Military spouses looking to start their own business are encouraged to check out the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Virtual Launch Camp, which will be held Oct. 6, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Hosted by SEED SPOT and the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), this program is open to anyone who identifies as a military spouse.
MFAN and SEED SPOT have worked together in the past, including a Launch Camp in 2018.
"In MFAN's 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey, both those respondents who had started their own business and those who were deterred from doing so indicated that a lack of knowledge, experience and support were obstacles to their success (26.4% and 27.9% respectively)," said MFAN Executive Director Shannon Razsadin. "Partnering with SEED SPOT to address this identified pain point was an organic fit."
The launch camp, which will be held via Zoom, is perfect for those who are exploring the idea of starting a business, those ready to start raising capital and those who are ready to perfect their business model.
However, according to the website, if you've already raised capital and you're ready to start scaling your business, this isn't the event for you. But SEED SPOT has other opportunities if you're looking to scale or grow your businesses, or if you can't make this one.
There are 25 spots available for this event and, through the sponsorship of Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), it's 100% free for military spouse entrepreneurs.
The Launch Camp ends in a virtual community pitch event Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
"Participants will be invited to present their ventures to a live audience of attendees who are part of the Military Family Financial Readiness Coalition, to include nonprofit organizations, federal entities, bankers and many others who support and communicate with the military and veteran community to ensure their financial readiness and capability," said Randi Cairns communications manager for MFAN.
The pitch event is a showcase where all entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to present; however, there will be no prizes awarded. The pitch event is open to the public, you can register to attend that portion.
Interested in attending? Register for the Launch Camp here.
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This article was edited to clarify the full name of the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA) and their function.