Small Business Administration Awards Grant to Saint Joseph’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (September 28, 2016) — Saint Joseph’s University’s Office of Veterans Services was one of four awardees of the 2016 Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant, awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant, totaling $50,000, will support SJU’s Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program (VEJ).

Ralph Galati ’70, director of the Office of Veterans Services and an Air Force veteran, says that the grant will help the University strengthen and continue its commitment to servicemen and women.

Launched in 2015 by SJU’s Office of Veterans Services with the support of the Haub School of Business, VEJ is designed to provide veterans with the education and resources to start their own businesses. Participants enroll in a three-part program, comprised of: online courses; a week-long bootcamp of classroom instruction, lectures, panels, seminars, workshops and experiential learning; and yearlong mentorships with successful entrepreneurs and access to complimentary support services.

“I know that under Ralph Galati’s direction, the Saint Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurship program has had a real and positive impact on veteran entrepreneurship,” says SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho. “Each year, SBA serves over 200,000 veterans, service disabled veterans and military spouses across the United States and at military installations around the globe. I’m very pleased that this grant will help veterans in Philadelphia.”


About the U.S. Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. 

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 Colleen Sabatino ’11 (M.A.), Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3256,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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