Veteran Entrepreneurs Ring the Bell to Close Wall Street Session

Jan 17, 2012

Contact:  Jane Henion, 607.255.9780, jmh222@cornell.edu 

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Veteran Entrepreneurs Ring the Bell to Close Wall Street Session

EBV program for disabled veterans comes to Cornell in 2012 

Ithaca, NY, January 17, 2012 – Graduates of the rapidly growing Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program were invited to visit the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 9, 2012. As part of the visit, members of the EBV team were on the bell podium when graduate Elizabeth Perez-Halperin rang the bell to close the session. Founded in 2007 at Syracuse University, EBV will be held September 29 – October 6, 2012, at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, under guidance of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE). PIHE Academic Director Neil Tarallo joined the EBV graduates for their NYSE visit.

Cornell is one of eight universities that offer this program, which provides entrepreneurial education at no charge to post-9/11 disabled veterans. Because it is based at the School of Hotel Administration, the Cornell EBV will focus particularly on hospitality- and real estate-related entrepreneurial ideas. Tarallo points out that a particular benefit of the Cornell program is that the EBV participants will work with Cornell students who are focused on being entrepreneurs.

With a strong group of corporate sponsors, EBV provides both free tuition and living assistance to disabled veterans who are planning to start their own companies. Perez-Halperin is president and founder of GC Green, a green-build general contracting and consulting firm.

For more information about EBV and how you can help empower disabled veterans through entrepreneurship, please contact Neil Tarallo, Academic Director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at ntarallo@cornell.edu or by calling 607-255-1217.

About the EBV

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) was founded in 2007 at Syracuse University and is now offered through a consortium of eight world-class universities across the country. The EBV Foundation, established in 2009, works in conjunction with the EBV to raise and provide funds to the consortium, provide mentorship to participating veterans, assist in the development of EBV businesses and help provide seed capital to veterans to start their businesses. The foundation is an authorized 501 (c) 3. For more information, visit whitman.syr.edu/ebv and ebvfoundation.org.

About The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
An operating unit of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, the Pillsbury Institute advances the study and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation in the hospitality industry. Through our network of faculty, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs, we give students the knowledge and skills they need to successfully pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. To learn more about the institute, visit www.pihe.cornell.edu, or contact Neil Tarallo, Academic Director, at 607.255.1217 or at nt266@cornell.edu.