Through Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services' Operation Vetrepreneurs, we offer solutions to expand funding streams for veteran entrepreneurs by partnering with financial institutions on reaching veterans with small business funding, planning, and mentorship programs.
As an element of one of our five focus areas, Expanding Funding Streams for Veteran Entrepreneurs, Operation Vetrepreneur is assisting military veterans start and sustain their own businesses.
Our team uses research and experience to provide influence, share ideas, and build & sustain actions that organizations use to impact veterans. To this end, it is important for lenders and investors to understand the potential that veteran entrepreneurs have as drivers of the economy. Dixon Center has trained financial managers, lenders, mentors, and others in how to leverage the entrepreneurial energy of veterans and assist them in overcoming the obstacles they face as they start a small business.
Our work with organizations and individuals recognizes that these are long term commitments and that sometimes veterans decide to pursue their entrepreneur dreams years after transition. That said, the skills that made veterans successful in the military – leadership, teamwork, adaptability, and perseverance – are the same skills found in successful entrepreneurs.
You can learn more about the challenges transitioning veterans face, as well as our work with partners, who, with our ongoing support, integrate veterans into their existing programs, during our podcast, Service Before Self, Episode 007: It Is Never Too Early to Think About Your Future After the Military with Anne Meree Craig.
In this episode Dixon Center VP of Programs and Services, Colonel (Ret.) Sam Whitehurst, your host, is joined by Anne Meree Craig, who serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of the COMMIT Foundation. Together they discuss her story and describe how the foundation helps high-performance service members find their purpose and become contributing members of their communities.
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