Metropolitan Community College is helping military veterans who own businesses connect with governmental entities and large corporations in need of goods or services.
The Outreach Business Forum “For Those Who Have Served” will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, 31st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is sponsored by Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, DST, KCP&L, Metropolitan Community College, Sprint, Kiewit, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Veterans Business Resource Center in St. Louis.
There are three components of the day:
- From 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 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.
- At 11:45 a.m., MCC is honoring 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. CTC 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,” says Carter. “As a community college, we have an open admissions policy, and many of our students are first-generation college students.”
- Then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., veteran-owned businesses will have a chance to meet (including in one-on-one sessions) with representatives of municipalities, state and federal governmental entities, and other regional institutions.
The event is free for participants, but registration is required.
“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.
Email Chris.Kelly@mcckc.edu to RSVP. Lunch will be provided for all who register by Oct. 31. Veterans can register on-site that day as well.
To learn more about this program and other minority supplier diversity programs at MCC, click here.
In 2016, the Penn Valley campus opened a newly renovated lounge for student veterans. Metropolitan Community College has also been declared a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media.
NOTE: The Kansas City Federal Executive Board will also be hosting its Small Business Networking Event from 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m. Nov. 14.