Married to the Military: Helpful info for the millennial spouse

Gone are the days when military spouses were thought of as simply homemakers.

Military spouses are seeking degrees in higher education, becoming successful business owners, and leading the way with thriving careers in corporate America. Military couples are finding ways to manage two successful careers and while keeping everyone within the family happy. There are several local and national organizations that can help you reach and attain your goals. I was pleased with everything Fayetteville has to offer.

Fayetteville State University’s Veterans Business Outreach Center program

The Veterans Business Outreach Center program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. Visit fsuvboc.com or call 910-672-2683 to learn more.

The Center for Economic Empowerment & Development

CEED is on a mission has to promote growth, productiveness and well-being through counseling, education, information and advocacy programs. CEED works with other community agencies to achieve this goal. Visit ncceed.org or call 910-323-3377 to learn more.

The Brian Hamilton Foundation

Brian Hamilton is a lifelong entrepreneur who dedicates his time to bringing entrepreneurship to those who wouldn’t have it otherwise. His foundation provides free entrepreneurship education resources for all, whether you already own a business or want to start one. Check out the free online course, Starter U. Visit brianhamilton.org to learn more.

Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

The local Chamber of Commerce serves as a catalyst in growing healthy business through its advocacy of fostering businesses initiatives and collaborative partnerships. The Military Affairs Council and Spouses in the Military Expo are just a few of the opportunities that they offer. Visit faybiz.com or call 910-483-8133 to learn more.

Fayetteville Technical Community Council Small Business Center

FTCC’s Small Business Center supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of counseling, training and resource information. It offers yearlong support and brings in subject-matter experts to help in every area of business. Visit faytechcc.edu or call 910-678-8496 to learn more

The Corvias Foundation, Military One Source, and USO Pathfinder Organization are just a few of the additional resources recognized nationally for helping people who serve and support those who want to live their absolute best military life.

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