Intro to Veteran Entrepreneurs Today! (V.E.T.)

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 ( 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.

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  • Terry F.

    Thank you to all local businesses looking out to those who protected and served this great country.
    I'm hoping to get accepted and become part of this new program.

    April 22

  • Colleen H.

    It was a wonderful meeting and I'm very excited to be part of helping thousands of people get educated about how to start and be successful at building a small business.

    April 22

  • Danitra A.

    Amazing event for a well-deserving cause! High quality successful people willing to jump in to help! Thank you to all who took the time to organize and make it happen!

    April 22

  • Geneene T.

    This opportunity couldn't have come at a better time and with such fabulous people like Barbara Eldridge Owner of Mind Masters, and is my Previous Business Coach, as well as Vicki Garcia, owner of Marketing Impressions, a woman I've known for nearly 20 years and have worked for. These are two dynamic women and they know what they're doing. Congrats to everyone that attended. It was a great presentation full of wonderful statistics and information! I'm ready to jump in!

    April 22

  • Nitame T.

    The event was outstanding

    April 22

  • Jane

    Although I arrived late into this meeting, but I stay afterward and chats with some industry's seasonal vets. I'm very impressed by the entire presentations that this group represented.

    April 22

  • Gregory A. S.

    I was pleased to see the variety of participants and the buzz regarding this new endeavor to serve those Vets that serve us.

    April 22

  • Gregory A. S.

    I was pleased to see the variety of participants and the buzz regarding this new endeavor to serve those Vets that serve us.

    1 · April 22

  • Dale G.

    The information shared at this meeting opened my eyes to the current and future need of career opportunities for our returning veterans. This issue is not just having an impact on veterans but on our entire society and economy. The presentation was informative and powerful. There was a high quality of entrepreneurs and business owners in attendance.

    April 22

  • Jane

    I'll be late to this meeting. I have a prior engagement to attend to. But I will tried to be there later in the evening. I sure don't want to missed this! =)

    April 20

  • Judy W.

    I would love to assist our Vets achieve success owning their own small businesses. I could do a presentation on the power of networking.

    April 17

  • Jeffrey R.

    I wish I can make this one. I will have to take a rain check. Would have loved to meet some people and possible co-founders to share ideas with.Thank you anyway!

    April 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am in! I can teach on entrepreneur mindset, personal development, personal branding, and converting military skills to business-building skills.

    April 10

  • Lisa R.

    Hi, I can talk on creating and marketing information products that can also lead to or supplement a consulting business based on ones talents and experience.

    April 9

  • Donna S.

    I'm in -- Far too often we have been taught to work for someone else's dream. It's okay not to work for someone. I can share what I know.

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in -- I can talk about "doing it yourself" instead of searching for jobs, either by starting your own business or buying a franchise.

    March 24, 2014

  • Vicki G.

    We want to thank Eagle Print Dynamics for the design and printing of wonderful brochures for V.E.T. program.

    March 19, 2014

  • Vicki G.

    Joan Rudder-Ward,
    Certified Professional Photographer, at has volunteered to help us by producing a video!!! We need this to help us find funding especially through Crowd Funding.

    February 18, 2014

  • Vicki G.

    We are getting wonderful offers to help in one way or another. At some point soon we will form a committee and get everyone together. Stay tuned, and thanks for joining.

    February 18, 2014

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