A Fresh Start for an American Hero

FlipFlop Dogs is proud to announce its Franchise Giveaway Contest which will give military veterans a chance to win their very own FlipFlop Dogs franchise.
Kicking off August 18th, 2014 contestants visiting www.FlipFlopDogs.com/VeteranGiveaway can enter to win by providing their contact information, along with a 500-word essay explaining why they would make an ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisee. Following the submission deadline on September 21, 2014, 15 veterans will be chosen based on quality of submission and invited to submit a video. The Top 10 videos will be chosen and posted to the FlipFlop Dog’s Facebook page, allowing the public to show their support for the contestant they feel is most deserving.
Five finalists will eventually be invited to participate in a Skype interview with the FlipFlop Dogs executive team, after which the Top 3 will be flown the first week in December to meet with FlipFlop management team for a modified Discovery Day.
The winner will be announced on or before December 7, 2014.
“Our inspiration to become more involved with veterans, as they transition to civilian life, hits close to home, as our fathers were veterans from WWII and the Korean War. Growing up, we heard stories of the sacrifices they made, their struggles adjusting to life back home and how proud they were to serve our country. Our fathers were fortunate enough to become very successful businessmen and our mentors for life,” said FlipFlop Dogs founders Jack and Taffy Miltz. “This contest allows us to further show our gratitude for their service and dedication.” 
The grand prize will include franchise fee, exclusive operating territory, franchise development template, software license and marketing start-up kit, an estimated value of $48,000. 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 08/12/2014 07:14 PM

Snowball Express Serves Children of Fallen Military Heroes

Snowball Express. It’s not the type of name one would normally associate with a non-profit whose mission is to serve the children of our fallen military heroes. Yet, that is exactly what we do and is our purpose for being in existence.

Snowball Express is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children of our fallen Military heroes. We connect the children with other children who are just like them. Its mission: Honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. Champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Each Year in December, the organization hosts the largest gathering in the world of children of our fallen MilitaryThese children and their surviving patent come from all across the United States, and several overseas locations to Dallas/Ft Worth for a five-day event unlike anything else. 

Every year, Presenting Sponsor and NaVOBA Corporate Member American Airlines plays a critical role in bringing these children together.  American Airlines and the employees of American Airlines, make it possible for these children to connect with one another, and help change the lives of thousands of children.  For eight years American Airlines has been our Presenting Sponsor and partner in providing these families with a life-changing experience. The tremendous impact that Snowball Express has in the lives of these children, and their surviving parent, simply would not be possible without the support of American Airlines.

This annual Snowball Express gathering introduces these children to other kids who are experiencing the same tragedy and grief; the loss of their Dad or Mom who died while serving in our Military since 9/11.  This event helps these families heal together, honors them, honors the sacrifice of their hero, and shows them that the ultimate sacrifice made by their hero has not been forgotten.  All of this is accomplished through activities that allow these children to simply be children again; shows them that it is ok to laugh, smile, have fun, and enjoy life.  Together, these families help each other heal and move forward.

This year on December 11, 2014, 10 American Airlines planes will crisscross the country to pick up the children and their surviving parent, and transport them to the annual Snowball Express gathering in Dallas/Fort Worth.  This year we anticipate hosting nearly 1,800 family members.


To learn more and to donate, please visit www.snowballexpress.org. 

Posted by Len Vermillion at 07/24/2014 11:35 AM

Want to Learn More About what the Healthcare Law Means for Your Business?

SBA, the Department of Health Human and Services, and Small Business Majority have teamed up for a free weekly webinar series where small employers can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their organization and employees. Topics covered include cost containment, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, and Employer Shared Responsibility. Webinar content will generally be the same each week. Below are the dates/times for upcoming webinars.
•Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 PM ET
•Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 PM ET 
•Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 PM ET 
•Thursday, August 7 at 2:00 PM ET 
•Thursday, August 14 at 2:00 PM ET 
•Thursday, August 21 at 2:00 PM ET 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/14/2014 10:46 AM

Celebrating Hispanic Vetrepreneurs

Written by Mimi Lohm

Did you know that the nearly 3 million member businesses of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) generate over $465 billion to the American economy every year. And many of those businesses are veteran-owned. And because Hispanic veterans have become such an economic force in our country, NaVOBA, along with Hilton Worldwide and Microsoft, will announce the first Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year award in September.

NaVOBA has long been a top advocate for veteran-owned businesses large and small. In June, the association presented the first Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year. Our September issue will feature the announcement of the 2014 Hispanic honoree, who will be celebrated during a special reception at this year’s USHCC National Convention in Salt Lake City, Sept. 21-23.

The USHCC’s mission is to foster Hispanic economic development and to create sustainable prosperity for the benefit of American society. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and brings value to its members by providing networking and procurement opportunities, advocacy and professional education.

Nominations for the award were accepted throughout the first half of the year. To be eligible, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company.  Each honoree demonstrates the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.

The Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year is the second in a series of awards being presented this year by NaVOBA. In October, we’ll announce the 2014 Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year, followed by the 2014 Vetrepreneur of the Year Award in November. 

Posted by Len Vermillion at 07/07/2014 01:53 PM

SBA Announces Dates for Boots to Business: Reboot

Each Boots to Business event, led by SBA Resource Partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), will host up to 100 veterans for a two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship class.

Boots to Business: Reboot, will introduce veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership, and lead participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The program will also introduce participating veterans to a network of lifetime  business support available locally across the U.S. by introducing them to SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE Counselors.

Boots to Business: Reboot will adapt the curriculum from the SBA-sponsored Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, a worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS.  The curriculum, developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership and connecting them to resources in their local communities, will now be available to more than 22 million Veterans who have already transitioned into civilian life.

Following the two-day training, participants will also be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week, online course led by instructors from IVMF that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and techniques and  tips for starting a business.   After completing Boots to Business: Reboot, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small businesses.

The Boots to Business: Reboot events will kick off at the White House on July 11 -12, 2014 and culminate on August 25 -26, at the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Throughout the month, ten additional events will be held in the following cities:


July 11 – 12: Washington, D.C.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 13 – 14: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information, or to register for the events visit the Boots to Business: Reboot event website.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/30/2014 02:33 PM


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