The Department of Veterans Affairs and our hiring partners at Amazon, Chamber of Commerce, National Veteran Small Business Coalition, and The Manufacturing Institute will be here on July 28th at 3PM EST.

You may ask questions to the following people;
Gina Klaus, Program Analyst, VBA, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
PO1 Nathan Williamson, Veterans Benefits Administration, Office of Transition and Economic Development
CPT Chanel Bankston-Carter, VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Director Strategic Outreach and Communications
Robyn Trulock, Outreach Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Veteran Readiness and Employment Program
Mona Dexter, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes, Chief of Staff, Senior Director Operations and Communications
SP5 Scott Denniston, National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC), Executive Director
CPO (Join to see), Amazon Global Military Affairs, Sr. Program Manager
Babs Chase, The Manufacturing Institute, Vice President, Military and Veterans Programs
Cpl Ray Milano, Director, Veterans Business Outreach Center Program at U.S. Small Business Administration
Stan Kurtz, Director, Policy and Engagement, U.S. Small Business Administration

Veteran Readiness and Employment-
Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans and Servicemembers in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

VA's Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Veterans and Servicemembers to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.

OSDBU advocates for Veterans to gain access to economic opportunities by developing policies and programs, improve market research, increase direct access and maximize the participation of procurement ready SDVOSBs and VOSBs in federal contracting.

The Global Military Affairs team is focused on hiring, developing, and retaining the best and the brightest military talent available for positions within Amazon through various programs and initiatives. We seek to be the earth’s most military friendly company by also improving the lives of veterans, their families, and our communities through innovative solutions.

Heroes MAKE America:
Heroes MAKE America is The Manufacturing Institute’s initiative to build connections between the military community and the manufacturing industry. Our signature training program provides our participants with the skills and certifications needed to find and excel in careers in manufacturing. Our program is open to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard, reservists and military spouses. In addition, all are welcome to join us for Heroes Connect: Military to Manufacturing where we virtually connect talent from the military community with manufacturers who are hiring today. We are committed to making today’s American Heroes tomorrow’s manufacturing leaders.

DOL VETS: http://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets and http://www.veterans.gov
DOL resources to help workers and employers: http://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
Unemployment Compensation FAQs: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/VETS/files/unemployment-benefits-for-student-veterans-fact-sheet.pdf
HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program: http://www.HIREVets.gov
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SGT David Cook
CPT. Chanel Bankston - Carter I am wanting to start my own business but I cannot get a loan for the equipment I need to start without having already started a business and I would like to know if their are grants for disabled veterans or are there any other programs i ight be able to use?
SP5 Scott Denniston
SP5 Scott Denniston
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Many small businesses are started with personal funds, family funds and/or credit cards. Susan is correct a business plan is vital. Most small businesses fail due to inadequate planning. Good place to go for help is your local Small Business Development Center funded in part by SBA. Find yours at americassbdc.org.
CPT Chanel Bankston-Carter
CPT Chanel Bankston-Carter
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The agency that can provide grants/loans is SBA. Here is the link: https://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/grants contains. After getting your business up and going, contact http://www.va.gov/osdbu for assistance with verification and doing business with VA.• VA’s Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP): http://www.va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/index.asp provides direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.
Cpl Ray Milano
Cpl Ray Milano
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There are many lenders and loan programs available to start-up businesses. The key is to identify the right lender, loan program and develop a viable business plan and financial projections. Local, no cost business advisors can be found at http://www.sba.gov/localassistance , http://www.sba.gov/vboc or http://www.sba.gov/ovbd You can also connect with me at [login to see]
Capt Arthur Baux
Capt Arthur Baux
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
CWO2 Jay Callihan
CWO2 Jay Callihan
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Hello, Q and A with whom?
Andi Martinez
Andi Martinez
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Hi! please see list of organizations and names at the top of the page. Please post your question here! Typed chat - no audio.
SPC Douglas Bolton
Good one.

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