PRESS RELEASE - Veterans are making their own jobs in So. Cal

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2016


Entrepreneur Brigades Are Drawing Women Veterans
Out of Isolation in Southern California.

New program seeks veterans and military spouses for 2016 roster.


Los Angeles – October 6, 2016 - Four business development centers (and counting) are hosting informal incubators to inspire military women to start a business. The transition from employee to job-creator starts with a 4-week course based on the GUIDED Business Plan™ | Military CEO (chief everything officer) curriculum. It continues along a pipeline of support that includes strategic business planning, professional networking for women veterans, and access to high-powered guest speakers. has links to class locations, meetup schedules, resources and entrepreneur inspiration. Veterans with a viable concept and a sound business plan will be eligible to apply for grants and loans from participating organizations. The team is setting the foundation to expand the program throughout California and the United States.


Our goal is to increase entrepreneur opportunities for veterans and military spouses through education, mentoring and introductions via a monitored support system. With almost 1 million veterans and several military bases, the region between Los Angeles and San Diego is fertile ground to cultivate veteran-owned businesses. We are positioning our program as the next phase after a Boots to Business class. Participants will build their business network to foster customer referrals and meet with a variety of guest speakers including representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


“Some veterans have a difficult time finding meaningful employment in their transition to civilian life. Entrepreneurship offers veterans – and especially women veterans and veterans with disabilities – increased opportunities to maximize their strengths and skills,” said Claudia Viek, Chief Executive Officer of CAMEO (California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity).


CAMEO’s Women Veteran Entrepreneur’s Network (WOVEN) was the catalyst for these veteran-centric business development classes. Earlier this year, the WOVEN program held community courses in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego to connect participants with resources to launch their companies.


Melanie Rae, founder of entrepreneur education firm Guided Business Plan is heading up the recruitment efforts. Veterans simply commit to growing their business and we prepare them for the realities of business ownership. We offer co-ed and female-oriented courses. More information:   



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