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Rider University and Grand Bank, N.A., along with the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation, Saul Ewing LLP, and Wilkin & Guttenplan PC complete their Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program for the third year.

Dr. Ronald Cook speaks to the class, session 2015   Students listen, participate in classroom discussion, summer 2015

The program is now completed for the summer of 2016.  However, please continue to apply to preregister for our 2017 program.

Apply here! Slots are limited as registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and space is limited.  You must be a veteran to be eligible to participate and have a business concept to pursue.

About the Program
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Rider University offers a free, nine week entrepreneurship program in the summer.  This program will have veterans develop a business plan to explore a venture idea or guide an existing business, and will take place at Rider's Lawrenceville campus.  It will be run in two phases. Phase one will have veterans develop their business concept. This concept must be finalized before moving onto phase two, the full business plan creation process.  Only veterans whose business concept is approved by the program can move into phase two because to build a business plan at this rapid pace, it has to come from a solid concept.

The class size is limited to 20 students to allow for instructor feedback and individualized attention, which is vital during the business plan creation process.

Upon completion of the program, veterans will receive one year of mentoring as they pursue their venture dreams.

Program Schedule*

All classes will meet from 6-9pm Wednesday evenings on the dates indicated below.

Phase 1

Course Structure & Business Concept Development - May 25, 2017
*Note* - Concept must be approved before continuing onto phase 2

Phase 2

Business Plan Overview and Business Description- June 8, 2017

Market Research 1- June 15, 2017
Industry structure, Industry trends, Business Research Skills

Market Research 2- June 22, 2017
Competitive analysis, Demographics, Competitive Advantage

Market Plan & Management- June 29, 2017
Promotions, Pricing, Sales Assumptions and Forecast

Operations- July 6, 2017
Equipment, Supplies, Personnel, Inventory, All Costs

Financials- July 13, 2017
Cash Flow, Income Statement and Balance Sheet

Exec. Summary, Appendices, Wrap up- July 20, 2017

*Tentative schedule- subject to change

Applying to the Program
Interested applicants should complete the registration form and they will be notified of their acceptance after a review of their information.

This program has been made possible through our partnership with our gold sponsor, Grand Bank, N.A. and silver sponsors New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation, Saul Ewing, LLP., and Wilkin & Guttenplan PC who share our vision of helping foster veterans’ personal and professional growth through entrepreneurial training.

For further information please contact:
Kyle Anacker
[email protected]

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