EBV Foundation Receives $1 Million as part of
Walmart and Sam’s Club’s Military Family
April 12, 2011 – As part of Walmart’s continued commitment to veterans, the Walmart Foundation announced today a $1 million grant to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities’ (EBV) Foundation in support of the EBV and EBV-Families (EBV-F) programs. The grant is part of Walmart and Sam’s Club’s Military Family Promise, a five-year, $10 million commitment to support military and veteran employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
“With our presence in communities across the U.S., we are in a unique position to make a difference on issues that matter most to the military and veteran communities. We know an underserved, yet critical, need is access to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for military spouses and those returning home from duty,” said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
The EBV program, founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, is a novel and ‘one-of-a-kind’ initiative aimed to open the door to economic opportunity through entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities. The EBV program is delivered by a network of world-class business schools that, in addition to Syracuse University, includes Texas A&M University, Purdue University, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Florida State University, and Louisiana State University.
Walmart’s $1 million commitment to the EBV Foundation will support the on-going development of both the EBV and EBV-F programs at seven major university partners, as wells as facilitate the expansion of the program to additional schools, increasing the EBV program capacity by 30 percent and doubling the capacity of the EBV-F program.
“I have witnessed time and again the powerful and meaningful way that business ownership empowers people to change their lives, their communities, and ultimately make us a stronger nation. The EBV program represents a path by which our veterans and their families can access that dream. We are thrilled that as a result of the announcements made today, more veterans and military family members will have the opportunity to take part in the EBV program,” said Mike Haynie, Founder and National Executive Director of EBV Programs, Barnes Fellow and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School.
“The EBV Foundation and EBV program are incredibly fortunate to have the support of the Walmart Foundation. This commitment from Walmart will allow this extraordinary program to continue to grow and invest in the future of our disabled veterans and their families. The support from our major corporate sponsors, Walmart and PepsiCo, allows us to give back to so many men and women that have sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Ted Lachowicz, President and Founder of the EBV Foundation.
More than 300 wounded warriors and military family members have graduated from the EBV and EBV-F programs since 2007. The cohort of EBV graduates is responsible for the creation of more than 150 new, small businesses. The EBV and EBV-F programs continue to be offered without any cost to our veterans with disabilities and military family members.
About The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Foundation
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Foundation, established in 2009, works in conjunction with the EBV program to raise and provide funds to the EBV consortium of schools, provide mentors to participating veterans, assist in the development of graduated EBV businesses, and help provide seed capital to veterans to start their business. The EBV Foundation is an authorized 501 (c) 3 private foundation. For more information, please visit www.ebvfoundation.org.
PepsiCo and Waste Management Celebrate Earth
Day with Announcement of Multi-year Partnership
Designed to Improve On-the-Go Recycling
Keep America Beautiful to provide nationwide network of local affiliates
Dream Machines recycling kiosks that reward users to be placed in high traffic areas
With each bottle and can recycled in a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will support career training, education and job creation for returning U.S. veterans with disabilities
Purchase, NY - April 22, 2010 - PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) and Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM), today announced a multi-year partnership in support of the Dream Machine recycling initiative designed around PepsiCo's goal of increasing the U.S. beverage container recycling rate from 34 percent to 50 percent by 2018. Dream Machine kiosks are computerized receptacles that include a personal reward system that allows consumers to collect and redeem points for each bottle or can they recycle in the kiosk.
The program also intends to provide funding to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a national program offering free, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities. The more that people recycle bottles and cans in a Dream Machine, the more support PepsiCo can provide EBV for career training, education and job creation. The relationship with EBV is a natural extension of PepsiCo's current partnership with American Corporate Partners, a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to private enterprise.
PepsiCo leads the industry by incorporating 10 percent recycled plastic in soft drink containers in the U.S. Currently, less than a third of plastic beverage containers are being recycled each year and only 12 percent of public spaces are equipped with recycling receptaclesi, illustrating a clear need for greater public access to recycling bins. The Dream Machine recycling initiative will introduce thousands of new recycling kiosks in popular public venues such as gas stations, stadiums, and public parks to make it more convenient and rewarding for consumers to recycle on the go. In addition to over fifty machines being rolled out in Southern California, Rite Aid is set to be one of the first national retailers to sign on to the program, starting with 150 kiosks in their North Carolina locations. PepsiCo has also entered into a partnership with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) to encourage community involvement in the program by engaging nearly 600 local KAB affiliate organizations in communities nationwide.
The Dream Machines will be provided by GreenOps, LLC, a subsidiary of Waste Management, and operated by Greenopolis, the first interactive recycling system that brings together online and on street technologies and rewards people for recycling their beverage containers in kiosks by allowing them to receive awards when they visit www.greenopolis.com.
"It takes only a small change in behavior to make a big difference for our planet. If every household in the U.S. recycled just three more plastic bottles a month, we could divert more than 23 million pounds of plastic from our landfills each month and increase the amount of recycled plastic used to manufacture new bottles," said Jeremy Cage, PepsiCo and Head of the Dream Machine recycling initiative. "We've built in emotional and material rewards, including support of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), to help motivate people who do not actively recycle to join the movement."
The multi-year agreement with Waste Management is unique in that it enables the local capture and recycling of PET and Aluminum, using both technology enabled and non-technology enabled Dream Machines.
"As the largest recycler in North America, we know that convenience is key to increasing capture rates of recyclable materials, especially in public spaces," said David Aardsma, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Waste Management. "Our investment in innovative recycling technologies like GreenOps furthers our goal of providing customers with cost-efficient, environmental solutions and improving recycling rates across the country."
To learn more about the Dream Machine, please visit www.facebook.com/DreamMachine.
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade - also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.
About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.
Greenopolis LLC, is a subsidiary of Waste Management. Greenopolis.com is the first interactive community that connects the online conversation about recycling and resource management with opportunities to track the products that consumers use and recycle through recycling kiosks located in public venues and other on the go locations. Through Greenopolis, environmentally responsible individuals can earn rewards for recycling and resource-conscious companies can better understand the lifecycle of their products.
"Rethink. Recycle. Reward. Closing the Loop Together." For more information: www.greenopolis.com.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that prevent litter, reduce waste, increase recycling, and create greener public spaces. To learn more, visit www.kab.org.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a program first created by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, designed to provide training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service. The mission of the EBV is to open the door to business ownership for our veterans, by developing skills that relate to the many steps associated with launching and growing a small business. Today the EBV is offered by a network of world-class business schools across the U.S., that includes Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Florida State University, UCLA, Purdue University, and the University of Connecticut. The training is provided at no cost to eligible veterans.
About American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners is a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to private enterprise through career counseling and networking with professionals from some of America's finest corporations. Please visit www.acp-usa.org to learn more about the American Corporate Partners program.
EBV Expands to Include Coast Guard Veterans
December 17, 2009
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) today announced an expansion of its services to include veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard, who have been identified as having a service-connected disability as a result of their support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. The EBV, created by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007, is a program designed to offer world-class training in small business and entrepreneurship to post-9/11 military veterans with disabilities.
"The Coast Guard is an integral component of U.S. military operations in Iraq, and other locations around the world," says Mike Haynie, director and creator of the EBV and assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the Whitman School. "It is an all too common misconception that Coast Guard operations are confined to the U.S. In fact, Coast Guard personnel often stand side-by-side with other U.S. military members in combat, and supporting combat operations around the world. At the height of the current conflict, the Coast Guard deployed 1,200 men and women to the combat theater to conduct coastal-security patrols. Being able to offer small business training to members of the Coast Guard who have been disabled as a result of their service is an important way to create a path toward economic independence and vitality for these veterans and their families."
Six nationally recognized business schools in the U.S. offer the EBV on an annual basis, including The Whitman School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Florida State University's College of Business, The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and the University of Connecticut School of Business. The six schools form the EBV Consortium of Schools. Each university offers cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities, with the ultimate goal of small business creation and growth by the veteran. Through the EBV program, the veterans learn a range of business skills, including accounting, human resources, supply chain, operations, strategy, and more from world-class faculty, entrepreneurs, disability experts and business professionals. The program is entirely free, including travel and accommodations.
The EBV program is offered in three phases: a self-study session in which the veterans complete courses through online discussions moderated by university faculty; an on-campus immersion where the veterans learn to develop their own business concepts; and 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship provided to the veterans from the faculty experts at the EBV universities. Throughout the EBV experience, students engage in experimental workshops to write business plans, raise capital, attract customers, and develop a marketing strategy that is most effective for their business model.
For more information, visit www.whitman.syr.edu/ebv. Media queries can be directed to Amy Schmitz, Whitman director of communications, at (315) 443-3834 or email@example.com.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with
Disabilities Expands Reach to Assist More Veterans
Expansion includes additional university, new program,
and increased financial support
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) today announces three major initiatives that will significantly expand the reach and impact of the EBV to assist in rebuilding the lives and economic potentials of U.S. veterans with disabilities. The initiatives include:
- The addition of University of Connecticut School of Business to the EBV Consortium, which also includes the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, Mays Business School at Texas A&M, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University's College of Business, and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
- A three-year $450,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development to help grow the EBV nationwide and maximize the availability, applicability, and usability of small business programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors.
- The launch of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans' Families, a pilot program that will offer training in small business creation and management for select caregivers of veterans with disabilities.
"Since 2001, wounded U.S. soldiers have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq with fewer opportunities in the workplace; this unfortunate reality has been compounded in the last year by the recession," says Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School of Management and a former Vietnam War-era Army captain. "The Whitman School launched the EBV in 2007 as a step towards providing these veterans with the skills and knowledge to create their own opportunities, support their families, and to re-engage the economic engines of their communities. The three initiatives announced today greatly enhance the abilities of the EBV Consortium to give back to veterans and military families who have given so much in service to our country."
The six schools that comprise the EBV Consortium each annually host up to 25 veterans with disabilities for cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small business management with the ultimate goal of small business creation and growth by the veteran. The veterans, who have all served post-9/11 in Afghanistan or Iraq, learn a range of business skills, including accounting, human resources, supply chain, operations, strategy, and more from world-class faculty, entrepreneurs, disability experts and business professionals. The program is entirely free, including travel and accommodations.
The EBV program is offered in three phases:
- a self-study session in which the veterans complete courses through online discussions moderated by university faculty;
- an on-campus immersion where the veterans learn to develop their own business concepts;
- and 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship provided to the veterans from the faculty experts at the EBV universities.
Throughout the EBV experience, students engage in experimental workshops to write business plans, raise capital, attract customers, and develop a marketing strategy that is most effective for their business model.
To create disability-related curriculum and assist participants in understanding and leveraging programs at the intersection of disability and entrepreneurship, the EBV is offered in collaboration with SU's Burton Blatt Institute, which seeks to advances the civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities.
For more information, visit www.whitman.syr.edu/ebv. Media queries can be directed to Amy Schmitz, Whitman director of communications, at (315) 443-3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.