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Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs 



Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs (MV2E) is an Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and Central Management Services (CMS) joint-led initiative that provides veterans and returning servicemembers with up-to-date information, resources and assistance in becoming a successful business owner.  This includes assistance in three central focus areas:

  1. Assisting veterans in starting their own business;opportunities with local, state and federal agencies;
  2. Informing veterans as to how they can certify their business as “veteran-owned” with the Illinois Veterans Business Program (IVBP) and be eligible for the 3-percent goal of all state contracts and services.
  3. Providing guidance as to how veteran-owned businesses can pursue and obtain procurement.

MV2E brings together government agencies, educational institutions, trade associations, business sector experts, small business development centers, and prominent employers to accomplish this mission, capitalizing on broad cross-sector expertise to effectively educate veterans as to resources and opportunities available to veteran-owned businesses in the State of Illinois. 

Events and Seminars

TESTIMONIAL:  “Thank you for putting on an awesome event… I had the opportunity to meet the buyers that would be most beneficial to me and have started the process of registering on the different Illinois sites to have my products available to various agencies.”  -Jim Konefal, U.S. Navy/U.S. Navy Reserve, 22.5 years active duty

IDVA and its partner organizations host a variety of training seminars and informational fairs across the state to deliver pertinent MV2E information and resources to veterans and returning servicemembers.  Past events have included specialized training sessions with the Illinois Capital Investment Board, the Elite SDVOB Network, the Illinois Department of Commercial and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Department of Transportation, among many others.  At the same time, participants who attend MV2E events have a unique opportunity to network and exchange best practices with agency experts, employers, like-minded professionals.

  Event participants gain personalized assistance in a number of important areas, including:

  • Procurement opportunities;
  • Business certifications;
  • Application procedures;
  • Writing a business plan;
  • Managing business finances;
  • Gaining access to capital;
  • Marketing and branding;
  • And other key steps in the business process.

A future program schedule can be found below.  Alternatively, you can sign up for the Illinois Veteran News monthly e-mail newsletter to receive further updates.

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For more information on the next Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs event, please contact Max Dulberger at 312-814-5538 or