Did you know the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) has a tremendous amount of resources to support and help Veterans establish and grow a small business?
In fact, the premier annual event for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs), the National Veterans Small Business Conference (NVSBC), will take place in St Louis, August 6-8. This event allows Veteran owners to build capacity and connect directly with Government Procurement Decision Makers and business partners.
If you know a Veteran who owns a business, or is interested in becoming a business owner – tell them now about the Conference and the Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.va.gov/osdbu/nvc/index.asp , which provides all the details.
At the same time (on August 6th), our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) will hold a Hiring Fair for Veterans and military spouses in the midst of the National Veterans Small Business Conference. More than 100 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for Veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. HOH has conducted over 570 job fairs around the country since March 2011.
In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,000 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 235,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 119,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal. To register for the St. Louis or any other Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair around the country, visit http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events/210 .
Working together – Government, Nonprofit and Industry, we will make a difference for Veterans and their families!