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Harris Corporation Donation to Purdue University Supports Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans with Disabilities


MELBOURNE, Florida — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has donated $20,000 to the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University to support the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. The program provides advanced training in entrepreneurship and small business management to military personnel who are disabled as a result of their service during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The goal of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) is to open the door to opportunity and small business ownership by developing skills associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Purdue is one of five universities that will offer the EBV in the summer of 2009. Other participants are the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. The EBV program is offered free to qualified veterans accepted into the program, with more than 100 seats available across the EBV Consortium Schools.

“America’s disabled veterans have much to offer in the development and expansion of small businesses, which are at the core of our country’s economic engine. The skills and discipline they learned in the military translate well in the business world,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “This donation is a small way for Harris to support those who have fought on our behalf in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to help assist them in their transition to private enterprise. This is a very worthwhile project provided by an outstanding university that benefits those who have made an incredible sacrifice to protect our freedom.”

“The Krannert School is grateful for the support that Harris Corporation is providing this important venture,” said Richard Cosier, Krannert dean and Leeds Professor of Management. “Helping veterans with disabilities understand how to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs is a noble calling for any business school. We look forward to our first class of students, and we thank Harris for helping to make this program a success.”

The bootcamp consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in growing businesses successfully and profitably. Through interactive instruction, teams of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts and show veterans how to apply them to current or potential business.

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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