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The Task Force for Veterans’ Entrepreneurship (formerly Task Force, now known as VET-Force) was organized in early 1999 to advocate for the development and passage of Public Law 106-50, the Veterans’ Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999, wherein Congress recognized the United States must provide additional assistance to veterans, particularly service-disabled veterans, with creating and expanding their own small businesses, thereby assisting them to “realize the American dream that they fought so hard to protect.”

Our Vision

VET-Force advocates for the support of America’s service disabled and other Veteran owned entrepreneurial enterprises, as one way for Veterans to provide economic security and prosperity for their families and for the communities they live in.

Our Values

VET-Force supports the following enduring values and ideas:

  •  American entrepreneurship is the backbone of the US economy. Creative and dynamic economic development requires the individual rights and freedoms that veterans have fought to protect for over two centuries.
  • Manage Veteran owned businesses with honesty and integrity.
  • Whenever possible hire Veterans as contractors or employees Support and promote the efforts of younger Veterans to start and grow SMEs
  • Whenever possible, mentor younger Veterans in their efforts to compete for public and private sector contracting as provided for by PL 106-50
  • SME development is our free market system for a more equitable division of our country’s GDP

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Entreprenurship for Transitioning Warriors

What Makes VeteranCEO Unique?

Unlike traditional entrepreneurship programs that are geared toward general audiences and taught in classrooms, VeteranCEO’s Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors program is offered online through its Veteran Entrepreneur Community Portal and is specifically tailored to transitioning veterans using best practice models, frameworks and tools for exploring entrepreneurship, managing transitions and starting a new business.

Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc. is the country’s first business accelerator designed specifically for the needs of Veterans in entrepreneurial endeavors. Based in Milwaukee, WI, VETransfer serves local Veterans at their physical accelerator facility, and makes services available to Veterans worldwide through a virtual business accelerator. VETransfer has been launched and funded as a two-year pilot project through the Department of Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) to assist Veterans in the transferal of military skills to private sector entrepreneurship. The program offers support throughout the entire process of building a business, from planning and ideation to testing and raising capital. Mentoring services include, but are not limited to the following areas: executive management, marketing and sales, operations, project management, finance and accounting, and information technology. Interested parties are required to submit a business model plan that describes their business idea or the current state of business.

Veterans are invited to apply to VETransfer. Each company will be evaluated based upon its concept or current state of business. In an initial screening interview with the VETransfer executive management team, the Veteran’s current understanding of business operations and the feasibility of the business idea will be reviewed. After being incorporated into the program, Veterans will undergo a rigorous entrepreneurship training program to arm them with the tools necessary to create and scale their business. The VETransfer team also provides channels for Veteran entrepreneurs to access the capital necessary to launch or grow their business, as well as an established platform for media and public relations.

The year-old "Creativity Works Here" initiative at the Shops of Grand Avenue continues to grow.

By Kathleen Gallagher of the Journal Sentinel

April 18, 2012, 

A fast-growing nonprofit that was the first non-retail tenant at the Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee plans to move out of its 15,000-square-foot space there.will move later this month into more than 20,000 square feet in the Old Blatz Wash House on Market St. near City Hall in Milwaukee.

Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer Inc., known as VETransfer executives say they are making the move after a year at Grand Avenue because they want office space that is built out more than the former Old Navy space the organization occupies at the mall.

Florsheim Investments LLC, property manager for the new space, is creating more discrete offices and training rooms and adding new carpeting and kitchen facilities, said Greg Meier, a VETransfer director.

VETransfer formed about a year ago when it received a two-year, $3.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The group originally proposed helping veterans start or expand 22 businesses in its first year. VETransfer instead has served 275 veteran-owned businesses - about 160 of them in Wisconsin, said Ted Lasser, the group's executive director.

Grand Avenue "was a great place to launch, but we're no longer a start-up, we're in the accelerator stage," Lasser said.

Grand Avenue has leased space in the Plankinton Arcade portion of the mall to VETransfer, Spreenkler design and technology agency, Milwaukee Public Theater and other nonprofit groups in the last year.

The mall's year-old "Creativity Works Here" initiative continues to grow, and has added five tenants since the beginning of the year, Tracy Korpela, the on-site leasing manager, said in a statement. Those tenants are: Milwaukee Pulse; the Milwaukee Community Bicycle Project; Fresh Healthy Eatery & Juice Bar; Milwaukee Comedy Festival; and Pink Banana Theatre.

"The Plankinton building has become a highly desirable destination for creative office space and several parties have already expressed interest for that spot," Korpela said.


University of Wisconsin Madison - College of Engineering

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In the College of Engineering, innovation is at the very core of our teaching and research culture and continues to produce benefits for the Wisconsin economy and beyond. Our entrepreneurial faculty and staff conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary research in myriad fields, including energy, the environment, nanotechnology, healthcare and medicine, among many others. Based on their research, College of Engineering faculty and staff have logged more than 100 patent disclosures annually for the past decade. In the 2009-2010 academic year, engineering patent disclosures accounted for nearly one-third of all UW-Madison disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the university’s technology-transfer organization.

2009IDayProactiveSleepSchoofs1Faculty and staff aren’t the only innovators on campus. In fact, many of our students have invented products and founded companies based on their inventions. We approach innovation as a talent that can be taught and developed in students.

In the College of Engineering and throughout the university, students can take advantage of many opportunities to develop as inventors and hone their business savvy. These opportunities range from free lectures, for-credit courses and certificate programs to competitions that yield prizes of as much as $50,000—plus access to resources such as entrepreneurial mentors, a small-business development center, investment networks, and patenting assistance. Read about some of the people and programs that drive our entrepreneurial campus culture.



National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Moves Entrepreneurship Forward by Engaging Community Colleges to Join New Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum 

Springfield, MA – May 17, 2012 -- The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that seven Wisconsin community colleges have joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. 

With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 170 community colleges throughout the country have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve. 

Wisconsin community college presidents joining the forum are: Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton; Jeffrey Rafn, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, serving Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay; Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College, Wausau; Bettsey Barhorst, Madison Area Technical College, Madison; Barbara Prindiville, Waukesha County Technical College, serving Waukesha and Pewaukee; Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College, serving Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and West Bend; and Duane Ford, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore. 

About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum 

The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders. 

According to NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who join the Forum make five commitments: 

• Develop transparency of community college and community assets

• Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship 

• Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges 

• Engage in industry cluster development 

• Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship. 

“The five commitments were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle. “After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. “One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship. “The initiative is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.

Accenture and Kaufman Foundation Announce Couses to Equip U.S. Military Veterans with Skills in Entrepreneurship

Kansas City, Mo., (March 6, 2012) – Accenture and Kauffman FastTrac announced today that they are offering two 10-week classes to veterans interested in starting and growing their own companies. The courses, developed by FastTrac with support from Accenture, are designed to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce.

Accenture recently awarded Kauffman FastTrac a grant of nearly $250,000 to help equip veterans with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce. The grant includes training implementation and development of supplemental course materials specifically aimed at veterans. Accenture employees will also help facilitate classes alongside FastTrac-certified instructors who are both veterans and experienced entrepreneurs. The initiative reflects Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

"Military professionals are known for their strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and ability to succeed in a challenging environment, exemplifying many of the same core values we live at Accenture," said Michael D. Scimo, managing director, Accenture US Human Capital & Diversity. "By working with Kauffman FastTrac, we hope to help military men and women take the valuable skills they gained in the service and support them as they start their own businesses."

The FastTrac curriculum is tailored specifically for veterans seeking to start a new business or expand an existing company. The two classroom-based courses offered include:

  • FastTrac® NewVenture,™ which helps aspiring entrepreneurs determine the viability of their business concepts and enables them to engineer a plan to successfully launch their companies.
  • FastTrac® GrowthVenture,™ which provides the tools and support to evaluate important aspects of existing businesses, explore next stage growth and opportunities, and reshape companies for future profitability and improved performance.

"Through this initiative, Accenture and Kauffman FastTrac are equipping veterans with the skills to create their own jobs through entrepreneurship," said Alana Muller, president of Kauffman FastTrac. "Through delivery of FastTrac courseware, we will help to bolster their ability to start and grow successful firms by providing them with additional resources and relevant, immediately useful information.  The skills and experience our veterans possess – leadership attributes as well as the ability to manage risk and build teams – are strong assets to create and build businesses."

Courses will be offered in seven cities across the United States: Atlanta; Fayetteville and Jacksonville, NC; Houston; Kansas City; San Diego and Washington D.C. In addition, online courses will be available to interested U.S. military veterans.

For more information about the FastTrac veterans initiative, please visit

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 244,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.  Its home page is

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