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The enrollment deadline is Sept. 7 for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s next “Veterans Launching Ventures” class, a certificate program for veterans or active-duty military members and their families looking for expert guidance on how to start or grow a business.

The free 9-session certificate course, which begins Sept. 21 and runs through Nov. 16, features evening workshops held between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. either online or at FDU’s Madison or Teaneck campuses, depending on demand. Each veteran is matched during the first workshop with a successful entrepreneur who serves as the student’s personal consultant throughout the course and for up to 10 months after graduation.

Course instructors teach veterans the fundamental entrepreneurial skills they need to succeed in today’s business environment, including how to develop a comprehensive business plan, make financial projections, build a robust marketing plan, fundraising strategies and more. Prior to the graduation ceremony, students present their final business plans to faculty and the consultants.

This course is open to veterans and active-duty servicepersons from all U.S. military branches. FDU also accepts applications from the spouse or children of U.S. veterans. Class size is limited to 50 students.

Veterans Launching Ventures is offered by the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part of Silberman College of Business of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Funding is provided by Bank of America, Hyde & Watson Foundation, Jesra Foundation, SCORE and TD Charitable Foundation so that the course is free to all who successfully complete the requirements.

To learn more about Veterans Launching Ventures, go to FDU’s website here.