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  • Will and Determination Drive Kishva Daniel, Shreveport Medical Billing and Coding Student and U.S. Military Veteran

    Contributed by Kristi Kohl, Campus Librarian

    Kishva Daniel, a Medical Billing and Coding student at Remington College - Shreveport Campus, is a U.S. military veteran who has been afforded many opportunities through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), an organization based in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Daniel is receiving assistance from EBV with her business venture, called Fantastic Digital Solutions, as she finishes her certification in Medical Billing and Coding at Remington College in Shreveport.

    What Is the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans?

    Established in 2009, EBV offers training in entrepreneurship and small-business management to military veterans disabled as a result of their service in supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Daniel sustained severe lumbar and cervical injuries in a rollover accident in 2003, leading to intermittent neuropathy of her upper and lower extremities.

    Opportunities and Resources Offered by EBV

    Ms. Daniel was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Louisiana, from 1995 to 2004 and was a member of the Army National Guard from January 2005 to December 2006. Last fall, she was invited to attend the EBV at Mays Business School of Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas. More than 100 students applied to the program, and Ms. Daniel was one of 18 veterans accepted.

    After completing an online class, Ms. Daniel attended a seven-day conference at Mays College, during which business owners and philanthropists instructed the disabled veterans in topics such as advertising and marketing, accounting, business law, business organization, and writing business plans.

    On the last day of the program, Ms. Daniel presented her business plan to the EBV Board and was offered advice on how to improve her plan and presentation. Ms. Daniel continues to receive support from Mays Business School, including advertising and legal advice.

    In addition to help with starting her own business, Ms. Daniel is receiving financial aid through an EBV grant. She was recently honored at the Houston Rodeo and attended another EBV conference for women veterans in New York City in April.

    Focus on Ultimate Goals

    While attending Remington College, Ms. Daniel is also completing her bachelor's degree in computer science from Louisiana State University - Shreveport, obtaining her certification from Apple, Inc., to repair Mac computers, and getting her computer programming and repair business, Fantastic Digital Solutions, off the ground. In the future, she also hopes to start her own medical billing and coding business and a clothing line for plus-sized women.

    Director of Education Dr. Catherine Reynolds said, "Ms. Daniel is an excellent student with great attendance and great grades. She continues to shine in her program." Instructor Joanna McNeil echoed those comments: "Ms. Daniel is an exceptional student whose will and determination have helped her to excel in all her endeavors."