The first Canadian campaign to support veteran-owned businesses was launched by Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) on Nov. 1, just in time for Remembrance Day.
“At this time of year Canadians are proud to honour the sacrifices made by our veterans, but they also want to be able to support their entrepreneurial ventures after service in a tangible way, which hasn’t been possible before. POE has already witnessed a great number of success stories from veterans who are thriving and contributing to their communities, and we are so excited for more to come,” said Janet McCausland, Director, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur.
The “Buy Veteran” campaign is aimed at promoting POE’s Canadian Veteran Business Directory that was launched in Nov. 2016. As part of the campaign, POE is running adds on Facebook and encouraging community members to share information about the directory with their community.
The Canadian Veteran Business Directory is a compilation of veteran-owned businesses throughout the country. It also includes business owned by other entrepreneurs associated with the military community including veterans, serving members and their families.
There are 15 sectors from business consultants to pet products to home improvement to maintenance services included in the directory.
There are currently 215 veteran business listed on the directory, and the number continues to grow.
“The purpose of the directory is to obviously to market how people market their business and encouraging Canadians to buy veteran,’ said Kathleen Kilgour, POE Program Manager.
According to Kilgour, the directory also helps to create a network for veteran entrepreneurs.
A veteran entrepreneur looking to be part of the Canadian Veteran Business Directory can visit the POE website and enter their website or phone number, a brief description of what they offer, and a logo or image.
To learn more about the businesses listed in the Canadian Veteran Business Directory click here.