Forum Drafts Military Vets into Entrepreneurship

Posted November 18, 2015 by The Argonaut in News
The Loyola Marymount College of Business and Administration is teaming up with the nonprofit Global Business Incubation Inc. to offer free entrepreneurship training for military veterans looking to find their feet as civilians.

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 for more information.

— Bethney Bonilla


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