Veterans Florida was created by the Florida Legislature in 2014 to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Since 2016, participants in our entrepreneurship program have opened 121 businesses. Our workforce grant has helped hire and train 500 veterans in new careers, with salaries totaling $16 million.
We are focused exclusively on economic development in the military/veteran community. Employment is one of the largest concerns for transitioning service members. Helping them find a career or start a business significantly improves the transition to civilian life.
In June, we held the inaugural Veterans Florida Expo in Orlando, featuring speakers, a career/benefits fair, and a Shark Tank-style pitch competition with recent graduates of our entrepreneurship program competing for funding. We had more than 250 veterans and spouses in attendance, 19 employers, six resource partners, and five sponsors. In a post-event survey, 93 percent of attendees said they would recommend next year’s Expo to other veterans.
We provide powerful tools for veterans and their spouses to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in Florida.
Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that utilize their specialized military skills. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.
The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the tools needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running, we keep them connected with mentors and resources.
Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.
What Would You Do with $5,000 and a Day of Service?
We would spend $5,000 expanding our outreach efforts to reach more veterans with our assistance and services.