GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Military veterans looking for jobs or interested in building a business can get some help with two upcoming events.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will host “Hiring Our Heroes,” a job fair for veterans and military spouses on Sept. 6.
The hiring fair will take take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Walker, at 2500 Turner Ave. NW
More than 50 employers, from corporate giants to smaller regional companies, are expected to participate, with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience.
The hiring fair will also include a free employment workshop at 8:30 a.m. to offer tips on resume writing, interview skills and job search techniques.
Hiring Our Heroes has held more than 770 job fairs across the country since 2011, resulting in more than 1,500 companies hiring 24,000 veterans and military spouses.
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In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. More than 1,400 businesses have pledged to hire 460,000 heroes, and there has been more than 275,000 confirmed hires.
Interested job seekers should pre-register online at hiringourheroes.org. Veterans must provide proof of service.
The 9th Annual Veterans Business Conference is geared to veterans who are providing jobs.
The 9th Annual VET Conference/Meet & Greet presented by VetBizCentral, Inc. will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cascade Township, at 5700 East 28th St. SE.
Major corporations, suppliers and federal and state agencies are taking part in the conference. Representatives from Ford, General Motors, Delphi, Takata, DTE, MSU, Kellogg Company, Herman Miller, Spartan Stores, Lear Corporation and VA Medical will be take part in the “Meet & Greet” portion of the event.
The conference is an opportunity for companies, large and small, to connect with suppliers, corporations and their fellow veterans, said Matt Sherwood, executive director of VetBizCentral, Inc.
“It is also a unique chance to learn valuable information from fellow veterans who are major suppliers,” said Sherwood. “Many veteran-owned companies focus on government contracting, but there is another world available in the corporate sector.”
The conference will include a general session on veteran verification and four breakout morning sessions: “Doing Business with the State,” Marketing,” “Winning that Federal Contract” and “What the OSDBU Does for Small Business.”
This event is sponsored in part by Kellogg Company, Delphi, Ford, General Motors and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Cost is $35 for those who register at vetbizsales.org by Oct. 1, and then the fee is $45. Lunch is included.
Shandra Martinez covers business for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email her or follow her on Twitter @shandramartinez.
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