The job market for Veterans has shown some promising signs of strength, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting up now. Instead, we’re piling on—focusing on securing the gains in veteran employment this summer with two important events.
The first is the National Veterans Small Business Conference, which is hitting St. Louis August 6-8. The conference will bring the top entrepreneurial talent to instruct Veteran business-owners on best practices and give the low-down on complex operations like federal contract procurement. Veteran business owners bring in $1.6 billion in revenue and employ 1.3 million Americans, so this event is a huge boon to not only Veteran entrepreneurs, but for the country as well.
The second event is a considerable showing of Hiring Our Heroes in the middle of the conference, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will be out in full force on Tuesday, August 6, at the America’s Center with dozens of employers looking to hire Veterans in the public and private sectors.
The event is part of a larger effort led by the Chamber to inject momentum into the national Veteran hiring movement. There have been more than 500 job fairs to date across the country, leading to nearly 20,000 jobs for Veterans and military spouses. If you can’t make it to St. Louis this summer, there might be one near you.
As I’ve traveled across America, I meet Veterans who are motivated to get in the arena and revitalize the nation, from students graduating on the GI Bill to entrepreneurs on the cusp of launching the next Fortune 500 Company. They are more than capable of success, and these events will provide them with the tools to get them there so that they can flourish—give back when we need them the most.
Photo courtesy U.S. Chamber of Commerce