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Small-business training free for veterans

Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network, Inc.
April 25. 2018 5:48PM




FRANKLIN, Mass. — New England veterans who own a small business are invited to apply for participation in the next VETRN StreetWise “MBA” program, to begin this fall at Dean College in Franklin, Mass.

The award-winning VETRN program is designed for veteran small businesses that generate revenues of $100,000 or more annually, that have been in business for at least one year and whose owners have at least one employee.

Customized for veteran-owned businesses in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the tuition-free training is open not only to the owners, but also their family members.

The goal is to help the businesses build operational capacity, increase revenues and create sustainable jobs. Six months long, the program uses a peer-based learning method to provide the participants with the business knowledge, management know-how and relationships they need to achieve scale.

The upcoming session will cover topics vital to small-business success, including strategic planning, marketing and sales, human resources tactics, business strategy development, and access to capital and new contracts. Participants will be assigned a mentor at the beginning and will emerge with a three-year strategic growth plan and more than 100 hours of combined peer-to-peer mentoring, work assignments, and classroom training. They will also have access to the VETRN professional resource network.

This training will begin at the end of September. The exact start date has yet to be announced. Classes will be held every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for a total of 13 classroom sessions. During the other 13 weeks, the class participants meet, based on their own schedule, for peer-to-peer mentoring with their assigned mentors.

Those interested can apply at www.vetrn.org or send an email to info@vetrn.org.


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