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Jenkins to speak at Syracuse University’s Institute

July 18, 2014
Jenkins to speak at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and military families

Bancroft Architects + Engineers President, Paul Jenkins, will this weekend serve as a guest speaker for the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  Jenkins, a disabled Desert Storm-era Navy Veteran has been invited to speak to fellow aspiring disabled Veteran entrepreneurs about the rewards and challenges associated with starting and sustaining businesses in these turbulent economic times.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from service to our country.

The EBV is designed around two central elements: a) focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs, and; b) the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program.

In 2010, the EBV was endowed by Mr. Steven Barnes, who said, “My support of the EBV allowed me to make a difference in three areas of passion for me:  helping those in the military that have sacrificed so much for our country; entrepreneurship for creation; and support of Syracuse University.”

In addition to the involvement of Syracuse University, the EBV consortium includes the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, Mays Business School at Texas A&M, and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Mr. Jared S. Lyon, the Navy Veteran who serves as the EBV’s National Program Manager had this to say about Jenkins’s involvement, “Having started four small businesses since leaving the Navy, Paul brings a wealth of practical experience to those in the program.  His knack for frank for honest discussion about start-ups makes him an ideal speaker for the class. “

More information on the EBV can be found at

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