1 VET AT A TIME Returns from the UConn EBV Program

Lynn Lowder, CEO, and Marti Stiteler, COO, recently returned from Hartford, CT where they attended the last three (3) days of UConn School of Business’ 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program.  It has been a resounding success year after year, principally due to the leadership of its Director, Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (Ret.).  Mike is a disabled combat veteran and author of a book entitled “The Ragged Edge” (www.theraggededgebook.com).  He and his staff did a superb job, bringing much expertise to bear from a multitude of relevant and practical sources, all designed to help disabled, entrepreneurial veterans become successful small business owner-operators.  The caliber of veteran students was varied by branch of service, rank, age, experience and type of business each student was pursuing.  Abundantly evident was the individual veteran’s heartfelt desire to learn, their motivation to become successful, their spirit of assisting each other and their desire to “pay it forward” by hiring and mentoring other veterans.  In addition to his leadership in the UConn EBV program, Mike Zacchea is the Executive Director of the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce (http://www.usvcc.org/), an IRS 501(c)(6) organization (application pending).  This visionary concept is a membership-based organization that connects corporate, government and small businesses to our nation’s veterans.  1 VET AT A TIME, as well as many other veteran-oriented organizations, are looking forward with great interest to the development and growth of the USVCC.