Contributed by Bonnie L. Silver of B.L. Silver & Associates. One of the newest VOBs working with The Jonas Project.
In light of the recent Government shutdown and the continual influx of Veterans transitioning across America, where one may see lack of opportunity, The Jonas Project sees opportunity. This is an opportunity to support Veterans in owning their own businesses where they help the economy and support in hiring fellow Veterans in an array of capacities.
Many Veterans had previously found employment within the government agencies, but amidst the sequestration, furloughs and now the government shutdown, what was once an easy transitioning opportunity that provided security, is now not so appealing. More Veterans are looking at becoming their own boss. It’s well known that Veterans bring leadership, ingenuity, strength and determination to do whatever it takes to get the job done and Veterans are now seeing how they can bring all their many facets and skills to starting their own successful businesses. It allows them the opportunity to create environments that are best suited to their expertise and passion, while also allowing them to give back to their fellow Veterans by providing employment opportunities, which is a common desire of Veterans of all era’s.
The Jonas Project has been a blessing to many Veterans, including myself, allowing the support, platform and guidance to do just that, start a business. After having been unemployed for numerous years and then finding the opportunity to do independent consulting and contracting work, The Jonas Project saw an opportunity for me to create a business concept and create a plan to support organizations and companies in the areas of my expertise. I now have an opportunity that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, to become a self-employed business owner at this juncture.
It is exciting to be able to provide my consulting services to nonprofits and for profit companies in support of outreach, business development, fundraising and event services. My passion since exiting the military has been in support of our active duty members and Veterans, alike. There is a loyalty and camaraderie amongst Veterans that feels like home to me. There is also such a small percentage of our population that actually has stepped up to the plate and sacrificed for our amazing country and I honor those in all branches that have done so. It is truly a joy to serve my fellow Veterans and I can best reach the masses by offering my skill set and services to the many agencies, organizations and companies that are looking to accomplish various missions in regards to the Veteran community.
Next week it is an honor for me to head to Washington D.C. to support and represent The Jonas Project at The Hero Summit. I am honored to be one of the selected Veteran start-ups of 2013.