Austin Businesses Partner With Count Me In to Host “Pitch Party” for Women Military Vets and Spouses to Promote Entrepreneurship

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Austin Businesses, People Fund and People Biz, Inc., are proud to be partnering with Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs. Together, they will support women veterans and military spouses grow their businesses through their participation in the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC) conference and competition in McLean, Virginia, April 29 and 30, 2013.

Austin businesses, People Fund and People Biz, Inc., are proud to be partnering with Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs. Together, they will support women veterans and military spouses grow their businesses through their participation in the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC) conference and competition in McLean, Virginia, April 29 and 30, 2013.

At the competition, participants will have the opportunity to connect with other women vets and spouses like themselves, from across the country, that are ready to take control of their potential for success and create jobs in their communities. Each participant will pitch their business in front of a panel for the chance to win a professional headshot, branded press release template, opportunities for national publicity from the WVEC event, and an invitation to apply for the Count Me In Business Accelerator Program, designed and delivered by People Biz, Inc., a local coaching and training company.

To help Austin-area women, they will host a “Pitch Party” on Thursday, April 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at 2921 E. 17th Street, Building D, Suite 1 in Austin. Here, experts will be on hand to provide feedback on their two-minute elevator pitch to get them ready for the competition later this month in Virginia.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to shay(at)peoplefund(dot)org.

Count Me In has received generous support from Capital One Financial Corporation as part of their ongoing effort to empower communities around them for the greater good. The aim of WVEC is to support women veterans and military spouses in their entrepreneurial endeavors by providing education, tools, and resources that will empower them to grow their small businesses quickly, thereby providing fulfilling employment for themselves and others.

According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate for veterans is higher than the population at large, 9.4% compared to 7.7%. The rate is even higher when we look at women only, coming in at an astounding 11.6%.

While the competition targets women with already established businesses, anyone with an interest in developing their entrepreneurial skills is encouraged to attend the Pitch Party on April 18th. The supportive network of Count Me In goes far beyond the competition.

For more information about the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps, visit http://www.countmein.org/WVEC.

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