Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is responding to a problem of the lack of jobs awaiting war Veterans as they turn to civilian life with a unique program.

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It is called Veterans Launching Ventures, which is a year-long program aimed to help Veterans start or expand a business, with a blending of 10 weeks of instruction followed by mentoring from entrepreneurs. It is also has the convenience factor of online classes.

Volunteer Coordinator John Howlett says what sets the program apart "is that combination of classroom instruction, coupled with the fact that they had the mentoring, which is the real-life experience."

Veterans Launching Ventures is free of charge to Veterans, completely underwritten by by corporate sponsors.

Howlett says this combination curriculum is designed to provide the Veterans with the skills and resources to help launch or expand a business, especially the mentoring.

"It gives the entrepreneur a sounding board. The mentor serves as a sounding board to them," he explained.

Many of the instructors are also Vets, which has led to special bonds being formed along the way. Howlett estimates that over 100 Veterans have gone through the program.

"Our objective is to enable as many veterans as possible to launch their own business programs."

You can learn more about the program online.

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