Planning for the future

Over the past few years, Nashville has grown. This cosmopolitan boom has created a breeding ground of opportunity for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. In addition, Nashville has become an ideal city for Veterans to set down roots. When there is an economy supporting local businesses and a population supporting Veterans, the two merge to create Vetpreneurs.

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) estimates there are 3 million Veteran-owned businesses across the United States. When questioned about the attractiveness of Veteran business owners, Founder and President Chris Hale states, “They’re drug free, they’re healthy, they’re willing to relocate, they’ve got a lot of leadership, they’re very, very diverse, [and they have] teamwork under pressure.” The values most people find in a successful business, successful leader, successful employee are the same values found in soldiers serving in the United States Army.

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage make up the core values of any soldier serving in the Army. These values are instilled in every person, beginning not in basic training, but from the first initial meeting with a recruiter. Some people walk into a recruiter’s office fully understanding the weight and scope of benefits the Army provides during and after service. Some even join the Army with the intent of separating and using their benefits to their advantage. However, more people are unaware of how a commitment of a minimum of two years, can set budding entrepreneurs on a path to success in the future.

There are more than 150 available career paths in Army. More than 150 different ways to become highly skilled, professionally developed, and proficiently trained in many areas relating to the civilian marketplace. Business professionals pay thousands and thousands of dollars for the type of leadership development and professional connections forged in the Army. Joining the Army provides all of the necessary tools for success, but for no financial cost. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have also made a commitment to helping Vetpreneurs succeed in their community.

If you’re interested in making a future investment in the Nashville community, consider joining the United States Army today.

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