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ike many people, Mike West had aspirations of owning his own business, and in 1990, his desire came to fruition when he formed MRW Group, a human capital and talent acquisition consulting firm specializing in executive search, career management and recruitment consulting services. And, like many business owners, West soon discovered ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu was correct when he claimed “opportunities are multiplied as they are seized.” Taking advantage of such an opportunity, West is a participant in OSU’s newly established Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. VEP is an entrepreneurial training program aimed at empowering veterans and equipping them with the resources they need to turn their business ideas into workable business models, helping them

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create their own companies and making their ventures sustainable. “I knew I was going to learn a lot when I heard the program was being held at OSU and taught by such reputable faculty,” West says. “Although I’m not an OSU alum, because of this program, I will always be a Cowboy.” VEP is presented by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and School of Entrepreneurship in OSU’s Spears School of Business and offers a three-stage learning experience that provides business support and resources for veterans of the U.S. military to launch or expand their own businesses. Participants complete an online self-study session and an intense eight-day on-campus bootcamp, followed by 10 months of mentoring and support from VEP faculty members and volunteer entrepreneurs. The creators of OSU’s VEP program, Michael Morris and Nola Miyasaki,

STATE Magazine, Spring 2010  

STATE Magazine is the official magazine of Oklahoma State University.