Oklahoma State University looks to expand veterans entrepreneurship program

Oklahoma State University's Disabled Veterans Entrepreneurship Program wraps up this week, and officials at the university's Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and the Spears School of Business are looking for ways to bring more veterans into the program.
by Silas Allen Modified: February 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

Next year, Tush said, the school hopes to open the program up to more participants. University officials also are working with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Business to start a similar program there, he said.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Eric Bashaw is one of this year's participants. Bashaw, who works a civilian job as a cable splicer at Camp Pendleton, Calif., hopes to start a communications company of his own in the next few years.

Bashaw said the program has given him a better indication of how to turn that idea into a viable business. In the past, when he's spoken to business owners about how to launch a company, they've been reluctant to give him much information.

“It's kind of smoke and mirrors,” he said.

But the speakers and other participants in the program have all been willing to share even the minutest details, Bashaw said. The fact that all the participants in the program share a military background makes it easier to communicate, he said.

“We're generally all trying to go in the same direction,” he said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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