am)

Veterans Entrepreneurship Program Dinner

Spears School News Staff
  (February 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm)

Oklahoma State University program helps entrepreneurial veterans

Spears School News Staff
  (February 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm)

This article originally appeared in the O’Colly. Read the original article.

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Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Spears School News Staff
  (October 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm)

OSU now accepting applications for
2014 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Terry Tush
  (July 3, 2013 at 9:37 am)
Drew and Heather Gomer

Drew and Heather Gomer are just two of the many participants who have benefitted from Oklahoma State University’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP).

Oklahoma State University is now accepting applications for its annual program helping disabled veterans launch and grow their own businesses.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, or VEP, is an entrepreneurial training program designed to empower veterans by providing them critical resources to turn their business ideas into workable business models, helping them create companies and sustainable ventures.

“The heart of our VEP includes lectures, workshops, and instruction in decision-making, product development, project management, contracts, manufacturing, and operations, the skills required to start and maintain real businesses,” said Craig Watters, professor in entrepreneurship and interim director of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship.

The VEP is presented each year by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. The yearlong program offers a three-phase, hands-on learning opportunity. Participants complete an online self-study session and an intense eight-day on-campus boot camp conducted by world-class entrepreneurship educators and successful entrepreneurs, which is followed by 10 months of mentoring and support from the Tulsa Rotary and volunteer entrepreneurs.
 
The VEP is provided free of charge – including transportation, accommodations, books, food and instruction – to accepted applicants. OSU alumni and supporters have rallied around the program and donated thousands of dollars to help make VEP possible each year.

There are a limited number of positions available and interested veterans are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

Drew and Heather Gomer, a married couple from Oklahoma City, took the knowledge learned from the program to open their own companies after attending the 2013 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. Heather is the CEO and co-founder of Advanced Flight Training Solutions and she recently signed an operating agreement with the airport in Yukon, Okla., where the Sundance Flight Academy already has one airplane, an instructor and several students. Drew recently started Military Morph, a job placement service for veterans separating from the military.

“I showed up to VEP with a business concept. The professors and entrepreneurs that made VEP possible guided me through the process of turning my idea into reality,” said Heather Gomer. “At the end of the course, when I pitched by business concept, every single panel member noted that they would invest in the company I was proposing to start. That was the beginning for me. I walked away from VEP with not only the knowledge I needed to get started, but also the support and encouragement I needed at the time.”

Drew Gomer says the program is changing his life. “I would absolutely recommend the VEP program for veterans who are motivated, driven and interested in growing or starting a business,” said Drew Gomer. “This program provides all the tools for success and I would recommend it to all veterans interested in starting or growing their business. I learned more in this course in a week than I did in the two-and-a-half year self-study of entrepreneurship.

“I had the luxury of attending the program with my wife, Heather, who quit her day job a month after the program and has been fully focused on seeing her business succeed and grow. The business I am creating is rewarding, challenging and will be my greatest accomplishment to date once it becomes profitable.”

Applications for the 2013-2014 VEP are available online at http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/riata/veterans. Applications are due by Oct. 1, 2013.

To make a donation, visit the same website http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/riata/veterans/, or contact the Riata Center at 405-744-7552. 

Oklahoma State University looks to expand veterans entrepreneurship program

Spears School News Staff
  (February 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm)

This article originally appeared in the News OK. Read the original article.

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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
attracts participants for week-long bootcamp

Spears School News Staff
  (January 28, 2013 at 11:18 am)

VEP logoMore than 40 disabled United States veterans who faithfully served their country will be traveling to Stillwater the first week of February to participate in an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial bootcamp on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its fourth year in empowering disabled American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program offers a unique, highly innovative training program built around hands-on learning, personalized interaction and exposure to inspiring role models.

The eight-day VEP begins Saturday, Feb. 2, and runs throughout the week before concluding with the VEP Gala Celebration Saturday, Feb. 9. Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the VEP Gala Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

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Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts
to speak at 2013 VEP Gala Celebration

Terry Tush
  (December 20, 2012 at 9:31 am)
J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts

Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the 2013 VEP Gala Celebration, honoring the group of military personnel participating in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program presented each year by the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.

The 2013 VEP Gala Celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

“We are pleased that J.C. Watts will be addressing the 2013 graduates of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “His insights on inspiring the student in everyone to dream big, stretch their leadership potential, transform organizations and make a difference in the world will be beneficial as they embark on this new challenge in their lives.”

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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
receives grant from Wounded Warrior Project

Spears School News Staff
  (October 26, 2012 at 11:43 am)

VEP logoThe Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business announced today that it is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

The grant was presented to the Riata Center to support the highly successful Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), which was created to empower disabled American veterans to turn their business ideas into reality, and to find a path to financial independence through entrepreneurship.

“The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is one of the most rewarding outreach programs that we put on each year and we are privileged to be able to offer our resources and expertise to men and women who have paid a price for our freedom,” said Michael Morris, OSU’s N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and founder of the VEP. “Our goal is to help these veterans become entrepreneurs as a way to make their transition into the private sector successful and sustainable.”

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OSU seeks applicants for Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Spears School News Staff
  (July 26, 2012 at 9:55 am)

This article originally appeared in the Edmond Sun. Read the original article.

Veterans Enterprise – The Military and Veterans Business Network

Spears School News Staff
  (July 12, 2012 at 8:39 am)

OSU Accepting Applications for 2012 Vets Entrepreneurship Program

Oklahoma State University is now accepting applications for its annual program helping disabled veterans launch and grow their own businesses.

The Veterans with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program, or VEP, is an entrepreneurial training program designed to empower veterans by providing them critical resources to turn their business ideas into workable business models, helping them create companies and sustainable ventures.

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Oklahoma State University’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Spears School News Staff
  (October 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm)

This article originally appeared in the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Read the original article.

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