MSBA is virtual and supports military spouse entrepreneurs in overcoming the additional odds of building businesses and producing family income, wherever the military assignment may take them.
(PRWEB) January 13, 2012
Today, the Military Spouse Business Association (MSBA), America’s Military Family Chamber of Commerce, announces its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and partnership in the Chamber’s Military Spouse Business Alliance. “MSBA is pleased to be part of the Chamber and its effort to support military family employment,” said Rikki Winters, MSBA President, Navy spouse, and owner of All In One Desktops.
MSBA, America’s Military Family Chamber of Commerce, will assist the Alliance with entrepreneurship for military spouses by providing opportunities, support and networking for entrepreneurial spouses to share best practices and experiences for building profitable and portable businesses.
MSBA, with its nearly 1000 military family members, was founded in 2006 by military spouses across the country. MSBA is virtual and supports military spouse entrepreneurs in overcoming the additional odds of building businesses and producing family income, wherever the military assignment may take them. Business ownership provides financial stability for active duty military families and a bridge to families of veterans.
On January 13, the MSBA will be part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Military Spouse Career Forum at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Over 1,000 spouses are expected to attend from one of the most densely populated military communities in the nation. The event is the nation's largest career fair dedicated exclusively to military spouses. At the event, the MSBA is available to military spouse entrepreneurs who will be present to encourage those who desire to start or build their own businesses.
MSBA estimates 10% of military families either want or already own their own business, which is usually run by the spouse. There are all types - professional consultants, photographers, real estate agents, and product-based; but they share one thing - they have to be portable and flexible as military families move, on average, once every three years.
“I have moved our family business from Georgia, to Virginia, to California and now to Hawaii. After the boxes are packed I have to update my website to let customers know orders will be delayed until we are unpacked in the new location,” says Joanna Williamson, Navy spouse and owner of Atta Girl!® Gifts, a jewelry business, “That is a hit on business growth that civilian companies don’t always face.”
Lynn Carroll, Army spouse and owner of Carrollegal, a freelance paralegal business, says, “MSBA keeps you connected to other military spouses who are also figuring out how to tackle unique obstacles we face in owning your own business.”
For Americans who seek products and services in support of military families, MSBA offers the Red, White and Blue Pages™, a list of military spouse-owned businesses. Many products such as cards and invitations, apparel, and jewelry as well as professional services are available to customers online, no matter where the military family may be stationed.
MSBA board members secured equitable treatment within military families leading support for the passage of the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act in 2009. The law provides for military spouses a single home state in order to offer continuity and stability during moves and deployments.
In May 2012, Military Spouse Appreciation Month, MSBA is calling on chambers of commerce across America to open their meeting and activities to military spouses for Welcome Military Families. “Military families sometimes get lost in local communities and the idea that there are business owners among them may be a surprise. Including local military spouse business owners provides a chance for chambers of commerce to support their military families,” says Winters. MSBA will encourage its members to attend events in their local communities during May for Welcome Military Families.
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Contact: Veronica Jorden