North Florida Veteran Women's Training -VWISE

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SBA North Florida District Office

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)

This unique entrepreneurship training program was designed specifically by Syracuse University with the Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, to encourage and support female veterans with an interest in exploring careers/ opportunities in small business ownership.  V-WISE is committed to helping female veterans interested in pursuing careers as small business owners and entrepreneurs.  This particular entrepreneurship training program helps women veterans by providing them with the tools to become successful entrepreneurs; its goal is to integrate their leadership, integrity, focus and drive into a premier education training program taught by accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States.

V-WISE is a three-phase program

·Phase 1: What’s first? A 15-day online, self-study course focuses on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business starting on December 18, 2012.

·Phase 2: Ready, Set, Go! A three-day conference where participants are exposed to accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States. This segment includes two training tracks: a growth track tailored to those participants already in business and a startup track focused on potential future entrepreneurs.  Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, human resources and work life balance (the online course segment is a prerequisite to conference training).

·Phase 3: Keep Moving…provides ongoing support and mentorship delivered online and through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners.

Admission is on a rolling basis so early application is highly recommended.  Participants are responsible for a one-time $75 registration fee and their transportation to and from the on-site conference.  All hotel and conference fees are covered through the support of the Small Business Administration. The last day to apply is December 14, 2012.

If you are a female veteran, active-duty female transitioning within 24-months, spouse or female partner of a veteran who is running or growing a small business, or if you are interested in starting a new small business, then V-WISE is your answer!

To apply visit

Phase 2 Training will be held in Jacksonville at the

Omni Hotel & Resorts, 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 

January 10-12, 2013

 For more information on this program, please contact Natalie Hall at (904) 443-1902.


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.