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HeroPreneur event in Phoenix helps veterans find careers

Posted at 4:28 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 08:06:49-05

We honor our nation's heroes on Veterans Day, but now one Valley organization is taking action to thank them with a new career. 

HeroPreneur, which kicked off on Wednesday and will continue through Friday, is described on their website as an "experience for America's veterans, including Arizona's 640,000 veterans and 2,000 veteran-owned companies."

The event is taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.

This was created by the HeroZona Foundation and the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services, with plenty of help from other state and local agencies. 

Keynote speakers will include one of the stars of ABC's Shark Tank, Daymond John, and U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) Lieutenant Col. Justin Constantine. 

Organizers estimate the three-day event will help over 2,000 veterans. 

Here is a breakdown of the schedule through Friday.

On Thursday, November 15:

  • Veteran Business Fair (10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.): The Veteran Business Fair is for veteran-owned small businesses and organizations that support veteran-owned businesses. Bringing together industry leaders and experts in a hands-on environment.
  • Afternoon Business Workshops (1:40 p.m. to 5 p.m.): Veteran start-ups, veteran business owners, and general businesses can take advantage of free admission and educational workshops covering online/social media marketing, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, and much more.

On Friday, November 16:

  • Morning Workshops (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.): There are two tracks of workshops during this session. One for veteran-owned businesses and one for veterans seeking employment.
  • Career Fair (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.): This veteran career fair is for veterans who are not only seeking a job but a rewarding career where your employer understands the value that a veteran brings to their team and provides opportunities for growth and advancement

If you would like to register, click here.

All of the workshops, career fairs and business fairs are free for veterans, ROTC students and their spouses.