Nominations White House Champions of Change DEADLINE June 24
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Posted by: Suzanne Gerstner
and Fellow Veterans,
share this information with your networks, this is an important call for
nomination for the White House Champion of Change for
Research demonstrates that Veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no
active-duty military experience to be self-employed and are twice as likely to
succeed. As Entrepreneurs and small businesses are a big driver of our national
economy, Veterans offer our country skill sets that make them uniquely well
suited for success as entrepreneurs. According to the most recent U.S.
census data, nearly one in 10 small businesses are veteran-owned. These
businesses generate over $1.2 trillion in receipts annually and employ nearly
5.8 million Americans. It is in the best interest of our country to tap
into this incredible resource of Veterans to identify ways to help them succeed
as entrepreneurs who fuel job growth and expand opportunity for all Americans.
In an effort to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in our
servicemembers, the President launched Boots to Business – an intensive
entrepreneurship education program for transitioning service members to learn
how to start a small business. Boots to Business is delivered by the
Small Business Administration and to date has trained more than 6,000
transitioning servicemembers on how to start a business. The training
also includes information regarding the network of available resources, such as
access to capital.
Please help identify and honor Veteran entrepreneurs and Veteran
spouses who are entrepreneurs or organizations that support Veteran
entrepreneurs by nominating a Champion of Change for Veteran
midnight on June 24th. Nominees may include:
who have started a for-profit or non-profit business.
spouses who have started their own business.
that support veteran entrepreneurs by providing them with skills, capital,
or other necessary resources.
Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose Veteran
Entrepreneurship in the "Theme of Service" field of the nomination
Nominate a Veteran
Entrepreneurship Champion of Change
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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