|Orlando, FL, November 8, 2018 – The nine-week program, created by the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce (CFDC), for military veterans and their spouses seeking employment, entrepreneurship opportunities and continuing education, concluded today with a celebration graduation hosted by Rosen Hotels & Resorts. To date, more than 600 military veterans, spouses and family members have participated in the Veterans Business Initiative program at no cost, with a career placement success rate of approximately over 50 percent. This is the fourth year of the program with future sessions planned for Spring/Fall 2019.
CFDC board member, Janice Abrew-Coriano, shared the inspiring story of Harris Rosen, COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, with graduates who are seeking an entrepreneurial path. Rosen began with one hotel originally purchased for $20,000 – his life’s savings at the time – and now owns seven hotels, all of which are debt free.
Abrew also spoke on the topic of leadership stating, “to be a leader one must first learn to follow, listen, and demonstrate unparalleled work ethic, while never forgetting to also close their eyes and dream.” Harris Rosen, a fellow veteran, served in the United States Army for three years in Germany and South Korea.
Many of the CFDC partner sponsors and employers such as Florida Hospital, Regions Bank, Orlando Health, Lockheed Martin, Orlando Business Journal, Herzing University and Wyndham Destinations also shared words of encouragement and were on hand to help celebrate. The Veterans Business Initiative is supported by Universal Orlando Resort, Hilton Grand Vacations, Manpower, Career Source Central Florida, OUC, Electronic Arts, University of Central Florida, Southwest, Beacon College, Duke Energy, Seminole State College and Travelers, as well as many others.
The event concluded with community and business leaders giving praise for the work that the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce does to help military veterans transition back into the workplace.
“What makes this initiative different? It by no means is a job fair. This is a direct connect to hiring managers and directors that make decisions to engage in an actual hire,” stated Rogue Gallart, president of the CFDC. “It is our responsibility as business leaders in the community to make sure that military veterans, spouses and family members have an opportunity to meet with decision makers in the job market.”
Photos from the event can be viewed here. The next Veterans Business Initiative session is scheduled for March 2019. For more information, contact Rogue Gallart at 407-420-4899 or Rogue@NationalEC.org.
About the Central Florida Disability Chamber
The Central Florida Disability Chamber (CFDC) aims to provide information and education on business creation and growth, specifically designed for the needs of people with disabilities. Founded in 2009, the Chamber is known for its ongoing work with the Veterans Business Initiative (VBI)- an ongoing program assisting veterans, spouses and their families in pursuit of careers after the military – and the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) – helping high school students with disabilities gain the necessary skills for both entrepreneurship and occupational pathways. For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit CFDisabilityChamber.org.