DOG TAG INC. PROGRAM
The application for our January 2018 fellowship program is live, apply here!
Deadline: October 18
Eligibility: Post 9/11 service-disabled veteran, military spouse, caregiver
Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education at Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) program, transitioning veterans are business ready, competitive, and employable.
Our program is focused on individual growth and success. We know that not all of our fellows will go on to launch their own small businesses after seeing what it looks like to operate one. We encourage them to carry their new critical thinking skills into existing corporations and provide them with the skills they need to transition into the civilian sector through our learning lab. Our learning lab includes interview and networking skills preparation, resume writing assistance, networking events, and mock interview days with our partners. We work to create opportunities with our partner organizations for fellows to move into leadership positions in their chosen fields.
The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of nine courses that are tailored to the small business focused goals of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, corporate finance, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.
Dog Tag Inc. goes beyond education and job training to ensure our fellows are fully supported to achieve their goals. A supplemental lecture series is woven into our program featuring speakers that are leaders in their field, including seasoned entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and CEOs representing the full spectrum of private and public sector opportunities. These speakers offer their perspective and open their networks to our fellows, providing invaluable access to mentors.
Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides a vehicle to put their newly acquired skills into context and provides a source of income to offset the cost of the program. The storefront includes a state of the art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. We provide experiential learning by facilitating a working rotation through the storefront and non-profit. Fellows will have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including operations, staff management, product creation, customer service, and marketing. Through a combination of shadowing and project management, our fellows are expected to complete tasks independently while communicating their needs and progress with management.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.