SBCC Invites Local Veterans to First Major Event for New Entrepreneurship Program: Vetrepreneur LAUNCH!

What do Nike, FedEx, and GoDaddy have in common? All three of these successful companies were started by US Veterans.

Veterans looking to launch a business idea of their own can find valuable resources at Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! on Friday, November 16th at the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) West Campus Fé Bland Forum, 721 Cliff Drive.

Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! will connect Veterans with resources to launch their venture, including information about funding opportunities, education, mentoring, and more. There will also be opportunities to network with successful and aspiring “vetrepreneurs” who can share tips to their entrepreneurial success.

Larry Broughton, an award-winning entrepreneur and CEO, best-selling author, hotelier, speaker, and former US Army Green Beret will give the keynote presentation and provide the inspiration and insight that local Veterans need to get their business ventures off the ground. Broughton is the founder & CEO of broughtonHOTELS (whose portfolio includes Santa Barbara boutique hotels Inn at East Beach and Spanish Garden Inn), a nationally recognized expert on leadership and entrepreneurship, and a regular guest on national radio shows, podcasts, and news and TV programs. He is also a former US Army Staff Sergeant, serving eight years on Special Forces A-Teams, commonly known as the Green Berets.

Larry Broughton, keynote speaker at the November 16 Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! event

“The SBCC Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship and the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation are thrilled to kick off this new program with an experienced vetrepreneur like Larry Broughton,” said Julie Samson, Director of the Scheinfeld Center. “We are committed to supporting America’s Veterans and Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! will do just that by offering valuable resources and vital networking for Veterans looking to start their own business.”

This event is also the kickoff for the new Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! program offered by the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship and the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at SBCC, which is dedicated to honoring America’s Veterans by supporting the success of vetrepreneurs.

Event speakers will include Broughton; Santa Barbara City College Superintendent/President Dr. Anthony Beebe, PhD, EdD; philanthropist and entrepreneur Julie Nadel of The Nadel Foundation; SBCC Business Administration Department Chair Bonnie Chavez; and Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Director Julie Samson.

Vetrepreneur LAUNCH! is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, visit or contact

About the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for global entrepreneurial development within the South Central Coast community and is a resource for model programs for other California community college districts. The Scheinfeld Center, part of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at SBCC, trains global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants can build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skill set through the Scheinfeld Center’s distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, industry internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support through the Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…

Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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