VetFran partners with VA on new Veterans Business Accelerator
By: Matthew Haller and Jenna Weisbord
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is creating a new VA Business Accelerator, to provide professional and entrepreneurial development for veterans interested in entrepreneurship. The VA Business Accelerator will include powerful and innovative courses, resources, and professional development tools. The comprehensive curricula has been designed with the veteran small business owner in mind, and supports the veteran through the entire business cycle. VetFran will be providing franchising content. All interested veterans will be able to access the free courses and resources. Wounded veterans will even qualify for financial support from the VA while doing the coursework. Together, the education provided by the VA Accelerator and the opportunities and incentives offered by the IFA and VetFran can open doors for many veteran-entrepreneurs to start and grow a franchise suitable to their interests.
VetFran is a valuable resource for VA Accelerator graduates, many of whom would like to pursue entrepreneurship through franchising post-graduation. The two programs share a commitment to helping veterans succeed in their career endeavors as the VA Accelerator is a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to educate Veterans on entrepreneurship and VetFran is dedicated to making opportunities in franchising more accessible to veterans.
Entrepreneurial veterans will be encouraged to pursue franchising opportunities that interest them and the VA Business Accelerator curriculum teaches the vital business skills for entrepreneurs such as starting a business, leading, managing, hiring, and sales. VetFran’s partnerships and resources along with the VA Accelerator’s targeted education can help veterans who wish to open a franchise succeed.