The national unemployment rate for recent military veterans is higher than the national average at around 10 percent, according to the Council of Economic Advisors. In Tennessee, there is an upcoming event that will help our local veterans find employment and educational opportunities.
Beginning with a reception on January 27, 2014, the Tennessee Veterans Business Association will host their 2014 Annual Business and Education Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center. This is fourth annual expo. The keynote speaker for the dinner is former Blue Angels Solo-Pilot and Narrator Scott "Yogi" Beare.
Starting on Jan. 28, 2014 at 8 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., the Expo with feature a business and education showcase with more than 145 exhibitors and a career opportunity expo. There is also a Business Plan competition with a $5,000 cash prize followed by a reception. Over 145 exhibitors are expected.
There will also be booths to help veterans find information on continuing education.
A Navy veteran with ten years service, Jonathan Williams founded the Tennessee Veterans Business Association when, while starting his first business post separation, he found a lack of mentors for veterans. Mr. Williams now serves as chairman of the organization and has put together a Board of Directors to help guide the organization.
Mr. Williams says that "Being in the military taught me the value of teamwork, leadership, and most importantly - follow through. Many people have ideas, but few take the time or the risk to follow through. The military teaches you that mission accomplishment comes above all else, and starting a business or a non-profit takes a large amount of follow-though."