East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) College of Management and Marketing and the Sync Space Entrepreneur Center used yesterday’s nationwide celebration to announce a partnership that will bring STRIVE, an entrepreneurship program for veterans, to Johnson City this spring.
“On this Veterans Day, we are excited to announce our continued partnership with ETSU to provide resources and support as we help our veteran entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.” says Heath Guinn, President of Sync Space.
The program, offered to veterans who are ready to start or grow their business, is designed for entrepreneurs at all stages – from simply having an idea to a business in the early stages or one that is established but wanting to grow. Throughout the course, participants will develop their entrepreneurial knowledge and interact with subject matter experts to create a strategy for growing their business and expanding their network.
ETSU is just the second institution in the country selected to host a STRIVE program through a partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The IVMF program has trained more than 70,000 veteran entrepreneurs by leveraging the skills, resources, and infrastructure of higher education institutions.
“Especially in times of uncertainty, ETSU will continue to take a lead in helping our veterans as they start businesses and continue their careers in our region” says Allen Gorman, Chair of ETSU College of Management and Marketing. “We are thankful and appreciate of Sync Space’s partnership in helping us bring the STRIVE program to our region for its second year.”
The eight-week course consists of evening meetings. Application deadline is December 31, and here’s a link to the application. Pictured here are ETSU’s Gorman and Bill Heise, STRIVE Program Coordinator along with Guinn.