Join Us to Help New Vets to Become Business Entrepreneurs!
Starting in 2014 unprecedented numbers of veterans will re-enter the job market, joining hundreds of thousands of former military troops currently seeking employment. At least 7000 of those vets will chose to live in San Diego!
The current job market is limited. Many veterans face significant challenges in finding a job. In fact, studies show that unemployment among veterans age 24-35 is as high as 17%. The inability to obtain employment is recognized as a major contributor to veteran depression, divorce, and despair.
Veteran Entrepreneurs Today, "V.E.T.", is a program supervised by Honoring Our Troops, a San Diego based non-profit corporation (http://www.hrtroops.org) dedicated to filling the needs of returning veterans by supporting them to start small businesses.
This unique program coordinates “think tank” groups of veterans, with an emphasis on veterans with service connected disabilities, who express an interest in starting their own business.
The group meets weekly, shares challenges, and gains insights. Together they focus on goals and action steps with accountability to each other and the group leaders. Participants will receive follow-up support for 24 months after the initial 12-week group.
V.E.T. musters local small business community experts on topics such as marketing, legal issues, taxes, management, human resources, and other small business concerns to provide weekly topic discussions/presentations in a round-table format.
Veteran participation is free to qualified participants.
This program model is the first of its kind. There is nothing like it nationwide. A few programs offer individual workshops, but none offer the hands-on, close support required to insure success.
Join us on Monday, April 21 at 6:30pm to -
• Learn About the Program & How We Are Supporting Vets to Become Entrepreneurs
• Meet the Organizers
• Meet the Sponsors
• Apply to be a Community Expert Mentor
• Discover How You Can Participate in this Exciting Program
• Hob Nob, nibble on goodies and meet other interested people.
Email me at [masked] for more info or to help us with expenses, for which you will receive recognition at the Meetup.
Please join, RSVP for this Meetup and Become Part of the Solution!
Vicki Garcia & Barbara Eldridge
p.s. A special thanks to Courtyard by Marriott for donating the meeting space and Leo Clark for making that happen and donating part of the food as well! Kudos to Randall Harrelson at United Credit Education Services for his donation towards refreshments.