As a recently retired Marine and co-founder of Small Supplier Academy, I'll be sharing my experience and insight with those of you who can benefit from information regarding the hiring of veterans, working with veterans, and helping veterans run a successful small business.
Via our member's community forum, complimentary webinars, and public blog posts, I'll offer the following practical advice and tips:
- Veterans transitioning into the world of the small business owner
- Small business owners preparing to hire veterans
- Companies looking to streamline existing relationships with U.S. government agencies
- Large civilian companies looking to hire some of America's best and brightest
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life
I know what you're going through--a year before you leave, two days before you leave, and six months after becoming a civilian. I've walked this road. I'm here to help you transition from military life to civilian life: what you should be preparing for and accomplishing in the last year of your service career and the challenges you face at the beginning of your civilian career.
There is a mindset that you'll need to shift to in order to be successful in the civilian world, and that mindset is a complete 180 from the military. It takes work and practice. I can help you with that process.
Helping the Small Business
Owning and operating a small business is tough. You invest everything you have into your business so it can be successful, and that means exploring every competitive advantage.
Some of the most dedicated and hardest working individuals in America today are veterans. In the military there is a demand for service members to perform multiple jobs at once, adapt to constant scheduling changes, and frequently make important decisions, even at the lowest levels of rank.
These skills are transferable to small business success and growth. How do you attract veterans to your business? If they know you are there, they will come. How do you successfully integrate them into your workforce once you have attracted them? As a small business, how can you streamline existing business relationships with government agencies?
We'll cover these topics and more in our workshops, forums, webinars, and posts.
Your company has a public face. In America today, that public face always looks better when there are efforts made by a company to encourage the employment and success of Veterans.
You accomplish this by providing vets with real opportunities that produce results for your company, sharing and reporting these tangible results, and allowing vets to provide testimonials. This trumpets your vet success to the public.
When was the last time you assessed your Veterans for Hire programs? Perhaps, you're considering a formal Veterans program or staffing initiative, but don't know where to begin. I'll be offering tips on how you can attract Veterans, how to fully engage their skills, their field and combat experience, and how you can retain this segment of your talent pool.
Creating a results-based program of Veteran hiring and integration will benefit any large company that’s looking to further business relationships, as well as possible program investment from government agencies.
Tangible, positive results involving Veterans are always a plus for any business.
Our Small Supplier Academy is focused on Operational Excellence for small business owners--veterans and non-veterans alike. My focus will be on veterans because this is my core competency and where I'm invested today. I'll share advice and tips for the individual Veteran, and the small business owner looking to hire veteran talent, as well as the larger corporations on how to successfully leverage one of the best engines under your hood--the Veteran.