Presidential Leadership Scholar Meghan Ogilvie receives the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army for her work helping service-disabled veterans through a non-profit she leads, Dog Tag, Inc. This Q&A takes an inside look at her meaningful work and how the Presidential Leadership Scholars program is helping her grow as a leader. U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Austin L. Thomas
This week the Georgetown BID launched it's new blog, "By George" featuring a story of one of our own Fellows, Vince Loran. Retired Air Force veteran, Vince is one of 10 great Fellows currently in our program. Check out the story!
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!