Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt on October 7

Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt Oct. 7 To Help Prospective Business Owners Find, Expand Resources

Military veterans who want to kick-start or expand a small business have an opportunity to make connections and expand their resources at the Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt on Friday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 18 S. Michigan Av., Suite 715, Chicago.

Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center and Roosevelt University, the event will feature teams of veterans who will “turn Michigan Avenue into a giant game board with a scavenger hunt type of adventure using their smart phones,” according to Ariel Shivers-McGrew, associate director of the WBDC’s Veterans Programs.

Guided by a special app, four- to six-member teams will have three hours to make their way among well-known and overlooked gems in downtown Chicago, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. At each stop, teams will find items, collect clues, complete their mission, and take pictures and video of their accomplishments. Teams with the most points, photos or QR codes will win prizes. Each stop will feature a unique service for veterans.

“They’re going to create memories, enjoy some laughs and make some new friends along the way,” said Shivers-McGrew.

The event will conclude at 1 p.m. with lunch at a local restaurant. The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit:

The Women’s Business Development Center’s Women Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP) in partnership with the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA) offers services and program for women veterans looking to launch a new business and grow their business for economic security and independence. The WVP program includes:

  • Back to Basics: Building your Business Bootcamp, a 4-week training series focused on developing startup and emerging businesses.
  • One-on-one counseling services
  • Direct lending and financial assessment
  • Networking and support among participants through the Women Veterans’ Affinity Group
  • Social services resources from our network of partners
  • Mentoring program pairing successful women business owners with program participant

Veterans Upward Bound at Roosevelt University is a federally funded program designed to assist U.S. military veterans prepare for a college education at the institution of their choice. Services include academic instruction and study / test-taking skills; personal tutoring and computer-based instruction; academic and career counseling, assistance in veteran’s financial aid; as well as assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications


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