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MCC hosts event to bolster businesses run by veterans

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The Outreach Business Forum "For Those Who Have Served" will take place at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center. (Facebook/MCC-Penn Valley Campus) The Outreach Business Forum "For Those Who Have Served" will take place at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center. (Facebook/MCC-Penn Valley Campus)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Those returning from combat sometimes struggle with returning to civilian life.

On Tuesday, a group wants to make sure United States veterans have a job and the resources necessary to learn about business.

The event, hosted by Metropolitan Community College will help veterans who own their own business. They will meet one-on-one with representatives from federal and state agencies and other large corporations to get insight on how to grow their company.

Veterans hoping to start their own business are also invited to attend and to get their questions answered.

“Sometimes its hard to get into some of these companies and this is an automatic, you get to get right in front of the decision makers,” said Gary Walker, President and CEO of Bullseye International.

The Outreach Business Forum "For Those Who Have Served" will take place at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, located at 31st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

“We are getting a chance to do business together," CEO of P/Strada LLC Patrice Manuel said. "So, I might have a contract that is large and I can call some of the other veteran-owned businesses knowing that they understand how to get things done.”

There are three components of the day.

First, workshops will be offered to help veteran-owned businesses. Topics include how to market your company, certification, procurement technical assistance services, and the 10 C's of Lending.

Second, MCC will honor the service of its student and employee veterans with a special luncheon featuring speaker Michele Carter. Carter is the deputy vice chancellor for finance and administration at Central Texas College.

The college has a "Vet Success on Campus" office, which provides support for veteran students as they navigate school and their educational goals.

"Outreach to military and veteran students is essential," Carter said. "As a community college, we have an open admissions policy, and many of our students are first-generation college students."

Third, veteran-owned businesses will have a chance to meet with representatives of municipalities, state and federal governmental entities, and other regional institutions.

"The day will be just a small effort of our appreciation and commitment to thank the many men and women for their service. This day is truly for those who served," says Chris Kelly, MCC's Supplier Diversity Program coordinator.

The event is in its second year and veterans who attended say it has made a positive impact on their business.

"Today is to make sure that when they think about things that are going on, they think about coming to our company to have them supported," Manuel said. "Local talent right here that can do it.”

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