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Celebrate Memorial Day: Serve a Veteran

Memorial-dayNow that you’re back to work after this year’s Memorial Day celebrations, you and your colleagues may be looking for additional ways to say thanks to the men and women who protect the U.S. and its interests. Good news! There is an exciting opportunity for CPAs to use your talents to do just that.

It is all part of the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative, a combined effort of the AICPA and SCORE. The program connects veterans who want to start and grow their own businesses with CPAs from across the country. The aim is to help veterans, their spouses and families succeed as small business owners. Practitioner volunteers provide up to five hours of time at no charge to veterans.

This includes mentoring and discussing such topics as:
  • Simple Steps for Starting a Business
  • Business Basics
  • Goal Setting
  • Obtaining Financing
  • Keys to Success

Why should you get involved? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Say thanks to the men and women who protect our nation
  • Use your talents to help today’s veterans transition to tomorrow’s entrepreneurs
  • Share guidance to help veterans build and grow successful, profitable businesses
  • Support your local business community  

As a part of this initiative, you will have immediate access to a comprehensive toolkit of online resources, which includes:

  • Customizable Guide and Checklists
  • Press Release
  • Web Sticker for Firm Websites and Social Media

Volunteering for Veteran Fast Launch is a great way to tap into the positive emotions of providing service to someone else. This summer, I urge you do something that will have a lasting impact on you, your community and the nation. Visit the Veteran Fast Launch site or simply email us.

Lindsey Ferguson, CPA, Project Manager, PCPS/ Firm Services, American Institute of CPAs. With a small firm public accounting background, Lindsey now leads the Trusted Business Advisor 2.0 program, Veteran Fast Launch Initiative and PCPS communications and tax resources.

Memorial Day image via Shutterstock

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