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  • 16 February 2019 06:20 | Anonymous

    When coming home is the one thing you’re not trained to do

    The U.S. Armed Forces train civilians to be warriors and do so with great success: The United States proudly boasts the most powerful military on the planet. However, the transition of many of our most valiant warriors back into civilian life is often unnecessarily difficult.

    While it is true that each branch of the military currently has its own transition program, most of these types of programs are lacking critical information and services leaving questions from veterans to go unanswered, important resources our veterans have a hard time finding or accessing. Perhaps the most pressing unmet need for many veterans re-integrating into civilian life is simply finding gainful employment.

    Here are some sobering statistics:

    • According to a Prudential survey, 64 percent of veterans feel their transition from military to civilian was “difficult”.
    • 60 percent of veterans find translating their military skills to a civilian resume their greatest barrier to finding a job.
    • 65 percent of veterans said they experience mental health or physical challenges that limit their ability to find a job.
    • 9 in 10 veteran job seekers feel they definitely have the skills to land their ideal job… if they knew where to look.

    The Hiring Outlook for Veterans is Good… and Getting Better

    U.S. job seekers are in a fantastic position right now. National unemployment has reached a 16-year low. There are currently more jobs open than qualified talent to fill those jobs, so much so that recent headlines reveal “too big to fail” companies like Microsoft and Google are now willing to relax their college degree requirements and place more importance on skill set and behavioral competencies for job candidates.

    Seasoned workers are maturing and moving out of the workforce. This presents an enormous opportunity for recently separated veterans to seek and find stable work and embark on new careers.

    What’s more, employers are actually increasing their commitment to hire military veterans, according to CareerBuilder. Forty percent of nearly 2,500 hiring managers and human resource professionals plan to actively recruit U.S. veterans into their organizations over the next 12 months, up from 37 percent last year. The top roles for which employers are recruiting veterans are customer service (35 percent), information technology (32 percent), production (28 percent), sales (24 percent), and HR roles (18 percent).

    Forty-eight percent of employers said they pay more attention to applications submitted by veterans, and 68 percent said that they would hire a qualified veteran over another equally qualified candidate. That’s because veterans leave the military with technical and behavioral competencies that businesses value.

    So, here’s the bottom line: In order to ensure former military personnel have as much success serving their own communities as productive members of society as they had serving our country, they need access to high-quality jobs – companies that understand and value their abilities and experiential wisdom.  

  • 14 February 2019 08:21 | Anonymous

    Fortifying & Growing Existing Veteran-Owned Businesses

    “Business development is the creation of long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships.”  – Scott Pollack,

    Business development is often used interchangeably with sales, but developing a strong, resilient, anticipatory business culture goes far beyond selling goods and services. The most successful global enterprises have prepared extensively, which enables them to:

    • Innovate
    • Enter new markets
    • Navigate change in existing markets
    • Launch new products
    • Adapt to technological changes
    • Recruit and retain top global talent
    • Widen their target markets
    • Predict and plan for shifts in the market
    • Implement three-year, five-year, and even 100-year strategies

    That's the value of Business Development.

    The Challenges Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Face

    The latest numbers from the Small Business Administration report there are 2.52 million businesses in the U.S. that are majority-owned by an American veteran. That means about 1 in 11 businesses in the U.S. are veteran-owned businesses.

    That’s no small feat because veterans represent only about seven percent of the U.S. population. So, the percentage of businesses owned by veterans is actually greater than the percentage of Americans who are veterans.

    There is no shortage of veteran-owned businesses. So, our goal with the Business Development program isn’t really to produce a greater number of Veteran business owners. The problem we’re seeing, however, has to do with the accessibility of resources. Our goal is to help veterans build more profitable, scalable businesses.

    Veterans Aren't Finding the Funding

    Veterans who own businesses are funding their startups and/or the expansion of their companies out-of-pocket. They use their family savings, their own credit cards, and personal loans.

    Now, that’s not a huge problem until you learn that 55.8 percent of veteran-owned businesses generate LESS THAN $25,000 a year when the average cost of living per person in the US is $13,200 according to (and that amount doesn’t even include rent or mortgage payments).

    We believe that if Veterans had the opportunity to learn HOW to effectively start, manage and grow a profitable small business, they could reposition their businesses for greater success just by knowing how to effectively leverage their existing skill set.  

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