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Veterans Visit A&M To Get Aid Starting Businesses

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 July 16, 2018 1:04 PM updated: August 2, 2018 8:54 AM

We're proud that the Bootcamp veterans started their week here! Follow @TAMUMcFerrin on Twitter and Instagram all week for #EBV. Photo courtesy of McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.
We're proud that the Bootcamp veterans started their week here! Follow @TAMUMcFerrin on Twitter and Instagram all week for #EBV. Photo courtesy of McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Association of Former Students was proud to host the kickoff dinner Saturday for a weeklong event helping veterans start and grow businesses.

From around the country, 22 veterans with service-related disabilities have come to Texas A&M this week to take part in The Reynolds & Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV).

Their proposals range from a bed-and-breakfast on a farm to consulting businesses. One concept makes use of military-gained experience with drones.

Thanks to Texas A&M’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, which coordinates and hosts the entire week of events, they’ll hear from A&M professors and have mentoring opportunities with Texas A&M former students who are entrepreneurs.

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A&M’s Mays Business School and seven other universities created this Bootcamp more than a decade ago. It’s now a nationwide program, and thanks to sponsors Reynolds & Reynolds, the $5,000-per-person cost is covered for the participants here in Aggieland.

Typically, there are Aggies among the participants here, but it’s not limited to A&M former students. Association Vice President Kathryn Greenwade ’88, who was among the speakers welcoming the participants Saturday night, said that the veterans get a feel for the A&M campus and for the Aggie core values while they’re here and are able to learn from highly respected members of the Texas A&M faculty.

Learn more about the Bootcamp through the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship here.

Follow the McFerrin Center on Twitter and Instagram this week for a peek into the program!

https://twitter.com/TAMUMcFerrin/status/1018272673640706048

Thanks to donors' gifts, The Association of Former Students is able to host hundreds of events each year from Class Reunions, Ring Day and free football game-watches to student organization meetings and Corps open houses, often waiving or reducing costs in support of A&M organizations and always representing the history and traditions of Texas A&M to all visitors. Add your support, in any amount, at tx.ag/give


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