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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

To apply to the EBV program, click here.

How much does it cost?

The program is offered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities that demonstrate a passion for small business ownership.


  • We will have air travelers and drivers to the Purdue EBV program.
  • Our team will work with delegates to arrange flights, provide directions and parking passes, and discuss reimbursements.
  • Shuttles will be provided from the airport to the hotels and various events.
  • Drivers will be provided parking passes and will be expected to ride the shuttles once on the Purdue campus.

Will there be accommodations for my disability or dietary requests?

Yes, we will have you describe your accomodation request prior to your arrival.

Why are two letters of reccommendation required? Who should these letters come from?

We are seeking applicants who demonstrate drive and determination in their approach to life and work. Letters of recommendation from current or former co-workers, commanders, supervisors, counselors, etc., help us make such an assessment. Letters of recommendation from family members are discouraged.

Do I need to have a college degree, or have taken some college courses, to attend?

No. The EBV is program designed to be accessible to anyone with a passion for becoming a business owner, regardless of prior educational experiences.

What are the differences between EBV and EBV-F?

The EBV program, because it is specifically for the veteran, includes specific training on government contracting issues related to vets, training on how to maximize benefits, and other special veterans’ programs to help launch and grow the business. This content is not included as much in the EBV-F program, but it is replaced with training focused on family issues, caregiver issues and work-life balance issues related to being a business owner.

Are active-duty service members currently stationed in a WTU or Wounded Warrior Battalion eligible for the program?

Yes. In-place of a VA disability rating, a letter on command letterhead stating a service member is currently stationed in a Wounded Warrior Battalion or a WTU will suffice.

Does this program require use of VOC-Rehab benefits?

No. EBV does not require the use up any VOC-Rehab benefits.

Does this program require use of GI Bill benefits?

No, this program does not use up any GI Bill benefits.

Are members of the National Guard and Reserves eligible for the program?

Yes. The only qualifications to be eligible for the program are a service-connected disability, military service post-9/11, and a passion for starting your own business.

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