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Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) is an entrepreneurial training program for female veterans of all service eras and branches with a passion for and interest in either starting a new small business or growing an existing one.  VWISE enables female veterans to find their passion and learn business-savvy skills in order to turn their ideas or businesses into growth ventures while recognizing entrepreneurship as an important part of economic growth nationwide. 

This unique 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 career/opportunities in small business ownership. VWISE is committed to helping female 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

VWISE is a three-phase program

  • Phase 1:  A 15-day, online, self-study course focuses on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business.
  • Phase 2: 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: Provides ongoing support and mentorship delivered online through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners.


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