Well first and foremost is to get the Vancouver Center a lot more active than it is right now. Currently we have three active volunteers here that keep the doors open 15 hours a week. That is, three hours a day from Monday to Friday. I need to find at least three more people to volunteer at least three hours a week to our Center. That would allow each of us to be here manning the Center tha same hours per week, but also give us all time to go out into the Community to start letting everyone we meet who we are and what we do here at the Center.
So if you are reading this blog, live in Vancouver - Portland area and would like to help us, please come on today, registar and volunteer to man this office. I have plans and work for anyone who wants to help. We will bw starting a "Hometown Heros" wall in the Center. We need someone to collect the 4"x6" photos that we will be getting in, mounting them in frame, typing up infromation on who is in the picture, their rank, branch of service, serive time, and current duty station.
That's one objective that I have, get the vancouver Center to be a place where veterans want to go. The second is to apply for a SBA grant so that I can develope and present classes to veterans on how to start a small business in our county. I plan on taking to Concordia University @ Portland's School of Management to help develop and present other small business courses since over 1/2 of their staff are veterans themselves.
My third objective is to start to visit and talk to as many small businesses on this side of town. It will involve a lot of walking and talking to the owners just to let them know who we are and want we can do for them when they look to hire veterans. And my fourt objective is to look deeper into the VA and local chapters and posts of the American Legion, VFW, VVA, 40 et 8, DVA, and others. I will start to attend monthly Air Force Association meeting at the PDX airport, and let them know that we are here. I will register our center whenever and whereever I can at the county and state levels.
My fifth objective will to start to ask all my friends and family on social enetworks (like facebook) to go to our website, look around, sign up, read our blogs and make comments to those blogs. I have already developed and published a SWVBRC - Northwest Region page on Facebook, now to ask ours to look, registar and comment. I'll stop at five, but add others as these first five get completed. So what do you think? Can you help me completed these objectives? Can you please comment on this blog? Thanks.