We welcomed the USO recently to visit the bakery and our classroom to ask probing questions about the work we do to support transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers. It was quite an honor to be recognized as one of the many "faces behind the forces," serving all of those who have served us. Read their story here!
On October 5th, friends, family, former students and colleagues of Dog Tag Inc.'s late cofounder Father Rick Curry, gathered at the Sheen Center in NYC to celebrate his extraordinary legacy. Performances, videos, and speeches capture Father Curry's dedication to disabled, unique sense of humor, and inspiring spirit. Please find below the link to watch this wonderful celebration of Father Curry's life!
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Contact: Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987
Release Number: 16-XX
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news
SBA Provides Grants to Support Entrepreneurship Training Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA ) this week announced the four awardees of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) grant.
The grant, offered by the SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development, assists each grantee with providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans interested in starting or growing a small business.
The four awardees are:
· Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV): Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse, N.Y. - $100,000
· Veterans Entrepreneurship Program: Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. - $100,000
· Veterans Entrepreneurship Jumpstart Program: St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa. - $50,000
· Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. – Washington, D.C. - $50,000
The SDVETP grant funding competition was open to eligible institutions of higher learning, private organizations or businesses, non-profit community-based organizations, state, local or tribal governmental agencies and non-profit organizations
The initial award is for 12 months. At the end of the initial grant period, the SBA and the awardees have the option to continue the grant, for up to two additional years.
“The SBA looks forward to working with these outstanding awardees to create opportunities for service disabled veterans and their families who seek to start or grow a small business,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development.
“The SDVETP grantees join SBA’s vast network of resources that empower veterans, service-disabled veterans, and National Guard and Reserve service members, and military spouse entrepreneurs.”
To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/vets.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov @SBAgov
Mrs. Ellyn Dunford, spouse of General Joseph Dunford, 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brought Mrs. Rikki Selva, spouse of General Paul Selva, the 10th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a visiting delegation from Israel to visit the bakery and learn more about our fellowship program. Through lucky scheduling, Mrs. Dunford and her guests joined the Fellows for the first rotation's final presentations when fellows share all that they've learned under the expert hands of Dog Tag Bakery's managing staff. We all share a great passion for supporting veterans and military spouses as they transition from their military lives into meaningful civilian careers.
Learn more about our program here!
Thank you to Mrs. Dunford, Mrs. Rikki Selva and guests, Mrs. Hana Eisenkot and Mrs. Dalia Ayish, for taking the time to visit the bakery and share in our learning experience!
ARCHANGEL AIRBORNE (AA) held their Annual Community Outreach Day on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Cherry Ridge Airport in Honesdale, PA. The Outreach Day included numerous family activities, and a memorial fly-by and special "Missing Man" formation honoring Dog Tag, Inc.'s Co-Founder Father Richard J. Curry, S.J.
Father Richard Curry once served as AA’s very first Chaplain. AA's Chairman Peter Sloan delivered a short eulogy, then as TAPS played, the T-34’s executed the Missing Man formation followed by a moment of silence.
"Father Rick preached through his actions working tirelessly to help others as he spent his recent years honoring our veterans and facilitating their return to lives of promise. He is missed everyday but is a great inspiration in our humanitarian work. He continues to fly alongside us, doubtless lobbying the angels in support of our work,” said Chairman Sloan.
ARCHANGEL AIRBORNE is a Humanitarian Special Operations Mission Team. This civilian entity, utilizes its aircraft and aviators to insert mission specialists, equipment and critically needed supplies into areas of great need and disparity. The team also operates in remote areas. Military veterans, medical doctors and nurses, and skilled civilian aviator/rescue professionals comprise the successful team. For more information about their team visit their website: www.ArchangelAirborne.org.
Dog Tag, Inc. is honored to receive the 2016 Veteran Business Mentorship Award from the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes an individual, company, or non-profit organization that has made meaningful contributions to support and/or mentor veteran entrepreneurs and/or veteran-owned businesses in the Greater Washington region within the past year.
Today Brainline.Org, an organization dedicated to preventing, treating and living with traumatic brain injury, published a great video detailing the Dog Tag Bakery Fellowship experience through the lens of two of our graduates, themselves recovering from traumatic brain injuries. The documentary, in part sponsored by one of our great supporters, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, shares the hopes and goals of our fellows as they move through the 5-month program. We are so grateful to our graduates who were willing to tell their stories, and to Brainline.org, WETA, and Stand4Heroes with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for wanting to share this story with the world.
On March 8, cohort 3 fellows from the Dog Tag Bakery eloquently shared the story of the business, mission and program of Dog Tag Bakery at the 100 Entrepreneurs Luncheon in Bethesda, Maryland. Six fellows spoke directly to the audience and the remaining stepped in to help answer questions from the audience. Putting their new found business communications skills to good use, the Fellows did an excellent job sharing our story and encouraging other wounded warriors, military spouses and care givers to consider applying. Check out some of their comments on the video!
The application for the upcoming cohort is due next week! If you are interested in applying, please visit us today and complete the application. Program starts June 28, 2016.
WUSA9 reporter Andrea McCarren and service-dog-in-training Bunce visited the Dog Tag Bakery to learn more about the fellowship program and it's mission to serve wounded veterans, caregivers and military spouses. Fellows Shay Mason and Peter Scott shared their insights! Learn more here.
On Veteran's Day, ABC's The Chew featured the story of our Fellowship Program and many of our Fellows. We are so grateful for their attention and effort to bring our story to a national audience!