EBV program expands to Cornell University School of Hotel Administration


The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), an education and training program founded in 2007 at the Whitman School and operated by Syracuse University’sInstitute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), has announced its expansion to theCornell University School of Hotel Administration. Through its alliance with the School of Hotel Administration, the Culinary Institute of America will also be a part of the EBV training program.

By the end of 2011, 450 veterans from across the nation will graduate from the EBV, which has spurred the creation of more than 200 new veteran-owned businesses. The EBV program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines disabled as a result of their service.

The EBV is offered through a national consortium of world-class schools that includes the Whitman School of Management at SU, the College of Business at The Florida State University, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, the Krannert School at Purdue University, the School of Business at the University of Connecticut and the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.

“Cornell University is a wonderful addition to the EBV family and is the first EBV consortium member that will serve as a ‘specialty training school,’” says Mike Haynie, EBV founder and executive director of the IVMF. “Beginning in 2012, EBV applicants who express a desire to launch and grow a business in the hospitality or real estate industry will receive their training through Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, the premier hospitality management school in the world. This specialty expertise will be focused on empowering veterans who want to launch hospitality ventures realize their business ownership dreams.”

“Through our Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, we have fostered the entrepreneurial spirit of our students, providing them with the education, professional network and resources they need to be successful innovators,” says Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. “We’re delighted to be able to extend this hospitality and real estate training to veterans through the EBV.”

“The EBV is an invaluable service to our nation’s veterans, giving them the skills and knowledge to create entrepreneurship opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities,” says Neil Tarallo, senior lecturer and academic director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. “I am thrilled that the Pillsbury Institute will be the newest training ground for veterans who are interested in the hospitality industry.”

The EBV is widely acclaimed as the nation’s premier veteran entrepreneurship training program, recognized as a national best practice by the Department of the Army and one of the 10 best entrepreneurship programs in the United States according to the editors of Inc. magazine. Syracuse University serves as the EBV consortium’s home base. On the SU campus, the EBV is administered under the auspices of the IVMF, a national center that leverages the resources of higher education in service to veterans and military families through the pillars of educational programming, employment training and actionable research.

The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world’s largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation’s first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field.

The Culinary Institute of America is widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college, and it has inspired excellence throughout the food world by leading the way in student education, elevation of the culinary profession through innovation and thought leadership, and collaborations on critical food and industry issues. Originally founded in 1946 to provide career training for returning World War II veterans, the CIA is delighted to be part of the EBV initiative with Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.