Central Florida Disability Chamber Kicks Off Spring 2019 Veterans Business Initiative
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings joined the Central Florida Disability Chamber and regional business leaders at the organization’s spring 2019 class of the Veterans Business Initiative, a business education program for Veterans, their spouses and family members.
The Central Florida Disability Chamber serves the region by connecting an extensive network of business leaders and entrepreneurs. The organization provides information and education on the American Disabilities Act, business creation and growth in the Central Florida market geared specifically for the needs of people with disabilities.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to our Veterans, the men and women who have bravely served this great country, and to the family members who provide ongoing care and support,” Demings said in his welcome remarks to the candidates. “A stronger workforce and a thriving economy is why Orange County was ranked the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. I applaud you for being here today and for taking advantage of this opportunity to advance your future.”
The initiative, which hosts two 10-week courses throughout the year, is a partnership between the Disability Chamber and CareerSource Central Florida. Each course is designed to teach candidates how to develop and refine their business skills, including networking, fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship education and other strategies to reach their career aspirations.
Now in its fifth year, the program aims to help the candidates establish a meaningful career while advancing their education, and developing their entrepreneurial skills.
Orange County Government provides active military and Veterans an opportunity to participate in the development of centralized Veteran activities and initiatives in the County through the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council.
The County also operates a Veterans Affairs Office under the Orange County Community and Family Services Department. The office is responsible for assisting Veterans with filing claims for benefits, outreach, vocational training, and advocates on Veteran’s issues at the state and national level.
For more information about Orange County Veterans Services, visit www.ocfl.net/Veterans.
Photo Caption: Mayor Jerry Demings and attendees from The Central Florida Disability Chamber’s Veterans Business Initiative at the program kick-off on March 5, 2019.