Community Navigator Pilot Program
Partnership with The Institute for Veterans & Military Families
The North Star for veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs on their journey to small business success.
The Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP), funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration, can provide your college services that benefit veteran students with the programs and resources they need to recover, grow, or start their business. NACCE has joined Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF) CNPP Partner Network to provide free services to the military and veteran community through our network of Community Colleges.
About the CNPP Partner Network
IVMF’s CNPP Partner Network consists of national and regional partner organizations experienced in helping veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs thrive. The network provides free resources and support to entrepreneurs in five key areas:
- Business training and counseling
- Financial literacy and loan assistance
- Government contracting
- Networking and mentorship
- Legal services
As a member of IVMF’s CNPP Partner Network, the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) offers free program support to member Colleges to expand the reach of entrepreneurial resources to underserved communities. Services include:
- Business Mentoring Train the Trainer model focused on Entrepreneurial readiness
- Subject Matter Expert (SME) asset map & webinar series for all 6 service markets
- STRIVE Entrepreneurship Training Program National Expansion
- Regional Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium
- Veteran Entrepreneurship Strike Force
Ready to kickstart your student's entrepreneurial journey? Visit IVMF’s CNPP website to get connected to free resources and support for their small businesses!
What is the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP)?The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship is a partner with the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and its Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). Funded by the Small Business Administration, CNPP aims to connect entrepreneurs to the programs and resources they need to recover, grow, or start a business.
The pathway to entrepreneurial success has a lot of unknowns. Veteran and military-connected business owners face a range of barriers in attempting to launch and sustain small businesses, such as difficulty accessing capital, navigating resources and certification processes, and establishing strong professional networks. IVMF’s CNPP will help you navigate the process, connecting you to a curated network of trusted experts and resources for your journey.
What is the CNPP Partner Network?IVMF’s CNPP Partner Network consists of 15 national and regional partner organizations experienced in helping veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs thrive. The partner organizations are located in six different states/regions across the United States: New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. Some partners may only be able to provide services within their region, however they are able to refer you to a CNPP partner who can assist you if they cannot.
What services does CNPP offer?CNPP partner organizations provide free resources, program support, and one-on-one services to veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs. CNPP experts help entrepreneurs navigate programs and resources in five key areas that are central to establishing and running a thriving business:
· Business training and counseling· Financial literacy and loan assistance
· Government contracting
· Networking and mentorship
· Legal services
NACCE is part of the CNPP Partner Network and offers Community Colleges in their Network free program support in the following states: FL, NY, PA, WV, NC, and TX to expand the reach of entrepreneurial resources to underserved communities. Services include:
· Business Mentoring Train the Trainer model focused on Entrepreneurial readiness
· Subject Matter Expert (SME) asset map & webinar series for all 6 service markets
· STRIVE Entrepreneurship Training Program National Expansion
· Regional Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium
· Veteran Entrepreneurship Strike Force
Do I need to live near a CNPP partner to participate?Our vast network offers both virtual and in-person learning opportunities, resources, and services. Visit ivmf.syracuse.edu/community-navigatorto get connected to a CNPP partner organization of your choice.
Am I eligible to participate in CNPP?If you are a veteran or military-connected entrepreneur, we likely have support services and resources to offer through CNPP. Visit IVMF’s CNPP webpage, ivmf.syracuse.edu/community-navigator for more information on the services available as well as a full list of program partners and the expertise they can provide to help you navigate the journey to small business success. IVMF also offers a broader portfolio of programs to support the veteran and military community in pursuit of their entrepreneurship and career dreams. Learn more at ivmf.syracuse.edu/programs.
To schedule an appointment with a CNPP Subject Matter Expert, contact Andrew Zides, Program Manager at email@example.com