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Important to recognize that others are leveraging education.
Is your country's education system teaching future skills?
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"Last month, the Department of Education released a proposal to address the explosion of forced arbitration clauses used by the for-profit college industry. Many for-profit schools have profited mightily from federal aid while lying to students about their educational services and job prospects, yet these schools have successfully shielded themselves from accountability after driving students into debt for a worthless degree. As the department recognized in a statement, schools use forced arbitration to “effectively prevent students from seeking redress for harm caused by their school and hide wrongdoing from the Department and the public.” The Department must live up to its commitment to put an end to schools using fine print to trap students into signing away their rights."
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Veterans are successful entrepreneurs at rates that exceed those who have never served: The economy of the United States depends on small business and veterans are delivering by James Schmeling, Co-Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Managing Director, Programming

Read my full Voices blog from today at http://vets.syr.edu/veterans-are-successful-entrepreneurs-at-rates-that-exceed-those-who-have-never-served/ - excerpt below:

At the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), we’ve focused on veteran and family entrepreneurship and small business ownership for more than eight years. We know this is a career path that resonates with veterans and their families for many reasons. And Census data, analyzed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and others regularly, demonstrates that veterans are successful entrepreneurs at rates that exceed those who have never served, and that this has been the case going all the way back to World War II-era veterans. Now, with the 2012 data newly released, we see women veteran entrepreneurs increasing at amazing rates, growing from less than 100,000 women veteran owned businesses in 2007 to nearly 400,000 in 2012. The economy of the United States depends on small business and veterans are delivering.

National Veterans Small Business Week (Nov. 2-6) is an opportunity to call attention to our nation’s veteran and family business owners, the programs and services available to them, their successes and contributions to our economy, and the difference they can make through business ownership in their communities, for their employees, and for those they provide products and services to everyday.
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“The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is proud to be a part of Walmart’s campaign to Greenlight A Vet in support of those who have served in the military and their families,” said Dr. Mike Haynie, Executive Director of the IVMF and Vice Chancellor at Syracuse University. “Participating in a national movement, designed to recognize those who have worn our nation’s uniform as valued, contributing members of our communities, is our way of encouraging all Americans to meaningfully engage with veterans and their families and by so doing, appreciate them as respected civic assets.”

“By uniting behind a visible symbol, we can ignite a national conversation in our communities about opportunity, success and service for veterans as they take off the uniform,” said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs.
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My most recent post on academic intrapreneurship, academia's loss to Uber. 
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Veterans Day of Service - please share with the Washington DC area veterans you know! "Deloitte, in collaboration with The National Veterans Center (NVC), invites you to join us during our 15th annual IMPACT Day, where veterans, students, government leaders, and industry professionals will come together for a day of career workshops, community service, and network-building."
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Very proud of the work we do with Walmart! 
Walmart, a long-time supporter of entrepreneurship programs with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, announced the next step in its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment and will guarantee job offers to even more transitioning troops. Read more about Walmart's efforts to support veterans and military families at the link below. Of particular note related to veteran and military family entrepreneurs and programs such as Operation Boots to Business, Veteran Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: 

"Walmart is also extending its support for transitioning military members and their families beyond the company’s operations and is leveraging the size and scale of its supply chain to further support programs that provide training, education and economic opportunity.

- Coalition for Veteran Owned Business: On May 5, Walmart participated in the launch of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, which will work to create opportunities for veteran and military-family owned businesses with American businesses and supply chains.

- Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call: Walmart is also specifically encouraging military and veteran-owned businesses to apply for its annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call to be held July 7-8, 2015 in Bentonville, Ark. The summit and open call will provide an opportunity to meet with Walmart’s buyers and facilitate meetings for current and potential suppliers with key state economic development officials.
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“Citi is committed to empowering transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and their families,” said Suni Harford, Citi’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. “The Realizing Your Dream competition is an opportunity to offer participants the support they need to become successful entrepreneurs.”

+Institute for Veterans and Military Families 
+Small Business Administration 
+Citi 

Read more at http://vets.syr.edu/semifinalists-announced-in-realizing-your-dream-business-competition-for-veteran-entrepreneurs/#dryKQB81glylSdPT.99
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Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter answers 'Why partner with Syracuse University?'
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