Each year, roughly 200,000 service members transition out of the military.  100 Entrepreneurs is one small stepping stone among many to help wounded veterans, spouses and caregivers transition into civilian life.  Our participants heard from several other programs and organizations that support the transition in our September classes. Check out our video highlights!

Claire Witko, Director of the Dog Tag Bakery Fellowship Program, plus 12 current Fellows and an Alumni, Fallon Williams, joined us to talk about their business education program offered in association with Georgetown University to wounded veterans, spouses and caregivers.  This five-month program helps build the skills and knowledge base to navigate the civilian business world, and provides mentors for a wide range of industries.

Pamela Hess, Executive Director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, joined us.  They want to help veterans and active duty personnel who are interested in farming with education and hands on experience, through the Arcadia Veteran Farming programs.  They have both a full time and a part time year long program.  They also offer various ways to experience agricultural opportunities through Arcadia.

Michael Ball from Serving Together talked to participants about their program to help veterans navigate all of the local services and support organizations in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland area.  Instead of finding and signing up for each program individually, Serving Together enables service members to find and connect through them to all relevant organizations.

One out of seven franchisees in the US is a veteran.  Franchisors are recruiting veterans by offering special discounts, through VetFran.  Faizun Kamal talked to 100 Entrepreneurs about franchises and how to find the right franchise, out of the 3,000 plus options, with a franchise consultant.  We also interviewed Faizun for the 100 Entrepreneurs Podcast to find out more about franchising.

Of course, there are so many other great resources and opportunities for wounded veterans.  Wounded Warrior Project joins us at many of our classes to talk about their programs.  Companies like Turner Construction are recruiting combat veterans for jobs in their organizations.

100 Entrepreneurs will be hearing from other speakers in October and November, including entrepreneurs who started their own businesses and business experts.  We will be in Bethesda on Tuesday, October 16 and at Ft. Belvoir on Wednesday, October 24.  Lunches are from noon to 1:30 PM.  The fall class schedule is provided below in this newsletter.  We hope to see you there!

Best regards!

Bob Nilsson
Founder, 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation, Inc