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VETRN’s “Streetwise MBA” Program Goes Virtual With Support From Service CU

Thursday, July 30, 2020  
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PORTSMOUTH, NH (July 30, 2020) – As COVID-19 continues to change the way we collaborate, celebrate and learn, Service Credit Union is excited to announce its continued support of the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network (VETRN)’s “Streetwise MBA” program for veteran business owners, which will be hosted online beginning August 12, 2020.

Since 2015, VETRN has provided its free executive leadership program to veteran business owners with education that supports its participants on their path to growth. In the fall and winter of 2019, Service Credit Union hosted the 26-week program at its corporate headquarters in Portsmouth, NH, with insights from Service CU’s own business services team. As VETRN prepares to take its program fully online for the first time, Service CU is proud to be involved by participating in the VETRN mentorship program.


 The VETRN program is a very hands-on initiative where those attending class gain knowledge and insight not only from their instructors but other veteran businesses as well. They build their growth plans and pitches. The veterans are all engaged as they see it as an exercise where their direct efforts lead to growth of their business. ... The comradery amongst participants leads to a resource that they can call on in the future,” said David Weed, Assistant Vice President of Business Services at Service CU. Weed was a presenter on the fundamentals of lending in the 2019-2020 VETRN program as well as a judge on participant presentations, and will hold both roles again in the 2020-2021 program.

Steve Stark, a graduate of the VETRN program, echoed the significance of learning in a network of other veteran business owners, stating, “One of the important aspects of VETRN was our ability to connect with other entrepreneurs that had a military affiliation. We learn and develop from our interactions with other people and Service Credit Union provided a great space for us to have our classes and do that networking. … To have two organizations supporting one mission get together in support of people like me made it an experience I couldn’t get anywhere else.”

Added participant Dr. Brian Bigelow, DC: “The six-month VETRN program hosted by Service Credit Union and taught by Lee Goldberg was a business owner’s dream come true. It was literally a nuts and bolts MBA program where you get all the meat and no fluff. The program was packed with very practical and useful information that you can implement immediately. The small groups that met together outside the classroom provided invaluable peer-to-peer mentoring and collaboration.  The outside speakers were all highly qualified in their respective fields and provided additional information and valuable business network contacts. Whether you have been in business for one year or 3 decades, there is much to learn.”

The VETRN program was started to help veterans, who “already have the training, commitment and ‘can do’ attitude to successfully lead a business, gain the knowledge, professional resources, networking contacts and mentorship that are so important in helping to successfully grow it,” explained program founder Lee Goldberg.

“Veterans have given us everything, so it is a pleasure to be able to give something back and help improve their lives,” said Ray Dugdale, Business Development Officer at Service Credit Union, and mentor for the 2020-2021 program.

The upcoming VETRN Streetwise MBA online program is available to small business owners located in New England, New York and New Jersey. To qualify, the business must be veteran-owned, must have been in operation for one or more years and generate at least $75,000 in annual revenues.

To learn more, or to apply, visit  Applications may also be completed on the VETRN website or by sending an email to or

About Service Credit Union

As a dynamic, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Service Credit Union is dedicated to offering quality financial services and products. In 1957, the credit union was established to provide affordable credit to the Pease Air Force Base community. Now the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with over $4.2 billion in assets and 50 branch locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Germany, we continue to serve our communities and provide a better future to our members. For more information, visit or call toll free 1-800-936-7730 in the U.S. and 00800-4728-2000 internationally. Follow us on Twitter at @ServiceCU, Instagram at @ServiceCreditUnion and Facebook at

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