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10-Week Training Program Helps Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

COLUMBIA, MD (June 13, 2013) – A new program in Howard County aimed at helping veterans interested in starting a business will graduate its first class June 27. The program, Project Opportunity, is a 10-week program that offers training, outreach services, technical assistance and financing opportunities to veterans interested in starting a business. The class began in April.

The soon-to-be graduates – seven men and one woman – expect to start businesses, which include everything from a biotech consulting firm to an executive transportation service, according to founder, instructor and mentor, Joe Giordano. Giordano, who also serves as executive director of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where Project Opportunity began, said he feels confident that the graduates will be prepared for their future as entrepreneurs.

“Each graduate of this training program completed a business plan and are now prepared to take the next step in their dream to own and operate a small business,” Giordano said. “Of course mastering the steps to entrepreneurship is more than a 10-week journey, but we are confident that we have given these veterans what they need to put them on the right path. I hope they know that with me and our partners at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, they will have friends and supporters for life.”

The Project Opportunity graduation will begin at 6:30 p.m., June 27 at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia. A new class is set to begin in the fall.

For more information about Project Opportunity, visit, or call 410-860-6664. 


Walinda P. West

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Phone: 410.313.0720




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