Boots to Business Reboot is the Small Business Administration's (SBA) free national program designed to introduce veterans and their spouses to the basics of small business ownership, including techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts, the components of a business plan, an introduction to private and public resources, and opportunity recognition. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available for start-up capital, technical assistance, and contracting opportunities. This program is also recommended for those who wish to grow an existing veteran-owned small business.
Marci Posey, Economic Developer with the SBA, will offer the one-day Boots to Business: Introduction to Entrepreneurship course on Thursday, March 23, 8:00-5:00 at Porter Branch. Register online at www.boots2business.org/rebootapply (select Stafford, VA location) or by calling (804) 253-8906. Registration is preferred but not required. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.
For many of us Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Pools and amusement parks open to a regular schedule, children bring out their water toys, picnics are planned, and moms start dreading the increased loads of laundry.
Amidst all this excitement, we should always pause and take a few moments to honor the service members who have served and given their lives for this country.
One way to honor these brave men and women is to provide resources that can assist their family members and also all the surviving veterans and military members.
One of my favorite customers called me to tell me that he loved the book Until Tuesday. I am sure that this story about a veteran spoke to him since he is also a veteran who happens to love dogs.
Until Tuesday is the true story of a highly-decorated Iraqi war veteran who returns home as a war hero. However, Luis Carlos Montalvan has such incredible injuries to his body and his psyche that he cannot cope with everyday life. He hovers on the brink of suicide until he meets Tuesday, a golden retriever who also had an emotionally difficult journey to get to Luis.
Transitioning from active duty to civilian life can be a huge challenge for veterans and their families.
Google for Veterans and Families, www.googleforveterans.com, a web site created by Google employees who are veterans or have a veteran in their life, aims to help make that transition easier.
Google products and services are organized into toolkits to help facilitate re-entry to civilian life, whether it be job hunting or finding support networks.
A companion YouTube channel also offers transition tips and a place for veterans to tell their story: www.youtube.com/veterans/
On this day, we remember the sacrifice of soldiers in England, the United States, and France who fought and died in the Great War, the war to end all wars. While their noble goal is not yet realized, their noble deeds continue to be honored from the 1921 burial of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to our daily remembrances of those who have been or are in the armed services.