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Calendar >  Military Spouse Entrepreneur Program Launches

Military Spouse Entrepreneur Program Launches

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Women’s Incubator Program Hatches Bright Ideas In Cohort 3

Oceanside, CA — Military spouses and women were disproportionately impacted by the
Pandemic, with many forced out of the workplace. Many women desire to make a career pivot. The
National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, and the Oceanside Chamber of
Commerce have responded to this call to action by hosting the third cohort of its free business
incubator program.

The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program, which launches April 21st via Zoom, is helping to
train entrepreneurs to develop their part-time or full-time businesses. The three organizations are
providing training, technical assistance, mentorship, peer-to-peer support, and financial information.
“Starting a business takes commitment,” says Joseph Molina, the Executive Director and CEO of the
National Veterans Chamber of Commerce based in San Diego County. “An entrepreneurial mindset
and, most Importantly, knowing exactly what it is you want to do and what outcome (the “Why”) you
want to achieve is part of that commitment.” Entrepreneurs are hoping that starting their own business will help them to be their own boss and take control of their destiny.

“Our aim is that the women entrepreneurs will learn how to be ‘Pandemic’, ‘Recession’ proof, and
‘Portable’ by investing in themselves,” says the Chamber’s workforce development coordinator,
Victoria Carlborg.

An added benefit of the incubator is that each entrepreneur will receive in-person coaching and
mentoring will occur at the Oceanside Chamber’s office following the online training sessions.

“SCORE San Diego volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives
with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help
small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses,” says Laura Rau, Mentor and
Veteran Outreach Contact with SCORE San Diego Mentors. “We are grateful to be able to
collaborate with the Oceanside and the Veterans chambers with the incubator to help military
spouses and the veteran community succeed in business!”

The next cohort begins April 21st from 2:30-4 p.m. and continues April 28, May 5th and May 12th.
Participants can register here.

There are also plans to launch a youth-specific business incubator summer camp and business
attire donations are also needed for student mock interviews. For more information on participating
as a business owner, program trainer, or event sponsor, contact victoria@oceansidechamber.com.
Media interested in covering the launch or any aspect of the program for a features story are
welcome to contact Victoria Carlborg, as well.#

About the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce … Founded in 1896, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant community. It is celebrating 125 years of serving the Oceanside business community, as well as its active-duty service members serving aboard the adjacent Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Chamber recently launched a workforce development program to collaborate with regional training and education programs to ensure job seekers are receiving
employer-driven job training that produces enriching employment experiences.

About the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce … The National Veterans Chamber brings together programs, projects, organizations, people, and resources to the Military/Veteran community. The National Veterans Chamber’s main goal is to promote collaboration and support innovative ideas that will address Military/Veteran challenges faced during pre- and post-transition. The National Veterans Chamber focuses on issues that show transformative potential, including Education, Employment, Family, Wellness and Entrepreneurship. The National Veterans Chamber is a Collaboration-Driven Organization open to new ideas and new strategies that will benefit the Communities we serve.

About SCORE … Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs to start or grow a business. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+
communities nationwide, creating 45,027 new businesses and 74,535 non-owner jobs in 2020 alone.

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