Veteran-Owned Business Resources
It’s easy to appreciate military personnel when they’re still in the service. However, far too many people forget how important it is to continue supporting veterans after their service is over. Becoming aware of and actively supporting a veteran-owned business is a great way to show your ongoing gratitude. The following tips and resources can help you get started.
- Identify Qualifying Businesses
Don’t worry if you’re not quite sure off the top of your head which of the businesses in your area are veteran-owned. There are lots of resources out there that can help, like BuyVeteran.com to name just one amazing example. Make it a point to consult those resources when you’re out of town as well so that you can continue to support veterans wherever your travels may take you.
- Spread the Word
Making it a point to regularly patronize a veteran-owned business or establishment is a great start, but spreading the word is even more helpful. Talk up those establishments to your friends, family, and social media circles so that they can get in on the action as well. Sharing resources that help veterans who might be interested in entrepreneurship (like PathFinder.vet) is another great way to help.
- Hire Veterans
Did you know that unemployment is a huge problem for American veterans? If you own your own business, go out of your way to hire veterans looking for work. Recommend that other business owners in your circle do the same. Help potential candidates that might be looking for work know you’re dedicated to helping veterans by posting listings for open jobs on sites like VetJobs.com. You can find even more resources for helping vets on the official U.S. Department of Labor website.
- Offer Mentorship to Veterans
If you’re a business owner yourself, then you know all too well what it’s like when you’re first starting out. Sometimes you just need a helping hand or a little sage advice from someone who’s been there. Go out of your way to offer those things to would-be veteran entrepreneurs by becoming a mentor. Programs like Score.org or EmentorProgram.org can help you reach out to people who could really use your help.
Thanking veterans for their service is definitely a commendable way to show your gratitude for all they’ve done, but actually supporting a veteran-owned business is even better. How are you helping veterans in your area make the transition to civilian life?