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Military Friendly

Posted By Scott Miller, Friday, September 16, 2011

G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has designated Jamestown Community College a military friendly school.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

The list of schools, as well as interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions, can be found at

"Members of JCC’s faculty and staff have worked diligently over the past several years to understand and provide for the needs of student veterans,” said Eileen Goodling, vice president and dean of student development. "We are proud to have earned the ‘military friendly’ designation and are dedicated to continuing to provide the environment and services that are most conducive to the academic success of our student veterans.”

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans at more than 8,000 schools nationwide. The feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Survey feedback can be viewed at list.

 "The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” said Michael Dakduk, executive director of Student Veterans of America. "Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from various schools on the Military Friendly Schools website to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

The 1,518 institutions on the list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools offer scholarships, discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other services to veterans.

Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an advisory board consisting of educators. A list of board members can be found at

G.I. Jobs ( is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s military friendly employers, military spouse friendly employers, and best corporations for veteran-owned businesses.

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Veterans Business Expo

Posted By Scott Miller, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in conjunction with the New York State Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College held a "Veterans Business Expo” on Saturday May 7, 2011.

The "Veterans Business Expo” was a showcase of veteran owned businesses and veteran services in Chautauqua County.  This free event was for current veteran business owners, prospective veteran business owners, family members, and the general public.

 The CCIDA and the NYS SBDC @ JCC contacted Chautauqua County veteran owned businesses to see who would like to display his/her products or services for the free event.  We had 30 registered businesses and service agencies participate.

 In addition to the business expo there were 4 informational seminars for veterans who would like to start their own business.  We had 40 class attendees.

We hosted roughly 100 visitors to the expo.  Additionally the veteran business owners were able to network and meet each other.  The expo was a success and plans are hopefully in the works for 2012's expo.

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February Update

Posted By Scott Miller, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The "Veterans Business Outreach Program” of the SBDC at Jamestown Community College is planning a "Veteran Owned Business Expo.”   The primary feature is businesses owned by veterans. The "Buy Veteran” program will be featured along with their marketing resources and techniques. Services and education programs for veterans interested in going into business, disabled veteran procurement options, franchise discounts, as well as, loan programs for business investments.  We are currently working with the Chautauqua County IDA in the development of this event, more to come in the following months.

Currently the SBDC at JCC is providing technical assistance to 22 veterans who currently own or want to start a business.

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Veteran Business Outreach Program Blog Entry

Posted By Scott Miller, Friday, January 7, 2011

Starting January 1st 2010 a new "Veterans Business Outreach Program” will be offered by The New York State Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College-Jamestown, New York.  This new program will focus specifically on veteran entrepreneurship, education, and creating a resource guide of local support agencies. 

The Veterans Business Outreach Program will offer veterans the opportunity to access small business assistance for starting a business, classes to become a veteran certified business for government procurement opportunities, and credit and non-credit classes offered by the college.

Specific assistance resources are available to veterans wanting to investigate business ownership as a career.   Veteran Business Planning guides are available to veterans who come in for one on one business counseling.  Other resources include Veterans Franchising Guide, and the Buy Veteran initiative.  The Veterans Business Outreach Program is designed to assist veterans’ access veteran business programs on the local, state, and federal level.  

Outreach to veterans has consisted of a "Veterans Business Outreach Program” press release, and placement of program brochures at Department of Labor Offices, VA Health Center, Industrial Development Agency, and the local Chamber of Commerce.   We are also working with JCC on a marketing initiative to rent one to two billboards showcasing the "Veterans Business Outreach Program.”

The Veteran Business Outreach Program is sponsored in part by The Gebbie Foundation, The Coleman Foundation, and the New York State Small Business Development Center.

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Support Documents

Posted By Matthew R. Montoya, Friday, October 29, 2010
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