The efforts of VOB Ohio and the SBDC at Wright State University recently made it into a story in the Cleveland Business News. This just goes to show how far reaching the message can go when the effort is for a good cause. If you are a veteran and have not taken advantage of the extensive resources available for entrepreneurship, you need to contact our office at 937-775-3503 or approach your nearest SBDC office. We are here to help.
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While the nightly news continues to report on the employment challenges faced by veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, several new and helpful resources have been created for employers. These resources address the main issues identified by HR professionals as obstacles to hiring individuals who are transitioning out of the military.
Resources addressing concerns about post-traumatic stress and other injuries
Using SHRM survey data, the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command created an employer toolkit and ten minute video and supporting materials to knock down hurdles that SHRM research identified as possible impediments to success including:
- Misperceptions about PTSD and what it means in the workplace;
- Misperceptions about the cost of accommodations for wounded veterans; and
- Difficulty translating military skills into civilian jobs.
The U.S. Army’s goal is to encourage discussion about veteran injuries and answer any questions that HR executives may have so they, in turn, can better educate managers and others that may have concerns. The resources are available online:
- Link to the 10-minute video, Hire a Veteran: Obstacles & Solutions, at: http://www.wtc.army.mil/employers/index.html.
- Link to a 2-minute promotional preview trailer of the video. This can be sent to colleagues inviting them to a group showing of the 10-minute video followed by discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYVkGsFfZVc.
Resources addressing where to find qualified job candidates
HR professionals often cite difficulty finding job-seekers with the right skill set as an obstacle to hiring employees with a military background. To streamline employer access to 60,000 unemployed National Guard members, the National Guard asked Center for America to create the nonprofit American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign.
This free service enables employers to post jobs at no cost for direct access by hundreds of state National Guard employment counselors who actively match job candidates with the employer’s job requirements. Employers receive tailored help in screening candidates and understanding how military training and experience relates to the job requirements. Read more about this free direct placement service and how to participate at www.CenterForAmerica.org/pledge/ng/ajah_mm.html.
This service complements Heroes 2 Hired, a job board and information center created by the Department of Defense and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, available at www.H2H.jobs.
U.S. Veteran’s Affairs Veterans Employment Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also recently revamped its information for employers and HR professionals. The newly-organized resource is available at http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/ and features an employer toolkit, resource directory, and helpful information about military culture and experience.
These new tools provide key information for HR seeking to build a diverse talent pool that includes the talents of veterans, Guard and Reservists.
Online Resources for Ohio Veterans
Ohio Department of Veteran Services website: http://dvs.ohio.gov/
The following is a list of courses offered through the Vetrepreneur Academy, designed for Veteran Entrepreneurs.
An Introduction to Academy:
June 5, 2012
“So you want to Start a Business”
Creating a Business Plan:
June 5, 2012
How to develop a professional business plan
Introduction to Sales:
June 12, 2012
How do I sell my product or service
Marketing for the 21st Century:
June 19, 2012
Using state of the art techniques to promote my business
Veteran Alliance Programs:
June 26, 2012
Assistance in promoting my veteran owned business to the business world
Setting Up Business Accounting
July 10, 2012
How to properly setup an accounting system
Financial Management for the Business Owner
July 17, 2012
Financial decisions for the business owner
All classes are held in collaboration with:
- Dayton VOB 108
- Omnicom Solutions Group
- The Small Business Development Center at Wright State University
Location: Wright State University, Rike Hall
Day of Classes: Tuesdays
Time of Classes: 6-8pm
To register please call 877-299-0700 or email email@example.com. Please include name, mobile number and requested classes. These classes, valued at $500, are free to attend.
Each year, the SBDC at WSU provides a series of night classes geared toward helping veterans grow their business. Current business owners or veterans who want to start a business may attend. The classes are currently offered at no charge, meet once per week for two hours and provide skills in varying areas of business growth and management.
Next Academy: June, 2012 (Pre-requisite courses may begin in May)
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Contact for more information or to register: Omnicom Solutions Group – 877.299.0700 or SBDC 937.775.4761