IVMF - Institute for Veterans and Military Families

IVMF - Institute for Veterans and Military Families


The IVMF and its staff of more than 90 professionals deliver class-leading programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training, providing service members, veterans and their families with the skills needed to be successful in education, work and life. The IVMF also coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies; and works with communities and nonprofits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families.   ]


  • Onward to Opportunity – Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP) - A career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the Reserves or National Guard, veterans, and military spouses.
  • VetNet – Online resource offering innovative networking tools, career training, job opportunities and entrepreneurship classes. VetNet is a free service for the entire veteran and military family community.


  • Boots to Business (B2B)  – For those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan.
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) – Women-focused training program in entrepreneurship and small business management that provides tools, ongoing support and business mentorship to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • V-WISE IGNITE - Introduction to entrepreneurship available to women veterans, active duty service women, and women military spouses/life-partners who are just beginning to explore the opportunity of small business ownership as a post-service career path.
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) – Cutting edge entrepreneurship training program teaching the steps and stages of business creation and business management, with a tailored emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities associated with being a veteran business owner.
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) – Entrepreneurship training program that integrates training with caregiver and family matters, positioning participants to launch and grow small businesses while tending to family responsibilities. Offered to spouses and family members, or the surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country.
  • Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB) – Coalition of private sector companies, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to connect veteran and military family-owned business to supply chains of medium-sized and large corporations. CVOB simplifies and facilitates the process of supplying goods and services to larger employees.
  • Center of Excellence (CoE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship – One-stop shop for everything related to veteran owned businesses. Information available to veterans seeking to begin or grow their business as well as researchers, policymakers, and public and private companies interested in veteran business ownership.


  • AmericaServes – Provides veterans, transitioning service members, and their families access to a simple and effective way to access and navigate a range of supportive services in their communities. AmericaServes is the country’s first coordinated network of organizations dedicated to serving the military community by connecting them to the resources specific to their unique needs.
  • Military Culture 101  – Provides individuals working with veterans and military families exposure to a comprehensive overview of U.S. military culture, core values, organizational structure, and history. MC101 addresses a growing national need and perception among veterans that community providers are unresponsive, disrespectful, and lack understanding of the nuances of military culture.


  • IVMF Research – Our research is the backbone of the IVMF — it informs our programs, guides our future direction, and empowers action across the veteran and military family community.


Career Phase: 
Transitioning Military