In the coming weeks, several organizations will be hosting job fairs for veterans and military spouses. One of the leading organizations sponsoring hiring fairs across the county is RecruitMilitary. So far, the organization has scheduled over 50 free hiring fairs across the country, including two events on January 26th (Las Vegas, NV & Nashville, TN).
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes Job Fairs also continue in 2012, with three events remaining in January (Knoxville, TN on 1/24 and Alexandria, LA and Longmont, CO on 1/26). Click here for a full list of scheduled events.
In addition to Veterans and their families looking for work, there may be positive news for Veteran owned businesses as well. The Wall Street Journal reports that more states are implementing processes to allocate state and local contracts to veteran owned businesses. 23 states currently offer some type of preferential contracting process for veteran-owned businesses and legislation is moving in many more.
If veteran-businesses are able to secure even a small portion of state and local contracts, it can mean bug business. For example, the WSJ piece reports that, “Between July 2009 and July 2010, California spent $213 million on businesses owned by disabled veterans, or around 3.7% of the state’s $5.8 billion procurement budget.”
In a difficult economy, many veterans are opening their own businesses. State and local governments will be well served in forging partnerships with these leaders and entrepreneurs.
Tags: Hiring our Heroes, job fairs, RecruitMilitary, US Chamber of Commerce, veteran owner businesses, veterans
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