Another Initiative Serving Veterans and Military Families Operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
V-WISE | Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship


Welcome to V-WISE!

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture. The three-phases of the program include a 15-day online course (Phase I), 3-day entrepreneurship training event (Phase II), and ongoing mentorship, training and support opportunities for graduates launching or growing their business (Phase III).

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Yari Chiro, founder of design dearly, is not only a small business owner, but also a member and military spouse of the U.S. Army. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Yari completed a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability. After marrying her husband and being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Yari rediscovered her passion for the creative arts. This realization drove her to enroll in an interior design M.A. program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, ultimately leading to her to her dreams of starting her own interior design business.

Yari chose to attend V-WISE on the recommendation of another military spouse. Her curiosity to meet other veterans and military spouses and her desire to obtain the information and resources needed to start a small business were the building blocks for her entrepreneurial success. Turning her hobby into a career has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Yari, and her experience at V-WISE has “inspired [her] to embrace this journey with a firmer and stronger pace.”

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Dates/Locations for 2017 to be announced soon!

V-WISE is open to all women veterans, active duty female service members and female partners/spouses of active service members and veterans who share the goal of launching and growing a sustainable business venture. Are you bold enough to make it happen?

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…of program participants reported high satisfaction ratings regarding V-WISE content, instructors, guest speakers and staff.


…of V-WISE graduates have launched a new venture, or report a positive impact of the program related to growing an existing venture.


…of program participants reported their overall experience at the V-WISE conference to be positively related to their business needs.


…of program participants reported the V-WISE online courses to be useful and appropriate for their needs.

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The 3 Phases of V-WISE

Phase 1 - Online

Phase I of the V-WISE program is a 15-day online learning experience designed to teach participants the “language of business,” how to understand opportunity recognition as it relates to growing a sustainable venture, and present actionable strategies related to new venture creation.

Phase 2 - Conference

The conference phase of the V-WISE experience is a three-day training offered to cohorts of 200 women at locations across the country.  Participants must complete Phase I before attending Phase II.

The conference includes more than 20 distinct modules of training (representing over 40 hours of coursework!) designed for both new business owners and to support the needs of existing ventures.  Topics addressed include business concepts, financing, guerrilla marketing, human resources, legal challenges, profit models, and more.

Phase 3 - Business Support

Phase III, V-WISE Biz Support, provides program graduates with technical assistance to start and grow their business.  Graduates will have access to incorporation services, financing services, mentorship, and opportunities for further education and skill building with the IVMF and its partners, often at a reduced or waived cost.  These services are available through a password protected website.