Creative Solutions for Giving Every Veteran a Home

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11th, a national holiday that recognizes all the men and women who have risked their lives to serve the United States during war times, the National Equity Fund (NEF) directs our attention to the progress that is being made to provide housing for the nation’s homeless veterans.

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Celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11th!

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, but will be observed on the following Monday, a national holiday honoring all the men and women who have served in American wars with parades, speeches and a remembrance ceremony in Arlington, VA. The day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov.11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make the day an annual observance, before President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared Veterans Day a national holiday in 1954.

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Celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9th

With Veterans Day fast approaching, Americans are honoring the brave men and women who have not only served to protect our country but are now invaluable contributors to the community and economy. Next week, from November 5th to 9th, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be celebrating the of accomplishments veteran entrepreneurs, as well as service member and military spouse small business owners, during National Veterans Small Business Week.

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Women Veterans in Business: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Veterans are in the minority of the American workforce and female veterans are an even smaller subset of the population, however, the impact veterans and women veterans can make to society can be huge. This is a point made by NAWRB Magazine contributor and Army Veteran Erica Courtney as she moderated our panel Women Veterans in Business: Unique Challenges and Opportunities.

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Celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week!

National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) is dedicated to celebrating veteran, service member, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouse entrepreneurs from October 30 – November 3, 2017. Throughout the week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), alongside SBA district offices, resource partners and communities around the country, will host local and virtual events centered on “access to capital, federal and commercial procurement opportunities, and entrepreneurial training.”

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Female Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau studies female veterans’ transition from military to civilian life. Utilizing three different age snapshots—early-career (ages 18 to 34), mid-career (ages 35 to 44) and late-career (ages 45 to 64)—the report found that early-career female veterans were more likely than female nonveterans of the same age to be married, in the labor force, and have a child.

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Just Announced: Opening Keynote Speaker Monday, July 17th, 2017 8:30-9:30 a.m. “Lessons from Normandy, Alcatraz, & Pearl Harbor”

I am pleased to announce the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference Opening Keynote Speaker: Tanya Wattenburg Komas, Ph.D., Founding Director & CEO, Concrete Preservation Institute.

-Desirée Patno
NAWRB CEO and President

Dr. Tanya Komas delivers a highly motivational presentation of her Institute’s work to train and inspire active duty military service members for civilian careers in concrete, construction, and infrastructure while repairing landmark structures through CPI’s Field School programs at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor. Her early work with college students at the WWII D-day landing site at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France, led to development of the Field School and creation of the non-profit CPI foundation that serves as an official US military active duty Career Skills Program and partner of the US National Park Service.

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SBA Seeking Funding Proposals for Entrepreneurship Training for Service Members, Military Spouses and Veterans

Today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a release inviting funding proposals from state, local and tribal government agencies, institutions of higher learning and non-profit organizations to “provide ‘Boots to Business’ entrepreneurship training to service members, military spouses, and veterans.”

The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is hosting the competition, which will allow the SBA to administer the global Boots to Business program.  Providing “entrepreneurial education and training to military service members and spouses,” the program consists of an Introduction to Entrepreneurship two-day classroom course and a Foundations of Entrepreneurship eight-week, instructor led online course.

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