Phil Thomas and Ed Brzychcy tapped to lead innovative veterans entrepreneurship training pilot for VetToCEO & VFW Post 1093
Online PR News – 05-December-2016 – Ipswich, MA – VFW Post 1093 and VetToCEO.org announced today that Phil Thomas and Ed Brzychcy will lead the pilot session of veterans entrepreneurship training which will launch January 11th at the Ipswich VFW Post.
Phillip C. Thomas, founder and CEO of consulting firm Boston Business Group is a Navy Veteran who spent eight years as an intelligence officer. His subsequent business career includes 25+ years of high tech business leadership experience as a public and private company CEO, Phil has experienced many of the challenges inherent in navigating the difficult process of creating, growing, and sustaining a profitable enterprise. His business experience includes serving as the CEO and Founder of several successful high tech firms as well as CEO level leadership at a number of public companies. During his career, he was twice a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Edward Brzychcy is a former Army SSG and Infantry squad leader with multiple War on Terror combat deployments. After medical retirement he earned an Entrepreneurial MBA from the highly respected Babson program, and launched the B2B consulting firm Blue Cord Management.
"We're really excited to have Ed and Phil on board for our January program," commented John Panaccione, co-founder of VetToCEO. "Their combined business experience and entrepreneurial acumen will transform our standard seven module program into a dynamic, interactive entrepreneurship learning environment for our participants."
The seven module program guides military veterans through the process of developing a fundable business plan and provides perspective to help them in comparing start-up, franchise and business acquisition approaches to entrepreneurship. Ideally suited for transitioning veterans considering options, the proven VetToCEO program also includes relationships with business funding sources and advisors.
Phil Thomas said, "Veterans bring so many soft and hard skills to business, I'm thrilled to be part of this program which will help these brave men and women transition into civilian careers with the business skills which will let them create their own success."
"As a Post 9/11 Vet and entrepreneur myself, I understand the uncertainty of transition and employment," added Ed Brzychcy. "For vets weighing traditional employment vs. entrepreneurship, this program will help them decide – and for those that opt for entrepreneurship, they'll have the tools required to not only empower their own livelihood, but also create jobs for vets who transition after them."
Veterans who live in Massachusetts north of Boston and in Southern NH can learn more at http://www.vettoceo.org/veteran-entrepreneurship-training-in-person-at-ipswich-ma-vfw-post-1093 and register for a limited number of positions in the VetToCEO program at http://www.vettoceo.org/registration-for-veterans-entrepreneurship-training-at-ipswich-ma-vfw-post-1093. The class which will be held weekly at Ipswich VFW Post 1093 on Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30pm, from January 11th through March 8th, 2017. (March 1st will be open for individual preparation.) Participants will pitch their plans to a panel of judges on March 8th, competing for cash prizes to support their business launch. Dinner will be provided at each session and limited childcare may be available through the collaboration of VFW Post 1093 and the Ipswich Family YMCA under the North Shore Veterans Collaborative.
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Ed Marsh to discuss possibilities.
About VFW Post 109: Founded in 1946, VFW Post 1093 active members live in Ipswich and a number of towns on the North Shore while participating members live throughout the US. We are a charter member of the North Shore Veterans Collaborative, and our membership includes veterans of most conflicts since WWII. The NSVC and our community participation is built on a unique partnership with the YMCA of the Northshore. The VFW is physically co-located with the Ipswich Family YMCA and energetically innovates programs to support the Ipswich community as well as veterans and their families in New England and beyond. Our members joined the military for the opportunity to serve, and they join our post to continue that service in meaningful ways and to foster the comradeship which so many cherished during their time in the service. New members are welcome.
About VetToCEO: VetToCEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports veterans and transitioning military members to succeed in business ownership. Our entrepreneurial community, with its training resources and guidance, assists veterans in leveraging their skills to start or buy a business and run it successfully. The VetToCEO programs are designed and facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs who are also veterans, exclusively for veterans of all branches. We offer the program free of charge to qualified/verified members of the military and veterans. We fund our programs through the generosity of leading corporations, grants, and individuals who have a passion for helping veterans.