National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Benito Olson in class as Michael Morris teaches
Entrepreneurship program jumpstarts ventures of veterans with disabilities
Apply by February 15, 2021

The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) provides a rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity for veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military. VEP is designed for veterans interested in starting a new venture as a means to financial independence and for veterans who have an existing business for which they would like to increase profits.

Application deadline: February 15, 2021

Meet our Past Delegates

NameLocationService Branch
Sybil AllisonHollywood, FLArmy
Eric BensonEau Claire, WIArmy
Larry BetzMonkton, MDArmy
Donalita BitsinnieMesa, AZArmy
Johnathan BrooksMiami, FLMarines
Jess CaliOrlando, FLArmy
Jason ChislomCharlotte, NCArmy - National Guard
Kat CichoszOcala, FLAir Force
Mike CookeMiramar, FLArmy
Joshua DavisYulee, FLNavy
Duwanna EllisColumbus, GAArmy
Mark GiddarieLutz, FLUSAF & USNR
TJ GreenDavenport, FLAir Force
Jason HaleyColumbus, GAArmy
Steven HammondTrussville, ALNavy
Herby HancockLutz, FLNavy
Eric HartliebWestminster, MDNavy
Kris HemchandWesley Chapel, FLArmy
Gabriel HensleyCocoa Beach, FLAir Force and Army
April HollandGulfport, MSNavy
Yolanda JacksonFayetteville, NCNavy
Ron JonesPensacola, FLNavy
Angel JonesBonaire, GAAir Force
Nick JourdainJacksonville, FLNavy
Alex Kruger-DobrotaCutler Bay, FLMarines
Ivette Lopez RiveraMiami, FLNavy
Richard MarkowGainesville, FLNavy
Tony McAllisterStone Mountain, GAArmy
Jay ParsonsOrlando, FLMarines
Mark Pike Jr.Covington, TNMarines
Juan QuinonesLake City, FLArmy
LR RackleySylvester, GAMarines
Don RayClarksville, TNArmy
Jeremy ReddigArlington, TXArmy
Jorge RodriguezDoral, FLArmy
Manny RuizHialeah, FLMarines
Nafis SharifFishers, INArmy
Terry ThorntonDothan, ALArmy
Ben TolleMiramar Beach, FLArmy
Steven WilliamsonMiami, FLArmy
Don WolfeLouisville, KYArmy
Freddie ZinkPiedmont, SCArmy

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration

Thanks to our Sponsors

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Key Corporate Sponsors

  • CareerSource North Central Florida
  • DAV Charitable Service Trust: Fulfilling Our Promises to the Men and Women Who Served
  • Wells Fargo

This event has been financed in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

  • Alachua County, Florida