Entrepreneurship / Job Training
Half of all American World War II veterans eventually became entrepreneurs. What happened?
Entrepreneurship is not an easy path for anyone, but for veterans, it appears to be getting harder. That’s troubling for military-veteran business owners, of course, and for the fellow service members they would hire. But it’s also a big problem for the entire U.S. economy.
There are several other explanations for the drop-off, starting with drastic changes in the economy. Overall rates of entrepreneurship are down across the board. And gone are the days when a returning soldier could easily segue from running a platoon to running an assembly line and then move up through management, along the way gaining the necessary skills to start a business. Those manufacturing jobs have mostly vanished, eliminating what was once an important bridge from the military to the civilian world. – U.S. Veterans Magazine
VTROC provides today’s Vetrepreneurs with the resources to engage in entrepreneurship opportunities and forge the path to a successful business. This comes from strategic collaborations with organizations such as –
Bunker Labs –
A national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. Bunker Labs is committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.
25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. Bunker Labs is here to help! Click here to contact Denver’s Bunker Lab
Vet to CEO –
VetToCeo believes most veterans don’t fully recognize the core skills we have that make us more prepared to face the challenge of entrepreneurship than our civilian peers with comparable years of work experience. We only figure that out over time. Our goal is to accelerate that time.
The VetToCEO core program is a seven-week program. You’ll join a group of fellow qualified veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan.
VBOC, OVBD, SBA-
Devoted exclusively to promoting veteran entrepreneurship, the OVBD facilitates the use of all SBA programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors.
SBA programs provide access to capital and preparation for small business opportunities. They can also connect veteran small business owners with federal procurement and commercial supply chains.
The Veterans Business Outreach Program is an OVBD initiative that oversees Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) across the country. This small business program features a number of success stories and offers business plan workshops, concept assessments, mentorship, and training for eligible veterans.
VTROC is a one -stop shop for our U.S. Military members who are ready to enter the workforce. Curing the starvation within a feast of non-profit transitional organizations, VTROC brings together these organizations to better assist with successful job readiness and placements. After years of research VTROC staff are able to provide our veterans with:
- Resume Writing – transitioning our veterans resumes from military to civilian language
- Job Placements – help in finding the perfect career, not just settling for a 9 to 5 job.
- Non – Profit Collaborations – have a completed degree and know the path you want to forge? VTROC can connect you with the right non-profit organization to achieve your career goals.
Financial Readiness Workshops –
Our youngest Veterans are the most educated generation, and most technologically sophisticated generation, in our nation’s history. They are literally transforming communication, transforming commerce and transforming whole business models. However, a recent study completed by USAA, shows millennials (those born between 1981 – 1997) are considered the most financially ill-prepared generation in our nation’s history. They are missing some of those basic skills – skills like spend less than you earn, put money away each month for retirement, and for a rainy-day fund, protect yourself and your family and your belongings, and prepare basic estate-planning documents.
VTROC has partnered with United Services Automobile Association (USAA) to provide monthly workshops to provide financial readiness support.
Over 50,000 veterans are currently homeless, while 1 in 10 veterans are coming home from deployments disabled, with our nation watching nearly 20 veterans commit suicide everyday. VTROC is taking a step forward to provide these additional resources:
Stand Down and Homeless Events
In partnership with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans once a quarter VTROC will conduct a “Stand Down” event. The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program will be successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans. This will also be utilized as a recruiting tool to identify our homeless veterans and get them rehabilitated into society.
On top of our stand down events VTROC also provides our homeless Veterans with the gift of survival every winter season by providing them with backpacks filled with everyday necessities through our Backpacks for Heroes Campaign. Each backpack includes clothing, winter weather gear, toiletries and a brand new pair of boots.
In conjunction with the Veterans Administration VTROC as adopted the “Be There” out cry. We all can take action to help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Suicide prevention can start with one simple act of support. Along with this daily exercise VTROC provides hotlines, resources, and monthly workshops for suicide prevention / awareness.
250,000 VA Disability claims were processed in 2017 as reported by the VA Administration. Preparing and submitting these VA Disability claims can be arduous and time consuming. If not done correctly the claim will be rejected and valuable time will be lost. VA claims currently take 16 – 20 weeks to process. For this reason, we have taken the strain out of the situation and allied with local Veteran Service Officers who are appropriately trained and certified by the Veteran’s Administration to help complete these claims on behalf of veterans.