The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) has always welcomed military personnel, and we have placed a particular emphasis on assisting recent veterans who want to pursue a business. Our major effort is Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which provides entrepreneurial training and education specifically geared to twenty-first century veterans with service-related disabilities. SHA is one of a network of colleges and universities that provide this program at no cost to our veterans who are developing their entrepreneurial businesses. SHA’s three-phase program welcomes veteran entrepreneurs who seek to develop a hospitality-industry business, particularly in the food and beverage segment. We are especially excited to meet with our program participants on campus for nine days of personal interaction.
SHA began hosting EBV in 2012 in association with the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. This is part of Lee and Mary Pillsbury’s vision for encouraging business formation through the United States as a way to improve the nation’s economy and to open the way for a new generation of business leaders. Because of their personal drive and organizational abilities, few people are in a better position than veterans to develop and operate successful businesses. As shown below, EBV features online study, nine days of learning at SHA on the Cornell campus, and twelve months of follow-up support. All of this is at no cost to the veteran participants.
A rigorous 30-day, online curriculum focused on basic skills of entrepreneurship and promotion of self-awareness of individual strengths moderated by SHA entrepreneurship faculty.
Phase 2: Residency
Nine-day residency at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration: students learn the core components of a business plan from Cornell’s world-class faculty and accomplished entrepreneurs.
Phase 3: EBV-Technical Assistance Program
Twelve months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts and a robust, comprehensive network of mentors, resources and national partnerships.
Featured EBV Alumnus: Ken Notari
Ken Notari had long been interested in entrepreneurship, and after a 20-year military career, he and his wife Dani were already on the path to starting their own business. But it was after he attended EBV that everything fell into place…
Founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, EBV has emerged as a national education initiative—the EBV consortium. The consortium is composed of the following ten institutions: Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, Florida State University’s College of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, University of Connecticut’s School of Business, Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Saint Joseph University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business, and the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.