Small Business Boot Camp will offer veterans and others advice on entrepreneurship

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Small Business Boot Camp will offer veterans and others advice on entrepreneurship

October 28, 2015 - 12:16
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Priscilla Cordero, director of the GSU Small Business 
Development Center, center, talks with Rachael Shores, 
a Homewood businesswoman, at the 2014 SBDC 
Veterans Boot Camp. The day-long event helps 
veterans and others learn about entrepreneurship.

(HF Chronicle file photo by Eric Crump)

Military veterans with an interest in business are invited to explore the rewards of business ownership at the 13th Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday,  Nov. 12, at Governors State University (GSU) in University Park.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at GSU. The full-day workshop and networking event provides practical guidance for business owners on a wide variety of topics from experts, many of them veterans themselves.

“Our Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is designed to provide real-world perspective in an interactive setting,” said Priscilla Cordero, director of the SBDC at GSU. “Participants can choose from a number of different breakout sessions, creating a personalized experience. The combination of education and networking makes this event an outstanding opportunity.”

 The SBDC at GSU offers the program free of charge to veterans; non-veterans are also welcome for a registration fee of $50.

Speakers will include State Sen. Thomas Cullerton, and a number of business owners and professionals who will share their personal experience and advice. 

Topics will include:

  • Finding the Right Franchise for You (Laurie Burge, FranChoice)
  • Pricing Right (Tom Gray, Business Techniques Institute)
  • Business Plan: Why Bother? (Jerry Janousek, Phoenix Business Solutions, Inc.)
  • Legal Challenges (Michael Schlesinger, The John Marshall Law School)
  • Certifications for Veterans (Kevin Smith, GSU)
  • International Trade (Mary Ma, International Trade Center at GSU)
  • Veteran Business Advantages (Jeffrey Ficaro, Standard Bank)
  • Government Contracting 101 (Rita Haake, PTAC at College of DuPage)
  • Social Media for Your Business (Stephanie Shostok, Sharn Enterprises, Inc.)

Attendees will also be able to build business connections at a speed networking session, luncheon and dessert reception. 

The event will take place in the GSU Center for Performing Arts. For more information, call 708-534-4929.