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Be Your Own Boss – Entrepreneurial Training for Veterans

Perhaps you saw the article today in the Florida Times Union, talking about the lack of job opportunities for veterans. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Jacksonville is a good place, employers figure, for companies looking to hire veterans.

For military veterans looking for work, though, sticking around the area doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

About 30 companies showed up at a military-focused job fair Thursday looking for veterans who had worked on ship engines, guarded perimeters or were just used to showing up on time for work.

The event at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium was the largest nonmilitary-affiliated, veterans-focused job fair held in the city this year. Unlike several of the smaller ones, Thursday’s fair had employers looking to fill specific positions as well as find possible workers for openings down the road.

But those jobs, for the most part, weren’t on the First Coast.

“There’s not a lot of local jobs,” said Charles Baldwin, an Air Force veteran who’s been out of work for about a month. “A lot of things I looked at are out of state, out of the country.”

-Story by Timothy J. Gibbons

How timely. If nobody is hiring, it is time to explore working for yourself!

WorkSource has gotten together with the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida to make entrepreneurial training available to veterans at a significantly reduced cost. If you are a veteran and ever thought about starting your own business, this program is for you. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate.


Veterans Entrepreneurial Training

V.E.T. is a business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business.
V.E.T. participants work on their own business ideas or ventures throughout the five week course – moving their ventures to reality or new levels of growth.
The SBDC at UNF is able to offer this opportunity to you at a significantly discounted registration fee to Veterans through the generous support of WorkSource Florida.
We are offering the V.E.T. Training at two different locations. When registering please let us know which location you would prefer:
Mondays, June 29, July, 6, 13, 20, 27
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Tuesdays, June 30, July, 7, 14, 21, 28
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
WorkSource-Fleming Island
1845 Town Center Blvd. Suite 150
Fleming Island, FL 32003
The price for Service Disabled Veterans is $25 and $50 for Veterans.
To attend in this workshop participants must provide a copy of their DD214 and
service related disability letter (if applicable) to the SBDC at UNF prior to the start
of the first session.
To register call the SBDC at (904) 620-2476 or
WorkSource at (904) 213-3888 ext. 2073
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