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Help a veteran through Hire Patriots site

Help a veteran through Hire Patriots site

Do you own a business? Are you starting a business? Are you looking for employment? Are you interested in hiring veterans? Do you need an odd job taken care of around the house, at the office, or at the job site?

I’ve found a site that helps address all these needs: HirePatriots.com, which oversees projects in more than 45 states, with the help of about 20 regional leaders across the country.

The mission is simple: connect veterans with opportunities, and opportunities with veterans. If you have work that needs to be done – whether an odd job around the house, or a part-time need in a small business – individuals and businesses are encouraged to post it at HirePatriots.com to help a local military member or veteran earn some extra money, says Mark Baird, who created the website in 2005 to serve Marines at Camp Pendleton. By its third month, HireMarines.com had thousands of visitors, and Baird took the site national.

Entrepreneurs and job seekers can post capability statements, résumés, pictures, logos and other information about themselves or their companies.

If you run your own website and want to encourage other companies to hire veterans, visit HirePatriots.com to download some great retro posters, meant to remind us that hiring veterans is not only a good business decision, but also a great way to do our part in helping to lower unemployment among America’s veterans.

So, vetrepreneurs, if you are trying to get the word out about your veteran-owned company, here is a great resource. Homeowners, if you have an odd job around the house that you’ve been putting off, check out HirePatriots.com. Small-business owners, if you are looking for some reliable help around the office or job site, this is a great place to look for short-term help.

Louis J. Celli is CEO of the Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center. Readers can send questions for “On Point” to lcelli@nevbrc.org.

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