Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
On June 23rd, americancertified.com, the largest one-stop shop for American products, which already makes it easier than ever to buy American goods is launching a campaign focused on identifying and promoting veteran (and spouse owned) American makers.
American Certified (AC) features a first of its kind Directory of Makers, including farmers and manufacturers. The directory membership is free and open to all; participation in the AC store is not required. The Directory connects thousands of American makers directly with consumers who share a passion for conscious consumerism.
“We started American Certified to make it easy for shoppers to support American workers,” said founder, Marvin Weinberger. “Whoever they may be, wherever they may be working and whatever they may be making.”
American Certified estimates that over 50,000 veteran-owned businesses will qualify for the free certification.
Veterans face many issues returning home - nearly a third of American homeless are veterans, they suffer unprecedented rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and face huge backlogs for claiming benefits, while unemployment among veterans is twice the national average.
Nonetheless, thousands of enterprising veterans (and veteran-spouses) have managed to build new lives for themselves, starting new companies, opening new plants, and creating tens of thousands of new jobs.
The Indiegogo campaign hopes to raise $7,000 within 60 days to begin the process of identifying and promoting these veteran-owned businesses whose products are American made.
The funds will cover compensation and travel expenses. This will cover the direct and indirect costs of hiring two returning veterans for a month to begin the research and networking. This will be a transitional stipend, with the intent to convert to permanent, full-time, aimed at helping some of our returning troops learn new skills, adapt to a civilian workplace, and build important resume experience for continued growth, while helping us do the same for many of their fellow soldiers.
When you support American makers, all Americans benefit. Every dollar spent with an American veteran maker has a multiplier effect equal to a $1.35 on our economy; each new job creates more than four additional ones!
In addition to receiving a free American Certified T-shirt by donating $25 or more to the Indiegogo campaign, you are speaking with your wallet and supporting returning American heroes.
“We want to celebrate America's veteran makers, and have made it our goal to reach out to them, and promote their products, making it as easy as possible for Americans to support our returning heroes,” said Weinberger.
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American Certified is the one-stop resource for anything regarding American products and manufacturing. Simply put, we care about this movement and the resurgence of American manufacturing. Whether you want to shop, search companies, or simply become more knowledgeable about American manufacturing, American Certified is your home for the Buy American movement. For more information, contact Manuel Tebas at (215) 490-9977, visit americancertified.com or follow American Certified on Facebook and Twitter.