For more information or to participate in this fantastic event, contact Justin at (321) 724-5400 ext. 233 or email him.
There are many ways to get involved!
Contact Justin at 321-724-5400 x233 or email him at Justin@melbourneregionalchamber.com today!
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost
Fishing teams of up to 3: 1 military veteran, 1 municipal leader and 1 boat captain
2015 Stick Marsh Veterans Bass Challenge
Stick Marsh Veterans Bass Challenge presented by Allen & Company and the Veteran’s Resource Committee of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. The Challenge is made up of 50 teams on 50 Boats. Each team is comprised of a Boat Captain, a disabled Veteran, and a Municipal Leader. Download a copy of the rules here.
Highlights from the 2014 Bass Challenge
If you are interested, or know someone interested in registering as a Boat Captain click here to download the Boat Captain Registration Form.
If you are a disabled Veteran interested in participating, click here to download the Veteran Registration Form.
If you are a Municipal Leader, click here to download your registration form.
For more information, contact the chamber (321) 724-5400.
VRC Breakfast Featuring Commander Dan O’Shea
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO STARTING A BUSINESS AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE
IS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP FOR YOU? Entrepreneurship and small business ownership is a key opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans as they transition to civilian life. Returning veterans are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the skills, experience and leadership to start businesses and create jobs. According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent 9 percent of all U.S. firms. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employed 5.793 million individuals. If you have a passion and the drive to start a business, this intensive training workshop is a perfect fit for you!
WORKSHOP OVERVIEW The Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are recruiting 30 interested transitioning service members and veterans to participate in the workshop, you will learn if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible and much more!
WHEN: 27 May–28 May 2015 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 722
POC: Mr. Sal Noto
Phone Number: 321-494-3472
ELIGIBILITY You must be a transitioning service member, veteran or spouse interested in starting a business.
TO REGISTER: Phone number: 321-494-3472
PARTICIPANT BENEFITS After the two-day workshop you will have created a Feasibility Analysis Deliverable that will serve as the basis for future business planning efforts. It is designed to assist you in developing an ‘actionable’ plan for subsequent efforts focused on launching a new venture.
Veterans Now Have Options if They Live Away From VA Medical Facilities
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has announced a new Veterans Access program, designed to help Veterans to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.
Launched November 5, 2014, the new Choice Program will begin to cover non-VA care for eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans are eligible if any of these situations apply:
- Has been told by local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date or the date medically determined by your physician.
- Need to travel by plane or boat to the VA medical facility closest to your home.
- Face a geographic challenge, such as extensive distances around water or other geologic formations, such as mountains, which presents a significant travel hardship.
- Current residence is more than 40 miles from the closest VA health care facility.
To set up an appointment with a non-VA provider, call the VA at 866-606-8198 and we will work with you to ensure you are approved for care in your community.
Additional Program Information
- The Choice Program does not impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
- If you are satisfied with your wait time at a VA facility and wish to continue waiting for VA care, there is nothing you need to do at this time.
- Non-VA care is only covered by VA for medical needs which have been approved by your VA physician. We can happily schedule an appointment for other medical needs, but the we can only cover the cost of care related to your VA-approved health needs.
- The Veteran Choice Program is part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).
Note: If you do not receive approval, you may be responsible for some or all of the costs of the non-VA treatment you receive.
FREE Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Florida
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) program is offering to disabled veterans, particularly those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our program helps these men and women attain the dream of becoming entrepreneurs. The Veterans with Disability Entrepreneurship Program, or VEP for short, is now accepting applications. The deadline for applications is (March 2, 2015).
VEP offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship from world class faculty and an amazing cadre of successful entrepreneurs. The program is rigorous and engaging.
We are inviting all disabled veterans, but especially those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled or distinguished during their service as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Date: May 9 – 16, 2015
Where: University of Florida Campus in Gainesville for (eight days)
Address: 2008 Northeast Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609
The VEP program is offered entirely free to those veterans who are accepted. We cover the cost of travel to Gainesville, accommodations, the online and live courses, instructors, books, materials, all meals, and outings during the program.
City of Palm Bay to host a “Starting Your Veteran Owned Business” Event with the SBA.
Where: City of Palm Bay City Hall, Community Meeting Room
120 Malabar Road SE
1st Floor Community Meeting Room
When: Thursday November 6th, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What: Please join us for the Starting Your Veteran Owned Business,
with guest speakers from U.S. Small Business Administration
The City of Palm Bay, Florida and the Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a “Start your Veteran Owned Business” event on Thursday November 6th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the City Hall Community Meeting Room (1st Floor).
Business resources and assistance will be provided to help new veteran businesses, or veterans interested in starting a business. Click here to register for this free event.
For more information, contact Edyie McCall with the City of Palm Bay, (321) 952-3426.