LSU’s Third Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Graduates 19 “Vetrepreneurs”

04/03/2014 03:05 PM

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, or SEI, graduated its third class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at LSU program, or EBV, on March 14.


The graduates are:

  • Joyce Adkins, USAF, of Virginia
  • Robert Burke, Army, of New York
  • Reginald Butler, USN, of Maryland
  • Emmanuel Byron, Army, of North Carolina
  • Lisa DeVore, USAF, of Colorado
  • Thomas Hardy Jr., USMC, of Oklahoma
  • April Roberts-Holland, USN, of Mississippi
  • Sara Creech, USAF, of Indiana
  • Alicia Farr Ranney, Army, of Indiana
  • Jason Lehr, USMC, of Missouri
  • Justin Loop, USN, of Texas
  • Joseph Lowry III, Army, of New York
  • Donald McFall, USN, of Virginia
  • Jenny Perez-Strickland, Army, of Louisiana
  • Henry Polee Jr., Army, of Maryland
  • Sherri Schenkel, Army, of Ohio
  • James Spradlin, USAF, of Florida
  • Dwana Lorraine Thomas-Palmer, USN, of Mississippi
  • Brian Truitt, Army, of Oklahoma


EBV at LSU offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who were disabled as a result of their service supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


The week long residency phase of the program, held March 7-15, followed a three week online phase, in which the veterans laid out a blueprint of their business plans and began to learn the entrepreneurial process. The residency portion of the program covers topics such as entrepreneurial strategy, protecting your intellectual property, branding and effective presentations, and legal issues in small business.


“We are very proud of our 19 graduates and are confident that they have the skills and support system to achieve their entrepreneurial goals,” said EBV at LSU Director Robin Kistler. “This program is one of the most fulfilling that we have the opportunity to be a part of, and we are thrilled to have had such an engaged and talented group of veterans in our 2014 class.”


As a result of the generous support of the EBV Foundation and the private giving of individuals and corporations, veterans accepted to the EBV attend the program for free.


EBV at LSU 2014 graduate Henry Polee Jr., said, “It was an awesome experience. I enjoyed the lectures and camaraderie established between the students and staff which enhanced the experience. The program strengthened the areas where I was weak or unsure of prior to the program. It provided me with the requisite knowledge and confidence to pursue my dream of owning a business.”


The EBV was first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. In 2008, the EBV Consortium of Schools was launched, a national partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University's College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. In 2009, The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and the University of Connecticut School of Business joined the consortium. The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business joined the consortium in 2010, and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University joined in 2011.


More information on the nation-wide EBV program can be found at Details specific to the EBV at LSU program, including information on donation opportunities, can be found at

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014