Empowering Veterans Through Entrepreneurship




Every day, Americans wake up to frightening headlines from all across the globe. Warring factions of terrorist groups, especially in the Middle East and Africa, show no signs of desiring peace, and the threat of nuclear attack is ever present.

Undoubtedly, America’s military will have some long-term role to play in these conflicts, even if we limit the number of our troops on the ground. This, in turn, means there will be a steady stream of veterans returning from active duty for the foreseeable future. In fact, over a million men and women will be returning to civilian life in the next few years, and there is much we can do to honor, empower and support them.

One way is to guide their civilian transition toward entrepreneurial careers. Military training instills valuable attitudes and team building skills that can be directly applied to starting and sustaining a successful business.

Next week (November 2-6), the National Veterans Small Business Week, sponsored by the Small Business Administration, will host over 50 events around the country to assist veterans who want to pursue entrepreneurship. This “Boots to Business” initiative will help these young men and women to strategically define their business concepts and introduce the many mentors and resources available to them through the SBA. It will also be a time when more people talk about entrepreneurship–a national conversation that should last well beyond this time frame, and here’s why: Entrepreneurship brings more resolve to our economy and to individuals.

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