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V-WISE Invites Female Veterans and Military Spouses to Pursue Their Dreams of Entrepreneurship

By Barbara Carson, SBA Official
Published: May 22, 2014 Updated: May 22, 2014

Next month Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) will host 200 female veterans and military spouses at a three-day conference to realize their goals of business ownership through education and training.  The event, V-WISE’s 10th annual conference, will be hosted by the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University June 13-15 in New York City with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  

V-WISE is committed to women veterans by providing them the tools they need to become successful entrepreneurs.  The weekend conference will include a variety of essential business sessions such as Marketing 101, Business Law, discussion panels, female-entrepreneur guest speakers, as well as counseling and networking opportunities.

The 2012 U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners reported that 4.4 percent of veteran business owners are women.  That number has risen significantly since 2008 as more and more women veterans are becoming entrepreneurs. 

V-WISE graduate and former U.S. Air Force C130 pilot Kristina Guerrero encourages women to participate in the program.  “The best thing a female veteran can do is to acknowledge that she’s a veteran.  Be proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve accomplished. There are resources available… take advantage of them.” 

To learn more about or apply to the V-WISE program, visit

About the Author:

Barbara Carson
Barbara Carson

SBA Official

Barbara Carson is the Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development.


It is a Women's World, after all, great news about an interesting program.
Many veterans have skills and training that make them valuable in the workplace. Veterans deserve a place in American business.
Excellent article. Empowering our women veterans! Love it!
Wow really a good platform to fulfill dreams of Veteran Women, believe that the actual spirit of entrepreneurship can only be symbolized with participation of more & more women into this forum.

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