Veterans' families receive help becoming entrepreneurs

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Family members of military veterans are receiving assistance with starting or expanding their businesses.

The program is called the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans' Families (EBV-F). It's taking place at the FSU College of Business. It's presented by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

The goal is to provide the family members with the tools necessary to help them and the veteran they represent forge a successful path forward now that their time in the military has ended.

EBV-F is an annual program. More than 25 military veterans family members from across the country come FSU to train in entrepreneurship and management.

They receive resources to capitalize on ideas, access to legal services, website design, access to small grants, mentorships, and more.

Participants say they feel so much more equipped to execute their dreams of starting or expanding their own business.

Stephanie Murray is a participant who lives in Montana. She's the wife of a Marine Corps veteran. Her husband is 100 percent service connected disabled.

Murray has owned a networking marketing company for three years and says she is looking to expand. She says the bootcamp is helping her find her way.

"Sometimes you feel really dis-empowered with the systems the way they work. So, to come here and have all these people really rallying behind you and wanting to see you succeed is really cool," Murray says.

Gwynne Barker lives in Idaho. She's married to an Iraq War veteran. Barker is in the process of starting an oil and gas business that offers training and consulting services. She's forming the business with her father, who's also a veteran.

Barker says, "This bootcamp has been unbelievably helpful. It is really a unique program amongst those that are offered out there for aspiring entrepreneurs, because it allows you to move from theory into action."

Murray said the bootcamp removes so many barriers to them reaching their goals.

Barker said it feels amazing to know there are people as dedicated to helping them as the veterans are to helping America.

The bootcamp started February 23 and ends with a closing ceremony March 3rd.

It is free for the families.

For information on EBV-F, visit

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