OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Military spouses and women were disproportionately impacted by the Pandemic, with many forced out of the workplace. Many women desire to make a career pivot. The National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce have responded to this call to action by hosting the second cohort of its free business incubator program.
The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program, which launches January 20th via Zoom, is helping to train entrepreneurs to develop their part-time or full-time businesses in one of three tracks: Social Media Management Company, Virtual Assistant Company, and Business/Personal Coaching.
The three organizations are providing training, technical assistance, mentorship, peer-to-peer support, and financial information. “Starting a business takes commitment,” says Joseph Molina, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce based in San Diego County. “An entrepreneurial mindset and, most Importantly, knowing exactly what it is you want to do and what outcome (the “Why”) you want to achieve is part of that commitment.” Entrepreneurs are hoping that starting their own business will help them to be their own boss and take control of their destiny.
“Our aim is that the women entrepreneurs will learn how to be ‘Pandemic’, ‘Recession’ proof, and ‘Portable’ by investing in themselves,” says the Chamber’s workforce development coordinator, Victoria Carlborg.
An added benefit of the incubator is that each entrepreneur will receive in-person coaching and mentoring will occur at the Oceanside Chamber’s office following the online training sessions.
“SCORE San Diego volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses,” says Laura Rau, Mentor and Veteran Outreach Contact with SCORE San Diego Mentors. “We are grateful to be able to collaborate with the Oceanside and the Veterans chambers with the incubator to help military spouses and the veteran community succeed in business!”
Women who are interested in participating in the next cohort may contact Victoria Carlborg at Victoria@oceansidechamber.com. There is also an information session at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Media interested in covering the launch or any aspect of the program for a features story are welcome to contact Victoria Carlborg, as well. ###
About the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1896, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant community. It is celebrating 125 years of serving the Oceanside business community, as well as its active-duty service members serving aboard the adjacent Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Chamber recently launched a workforce development program to collaborate with regional training and education programs to ensure job seekers are receiving employer-driven job training that produces enriching employment experiences.
About the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce
The National Veterans Chamber brings together programs, projects, organizations, people, and resources to the Military/Veteran community. The National Veterans Chamber’s main goal is to promote collaboration and support innovative ideas that will address Military/Veteran challenges faced during pre- and post-transition. The National Veterans Chamber focuses on issues that show transformative potential, including Education, Employment, Family, Wellness and Entrepreneurship. The National Veterans Chamber is a Collaboration-Driven Organization open to new ideas and new strategies that will benefit the Communities we serve.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs to start or grow a business. SCORE's 10,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+ communities nationwide, creating 45,027 new businesses and 74,535 non-owner jobs in 2020 alone.