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Entrepreneur tips & resources for business downturn

The Texas Veterans Commission’s Entrepreneur Program offers the following tips and resources to small businesses to face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business downturn.

Brainstorm creative ideas. Phone a friend, Zoom a business mentor, call a family conference.  Do not underestimate ideas of young children and teens whose tech savvy ideas may be just the right out-of-the box idea that moves your business forward.

Review business finances and cash flow. What expenses can be cut, suspended, or ...

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Peer helps released justice involved veteran with employment, mental health, back pay & more

After serving 20 years in prison, a Tyler area veteran who had not applied for his benefits was released. He persevered to receive his benefits and transition back into the community with the help of the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN).

“I got to see this veteran’s journey from before he was released from prison, to when he started corresponding with the Peer Service Coordinator (PSC), up to today when he got confirmation of his back pay,” said Erin McGann, ...

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Employment Services Awards

Veteran Employment Services annually presents Employer Awards to business and organizations demonstrating a strong commitment to employing veterans and for effective veteran employment initiatives. The following businesses and organizations were awarded for their dedication to veteran employment in 2019.

Large Employer Award  (251+ employees)
Allied Universal (AU)-Texas, Houston, TX
The company had a workforce of over 5000 of which 14% are veterans. They hired 1700 individuals ...

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$880,788 in emergency funding grants approved for veteran services organizations

As of April 20, 2020, $880,788 in additional, emergency grant funding from the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) has been approved to 16 organizations providing veterans services across the state. The additional funds are to assist with increased service demands brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Organizations receiving the supplemental funding were previously approved to receive grants by the FVA in the current grant cycle. The FVA awards annual grants to non-profit organizations and local ...

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Business relief resources available for COVID-19 impact

Texas veteran business owners are facing multiple challenges as entrepreneurs brought on by the Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency. For business owners, resources are available to help provide relief to the impact caused by the state of emergency including the following.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business guidance and loan resources. For more information click on SBA COVID-19 resources.

The Texas Women’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched the AssistHer COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant. The grant is to assist ...

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Claims assistance continues on, $280K+ in examples below

A Blue Water Navy Agent Orange compensation for a Kerrville area veteran and a correction on a form for a San Antonio area veteran highlight veterans’ Claims successes in March.

In Kerrville, Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Tammi Franklin’s work with a veteran on a Blue Water Navy claim resulted in the veteran being awarded $39,350 annually, plus $227,011 in retroactive compensation. The veteran previously had no claims benefits compensation.

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Travel with Trekking with TVC

Travel with Trekking with TVC to southeast Texas and meet Hilary Guest, an Army veteran and Jefferson County Veterans Service Officer. To serve the many veterans in his area, Guest and his team have offices in Beaumont and Port Arthur. They help veterans, their spouses and dependents file compensation claims, dependency claims, and more. Guest extends the invitation to “Come down and see what benefits you can get.” Watch the video, click VCSO.

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