Coles College of Business honors first class of military veteran entrepreneurs

New business training initiative provided free instruction to veterans KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 14…

Georgia (May 14, 2014)New business training initiative provided free instruction to veterans

KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 14, 2014) — Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business honored its first class of participants who completed the College’s new entrepreneurial program aimed at helping military veterans become business owners. 

The Georgia Advancing Veterans Education (GAVE) initiative paired military veterans with Kennesaw State business faculty and successful business owners who helped these new entrepreneurs learn what it will take to start their own small businesses in Georgia.

The 13 military veterans, who were either in the advanced stages of starting their own business or were interested in starting one, worked for several months and received instruction in subjects such as creating a business plan, understanding accounting and finances, and sharpening presentation skills. The participants presented their business plans to a panel of angel investors on May 3, potentially bringing these veterans the sought-after dollars needed to launch their businesses. 

“No other program in the state offers this type of business training for military veterans who are entrepreneurs, or aspiring to be entrepreneurs,” said Sheb True, director of the GAVE program and professor of marketing and professional sales in the Coles College of Business. “Small business is the backbone of the U.S. and these veterans have made an amazing transformation during the past few months. They have worked hard and while there is still a long journey ahead, it’s about progress and the path forward.” 

The GAVE participants have developed a variety of small businesses that will soon launch in Atlanta and Savannah, including restaurants and catering, construction management, sporting apparel, private security, and several non-profit social enterprises, according to True.  

Kennesaw State has long been a leader in providing services to military service members and veterans. The University has been recognized among the nation’s top schools for veterans, according to the Military Times magazine in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings. KSU was one of only 120 schools nationwide to be honored by the publication. In addition to the Military Times’ ranking, the University was named a “Military Friendly School” for the third consecutive year by G.I. Jobs magazine. The honor recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

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- Tiffany Capuano 


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