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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide veteran small business owners and family members an opportunity, free of tuition, to attend a program in entrepreneurship that is being put on exclusively for veterans in order to provide them with the skills, resources, mentoring and networking necessary to grow their own small business. This program is a six month VETRN program based on a course in strategic business planning, business cash flow and financial management, and is a collaboration with Interise, the developer of the highly successful, award winning “StreetWise MBA” program.

Our Approach

We believe that military training provides many of the skills necessary to be successful in the business world. We also believe that academic credit should be given for those skills, thereby increasing access for veterans and their families to receive college level training to help become successful in running his or her own business.

Each cohort will consist of 12 veteran small business owners. Veteran applicants, who are interested in attending this program, with tuition fully paid, will be asked to fill out an application form, stating your business goals and objectives and the reasons why you wish to attend this program. The written application will be followed by an interview of the veteran applicant or family member.

Veterans and family members who are accepted into the program will be provided with a mentor from day one of the program chosen the business or financial community to work with them both during the program and after successful completion of the program. VETRN believes that ongoing mentorship and networking is critical in helping to grow your small business and become successful.

To the extent the veteran applicant may not qualify for the VETRN Entrepreneurship program, VETRN will provide other services, including training in basic skills such as math and computer literacy and an introduction to other veteran resources, including preparing resumes, job opportunities, mentorship and other pro bono resources provided by organizations supporting the VETRN program and veteran entrepreneurs.

Corporate Counsel

Scott Harshbarger

Corporate Counsel

Former Massachusetts Attorney General

 
 

Scott Harshbarger

Corporate Counsel

Former Massachusetts Attorney General

Board and Advisors

Leland Goldberg

VETRN Founder

CEO of fourteen companies

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Erik DeGiorgi

VETRN Director

Principal at MediaVue Systems

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Amy Geogan

VETRN Director

SVP & Senior Credit Officer of South Shore Bank

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Tom Sommerfield

VETRN Director

Senior Credit Officer of Blue Hills Bank

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John Loughnane

VETRN Director

Attroney at Law – Nutter McClennan

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Ingrid Centurion

VETRN Director

Marketing Consultant

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Stephen Adams

VETRN Advisor

Former President of American Institute of Economic Research

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Stephen Awtrey

VETRN Director

Senior Managing partner, The Nova Consulting Group

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Carol Hamilton

VETRN Director

Senior Vice President, Salem Five

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Mark Krentzman

VETRN Director

Chairman of Jones & Vining, Inc.

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William Mullin

VETRN Director

Senior Commercial Lender, Workers Credit Union, Fitchburg, Mass.

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Tera Lally

VETRN Director

Attorney, Ropes & Gray Law Firm

Individual Bios

Leland Goldberg has over 25 years of experience as chief executive officer, chief restructuring officer, or financial advisor to over 300 companies, including CEO or President of thirteen companies. He is a former partner in the business restructuring group at Coopers & Lybrand, a founding partner of The Recovery Group (now Deloitte CRG), and a former senior credit officer at Bank of Boston. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Northeastern University, and a master’s degree in business administration with a major in international finance from Boston College. A certified turnaround professional, he is a past president and founder of the Northeast Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, has taught at the graduate business schools at Northeastern University and Boston College and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard Business School. A former Army Officer, who served in Vietnam, Lee is also a Director and Past Chair of World Education, a non-profit engaged in training and technical assistance in literacy, adult education and health education around the world.