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Job Training Offered to Military Personnel

by and on September 18, 2016 5:00 AM

With the qualities of leadership, risk taking, discipline and teamwork, it's no wonder 10 percent of all small business owners in America are veterans. Realizing that just 1 percent of the U.S. population are veterans proves how important the country's servicemen and servicewomen are to the economy.

In an effort to tap into that demographic, the Penn State Small Business Development Center and the Centre County Office of Veterans Affairs are teaming up to offer entrepreneurship training, free of cost, to active military personnel, including National Guard members and reservists, and their spouses. The training will be divided into two half-day sessions — Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 9.

"For the first event, we're going to have business consultants, local accountants and bankers to talk with the veterans about how to start a business and the steps needed to make it successful," said Heather McWhorter, of the PSSBDC. She said this session will also include an introduction to entrepreneurship and business, getting into business, idea foundation, business plan 101, market landscape and economics and accounting.

"In between the two session, we want the veterans to work to develop a business plan," McWhorter said. "Then, they can bring that plan to the November event and have some experts to discuss it with them."

Topics during the Nov. 9 session will include business teamwork, business plan 202, financing the start-up, resources and veteran services and a panel discussion.

"This is the first time we're doing something like this and we're excited to see the results," said McWhorter.

Those completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Both events will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at The 329 Building, Innovation Park, Suite 115 A&B, 329 Innovation Blvd., State College. Register at

For more information, call (814) 863-4293.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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