Currently, women represent about 15 percent of active duty military, 20 percent of the Reserves, 16 percent of the National Guard and 20 percent of new recruits. More than 11 percent of U.S. forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are women. The total women veteran population in the U.S. and Puerto Rico is 1,853,690. States with the largest number of women veterans are California, Texas, Florida, Virginia and Georgia. (September 2011).
A 15-day online learning experience designed to teach participants the “language of business,” how to understand opportunity recognition as it relates to growing a sustainable venture, and present actionable strategies related to new venture creation.
The conference phase of the V-WISE experience, is a three-day training offered to cohorts of 200 women at locations across the country. The conference includes more than 20 distinct modules of training, designed for both new business owners and to support the needs of existing ventures. Delegates are exposed to successful entrepreneurs, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leaders in government. Upon completion of this phase participants will receive 2.7 continuing education units (documentation required).
Following the conference, graduates are connected to ongoing support and community-building opportunities focused on small business creation and growth. This resource network includes both SBA-provided supportive services (Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), Veterans’ Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs), Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offices) as well as services provided by the IVMF and other IVMF partners to include American Corporate Partners (ACP), BoeFly, and Kiva Zip.
Is V-WISE for me?
The program is open to all female veterans, active duty female service members and female partners/spouses of active duty service members and veterans who share the goal of launching and growing a sustainable business venture. Participants may be from any branch of the military and any era of service. Participants must be able to complete the online component of the program and be able to travel to one of the mandatory conferences.
Get all the details about the V-WISE program at whitman.syr.edu/vwise