Venture Management says it will work with the National Veterans Business Development Corporation to offer an entrepreneurial training program to veterans in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC.

The “Veterans Entrepreneurial Training Program” includes between 30 and 45 hours of classroom instruction, workshops and deals with issues facing business startups. Facilitators of the program have been successful entrepreneurs themselves, according to Venture Management.

Cost of the program ranges between $250 and $375, depending upon the courses taken. Graduates also will receive a Gateway personal computer.

The Veterans Corporation is a non-profit group formed in 1999 by Congress and is mandated to provide veterans who want to become entrepreneurs with access to capital, services and training as well as access to potential markets.

The groups will launch the program on May 15 at 5:30 PM at the Raleigh Business & Technology Center.

“The lessons inherent to military life — discipline, teamwork, the ability to expect the unexpected — provide Veterans the raw ability to become successful entrepreneurs,” said Katherine Ward, director of education for The Veterans Corporation. “They just need the right tools to get them started.”

Sue Weems, director of Venture Management, will direct the program.

“These veterans are ideally suited and can make a significant contribution to our economy,” Weems said. “They just need the tools and encouragement to make it happen.”

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