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By Debbie Gregory.

The Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program was recognized as one of 2015’s “Bright Ideas” by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

V-WISE is offered through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Institute for Veteran and Military Families at Syracuse University. The program provides comprehensive entrepreneurial training to women Veterans, active duty and female family members.

As part of a three-phase program, V-WISE is being offered to 200 participants per session. The program includes a growth track for participants already in business, and start-up training for new entrepreneurs.

“V-WISE is an important and timely resource for women, and we’re proud of the successful entrepreneurs who have used this program to start and grow their companies,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “Being recognized by Harvard University is a confirmation of a successful partnership making strides to support the small business ownership dreams of so many women Veterans.”

For consideration as one of the Ash Center’s Bright Ideas, a program must currently be in operation or in the process of launching, have sufficient operational resources, and be administered by one or more governmental entities.  Nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible only if they are operating in partnership with a governmental entity. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

The V-WISE program was singled out by the Ash Center as a creative government initiative that deserves to be recognized and replicated. The Government Innovators Network was launched by the Ash Center in 2003 to highlight original ideas generated by government leaders and their public sector partners. This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Joint Program for Female Veterans Honored by Harvard: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory.

It is expected that over the next three to five years, more than 250,000 service members are expected to separate from the service each year. These Veterans will face stiff competition in the job market, as well as a consistently higher unemployment rate than their non-veteran peers. With unique work and leadership experiences and a tradition of hard work and resiliency, these Veterans will look for alternative options to provide for their families. Economists contend that self-employment will help stimulate our struggling economy. With an abundance of opportunities provided to them by federal, state and local programs, combined with the desire to work for themselves after their service, many Veterans will seek out entrepreneurial ventures. For these Veteran Entrepreneurs to be successful, in addition to the leadership skills and drive that they developed in the military, they will need to acquire the knowledge necessary to run a business. One of the most effective programs for Veterans launching their own businesses is the Boots to Business program. Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This program is an elective track within the Defense Department’s revised Transition Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS).  The course is offered in three parts. The first part, the Entrepreneurship Track Overview, is an introductory video shown during the mandatory five day Transition GPS course. The second part is a two day classroom course called Introduction to Entrepreneurship. The third part is an eight week instructor led, online course called Foundations of Entrepreneurship. This section offers detailed instruction on the elements of a business plan, and tips and techniques for starting a business.

The Boots to Business curriculum provides indispensable knowledge to transitioning service members who are interested in exploring self-employment opportunities. The program guides soon-to-be Veteran Entrepreneurs through the stages of business ownership, including evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. Participants in the Boots to Business program are also introduced to the SBA resources that they can use to access startup capital and much more.

Having a sound business plan is critical to getting the startup capital and other lending approved. The Boots to Business program will help Veteran entrepreneurs develop and implement a business plan that will raise their chances of obtaining the funding to get their businesses off the ground.

The best part of the Boots to Business program is that it is available free of charge at participating military installations to service members who are retiring or otherwise transitioning from the service, as well as their spouses.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: What Boots to Business Does for Veterans: By Debbie Gregory

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The American Legion will be hosting a small business workshop for Veteran Small Business Owners on February 24th  and 25th  2015 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, in Washington, DC. The Workshop consists of two days of ‘best practices’ seminars, VA Opportunity Showcase, and multiple Business Networking Sessions during breakfast, lunch and evening reception. This event is Free for Veterans, Service Members, National Guard, Reservists and Spouses.  To Register please send name, company name and email to dgrooms@legion.org or call (202) 263-5757.

Exhibiting at DOE2015 provides your company with countless opportunities to market and create demand for your product and services by getting in front of DOE’s buyers.

will provide you opportunities to network with Federal officials; DOE’s site and facility management contractors, which include 17 National Laboratories; and other small business concerns.

 

Becoming an exhibitor will provide you opportunities to gain more qualified leads in two days than you may generate all year. The face-to-face contact and relationship building will be invaluable.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your capabilities and solutions that will demonstrate how your company can become an integral part of the Department of Energy’s mission.

In FY 2014, DOE awarded a total of $6.6 billion to prime and subcontracts*

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your company within the energy industry!

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*Note: DOE’s FY 2014 total awards to prime and subcontracts represents preliminary results.

Small business jobsBy Debbie Gregory.

A 2015 job report is giving Americans a reason to be optimistic, as American businesses added a 252,000 jobs in December, 2014, and unemployment dropped to its lowest rate since June, 2008. Our country is currently riding the wave of 58 consecutive months of job growth (the longest such streak since the mid-1990’s), and we have small business owners to thank.

In 2014, small businesses created nearly 2 million of the approximately 3 million private-sector jobs. And more than 7 million out of the 11 million jobs created during our nation’s recovery have been generated by startups and small enterprises.

One industry that is showing considerable promise is computer systems design, which now employs 1.8 million Americans, 25% more than before 2008.

December’s job report is representative of the turnaround to our nation’s ongoing employment picture:

  • 73% of December 2014’s job growth came from small businesses
  • Twice as many small businesses expanded the number of jobs to their workforce as cut them.

Along with their job expansion, a recent report from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) also found that small business revenues are on the rise. And American manufacturing is undergoing its best period of job growth since the 1990s. The U.S. auto industry has created nearly a half-million new jobs in the last five years.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses have been instrumental to our country’s ability to weather this economic storm. The economic turnaround has been due, inpart, to the many successes of small businesses, and their ability to survive and thrive through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has played and continues to play a crucial role in the economic turnaround. While the success of small business owners is partially the result of their planning, hard work and dedication, their success can also be attributed the utilization of SBA programs and resources. Commercial small business lending is still only at 91% of the pre-recession level, but SBA-backed lending has now eclipsed its pre-recession output. Small business borrowers have received $163 billion in SBA-supported capital since 2009.

Economists and entrepreneurs should have reason to believe that 2015 will be a great year for small business growth. Consumer confidence is at a seven year high, the economy has added at least 200,000 jobs for the last 11 months in a row, and hiring is at levels we haven’t seen in years.

Now is the time to frequent www.VAMBOA.org and www.SBA.gov and find the resources you need to help your business thrive.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!