Forum Drafts Military Vets into Entrepreneurship
The Emerald Veterans Business Summit, taking place on campus Friday and Saturday, includes breakout business sessions as well as talks by entrepreneurs, retired military officers and staff from the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department.
“We are focused on developing a manufacturing consortium and technical institute that will provide resources, training and employment to incubate 10 collective clusters of 200 passionate veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Global Business Incubation (GBI) President Tonia McDonald.
A nonprofit established by LMU’s business school in 1991, GBI offers a team-structured support network to play toward the strengths of those coming out of the military, McDonald said.
The dedications and leadership qualities of veterans “are what is needed in today’s society and economy,” she said.
The summit takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 at LMU’s Conrad Hilton Center for Business. Visit globalbusinessincubation.com for more information.
— Bethney Bonilla