Veterans Business Outreach Center Opens In University Village
Rep. Glenn Nye joined Old Dominion officials at the opening of the Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) on June 21.
The center, which offers entrepreneurial development services to military veterans and reservists, is the newest unit within ODU’s innovative Business Gateway initiative. It also builds on the strong partnership between the university and the military, a relationship ODU President John R. Broderick said stretches all the way back to World War II.
“We now have 24,000 students at ODU, and we estimate somewhere between 20 and 25 percent of them are in some way connected to the military,” he said. “The Veterans Business Outreach Center is just another way for ODU to show its commitment to the military in Hampton Roads.”
Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the only such center in Virginia, the VBOC will provide outreach, assessment, long- and short-term business training, counseling, electronic and online assistance, and other technical assistance to veterans and U.S. military reserve-component business owners and entrepreneurs.
Nye, the Virginia Beach Democrat who has been a strong supporter of military veterans, said anyone growing up in Hampton Roads realizes the importance of the military to life in the region.
The VBOC is housed at Innovation Research Park @ ODU, which is also home to the ODU Business Gateway, a business-friendly entry point to the intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of the university.