Maryland is home to over 50,000 veteran owned small businesses and now Facebook is helping those businesses succeed with some new tools.
More than 900,000 people in the United States are part of more than 2000 military groups on Facebook. These groups cover active military, veterans and their spouses. Facebook, together with veteran owned businesses around the country, announced three new initiatives to help active military and veterans continue to build their community, find job opportunities and enhance their digital skills through Facebook.
The Military and Veterans Hub which is a one-stop resource for small business owners. This hub will give veterans access to digital skills training, upcoming events, military job tools section, and military skills jobs translator.
Facebook will also be partnering with SCORE, matching veterans and military members with a mentor to help them succeed, "Veterans and the military use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family,” said Payton Iheme, U.S. Public Policy Manager at Facebook. “Now, we’re introducing a Military and Veterans Hub to support this community and help them find job opportunities and enhance their digital skills. Our partnership with SCORE will provide veterans and their families with the business education and experienced mentoring they need to start or grow their business.”
A test is also being done on a 12-month career development pilot program for veterans that have a specific background in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science. The goal is to find people with these skills to help solve global challenges.