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Flags, Fireworks and Parades for The 4th of July

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting home – alone.  Well not exactly, Michael Franks is playing in the background as I reflect on the past week.  I attended the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  That was quite the experience, but I’ll share that story with you a little later.

I’d just started getting into the saxophone solo on Eighteen Aprils when I was startled back into reality by what sounded like a firecracker.  Impossible, this is inside city limits and no firecrackers or ordnance of any type will be discharged inside city limits, right?  Oh well, I guess we’re just getting an early start on the annual fireworks that accompany most 4th of July celebrations.

When I went to check mail this morning I saw a small U.S. flag sticking in the ground near our mailbox.  As I looked down our street, I noticed that each yard had a similar flag sticking in the ground near their mailboxes as well.  A sure tell tale sign that we’re getting ready to celebrate the 4th.  My neighborhood has done this for as long as I can remember.  We will also have a neighborhood/community parade.

While these are all very nice ways to celebrate our Independence Day, let me offer something else for you to consider.  Walk up to a service member and say “Thank You.”     Thank you for “standing in the gap” and providing the freedoms we enjoy yesterday, today and tomorrow.  If you’re a business owner or executive with hiring authority, offer the Veteran a job.  Can we do this?

 

See you on the high ground!

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8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is just around the corner.  As of this writing, it is slightly more than 2 months away.  I am especially excited about attending the conference again this year as the organizers are projecting over 6,000 participants will attend.  Detroit, here we come!

The National Veterans Conference continues to grow each year.  That means that more and more Veterans are accepting the Vetrepreneur calling and starting and growing businesses.  Many important topics will be discussed at this year’s conference.  I doubt any discussions will be more passionate than those around the SD/VOSB verification process and the Veterans First Contracting Program.

The Veteran Owned Business movement is gaining momentum and more and more people are supporting the Buy Veteran campaign.  The country and big business are warming to the idea that Small Business in general and Veteran-Owned Small Business specifically is the economic engine that will drive our recovery.

The Obama administration has placed special emphasis on training programs aimed at teaching Veterans how to start, grow and run successful businesses.  There are a number of Veteran Entrepreneurship Training programs around the country that provide quality training.  One of the better programs is right here in Dallas – Momentum Texas, Inc.

There will be more information and discussion about the National Veterans Conference, as we get closer to the actual event.  In the meantime, “keep your powder dry.”

 

See you on the high ground! 

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