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Veterans with entrepreneurial spirit can find assistance at Rider University

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Veterans who need expert guidance on a business idea can find assistance through the Veterans Entrepreneurship Training program, offered through Rider University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The seven-week program is returning for a fifth year with evening classes held at the university and taught by professors from Rider’s College of Business Administration. For the first time, participating veterans can also earn three college credits through the program.

The VET program, which also provides help for veterans wishing to expand an existing business, is made possible through the support of the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation Inc. and The Uncommon Individual Foundation. The program starts with the veterans developing their business concept.

Dr. Ronald Cook, director of Rider’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate dean, says the program offers hands-on assignments and a mentoring program, in which veterans apply to work with an entrepreneurial mentor for a year after the classroom portion of the program ends.  The program also includes a panel of various subject-matter experts who will be available to all the veterans in the program. 

Interested applicants may apply online at www.rider.edu/vep. For more information, email Patricia Adams at padams@rider.edu.

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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