There are currently 22 million veterans in the United States. These are some of the strongest and most talented individuals we have, yet roughly 5.2% of them remain unemployed. Additionally, only 9% of all small businesses are owned by Veterans. These rates are not due to our former soldiers’ lack of trying.
Recently, Chairman McKeon had the opportunity to speak at an event for an organization that has stepped in to reverse this trend and fulfill a need.
Warrior Rising is a nonprofit that is diligently working to gather “any and all who are willing to help Veteran entrepreneurs overcome the odds of an 80% failure rate and succeed after service.”
“I know firsthand how difficult it is to get a business off the ground and then see it grow into a successful venture,” Chairman McKeon said. “There are men and women who have sacrificed so much for this country and are ready to get down to work and build up a business. All some of them may need is a little guidance, which is why Warrior Rising is necessary.”
Warrior Rising connects Veterans to those who are prepared to help them succeed in the business world, whether that is through partnerships, mentoring, and even funding. It is through these connections that Veterans are able to learn business fundamentals that will propel their business to success.
Veterans already know how to effectively manage risk, operate under pressure, and succeed with limited resources. The difference-maker could simply be providing guidance on new business ventures, providing investment funding, or donating time to mentor a Veteran business-owner.
There are a number of start-up services available for Veterans through Warrior Rising. These services include the following:
- Business Training: helps Veterans create a business by providing them with basic information and business fundamentals.
- Incubator Experience: Warrior Rising will pair Veterans up with a University Business Incubator Program based on the viability of the idea and other personal growth needs.
- Economic Assistance: There are grants available to Veterans enabling them to kick off their new business ventures.
- Mentoring: Warrior Rising Mentors support Veteran entrepreneurs and serve as a matchmaker to bring together mentors and Veterans.
There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Warrior Rising project and assist a Veteran with their business endeavors. You can donate time by working as mentor. You can invest in a Veteran-owned business venture. Finally, you can simply donate money to Warrior Rising which will act as start-up funding for Veterans. To learn more, visit http://www.warriorrising.org/.