Want To Start Your Own Business? There’s Help, Especially For Veterans
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
VALLEY, Wash – Looking for work can be like finding a needle in a haystack these
days, especially for veterans who return from combat and need to readjust back
into civilian life.
a class starting up with the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce that can
NxLevel, and it's a 13-week class that meets once a week, designed for people
who want to create their own business.
Through the course, you develop a business plan and learn about key
aspects of running a business, including tax and legal issues, financial
planning and marketing.
involve people from the business community," said President & CEO Eldonna
Shaw of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. "Our trainers are trained business volunteers
and we also have trained experts from the chamber business community, so
[students] connect with a lot of good people that can be helpful to them when
they get their business started."
Kiver is one of the local veterans who have gone through the NxLevel
program. He's been deployed overseas
several times, and told KHQ a lot of veterans feel more comfortable working for
themselves rather than working a "9 to 5" for someone else. Plus, there are a lot of skills you learn in
the military that are easily transferrable to a civilian
has mechanics and welders, all the way up to veterinarians and doctors and
nurses assistants and surgeons and everything in between," Kiver said. "So if you are that veteran having a problem
finding a job, figure out what it is you were good at, or trained for, in the
military and go into business for yourself."
round of classes begin February 6th through the Greater Spokane
Valley Chamber of Commerce, and are open to the public. They're usually limited to roughly 15
people. Scholarships are available for
veterans, and are also available through the City of Spokane Valley for any
resident living in Spokane Valley.
demand for help is clear:
Spokane County right now, the unemployment rate is 7.7%, but among local
veterans age 18-64 it's higher, sitting at about 10%. That represents 1,726 veterans in Spokane
to statistics from the Department of Labor, in Kootenai County, 7.3% of veterans
are unemployed, and in the five northern counties, it's 8.3%. The highest is in Shoshone County, with a
veteran unemployment rate of 19.6%.
are a veteran with mental health issues and looking for work, the VA hospital
has resources just for you, through its "Veterans Supported Employment
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