Stay The Course has partnered in the community with Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. for the past two years collaborating to help veterans transition from the military by providing education, guidance, resources and support. We are proud to call them partners and fellow advocates for veterans!
My name is Stephen and I am in the Fellows Class 161 at Honor Courage Commitment. (HCC)
This is an entrepreneur class for veterans that are wanting to start a business. HCC should be commended for the program, it is truly a life changing opportunity and I am so blessed to be a part of this program. I am learning how to be a successful business owner. The support from the HCC staff and instructors are second to none. I can't thank you enough for bringing my dreams into fruition and pushing me out of my comfort zone and into a confident entrepreneur.
Shortly after retirement from the Air Force, I considered starting my own business. I learned about Honor Courage and Commitment (HCC) from another veteran who was successful in starting his own business. He spoke VERY highly about HCC and credited HCC with helping him get the training, exposure and with networking which enabled him to get his business going. I applied and was accepted. My expectations of the program have all been realized and I am finally at a point where I know I will succeed with my business. Although a majority of the training is focused on the technical aspects of starting and running a business there are other development classes which really help put thing into perspective. One of the key benefits have been the guest speakers who range from small business owners to major business owners all providing a valuable and realistic perspective of what we need to do to be successful. I can say without a doubt that I WILL be successful in growing my business which I recently started.
When I first came to Honor Courage Committment (HCC), I had a limited knowledge on starting and running my own business. But with the resources HCC provided like the SMU Cox School of Business, web design, business attorneys, and unlimited business networks to name a few, I am well on my way of starting my first business adventure. HCC has given me the confidence and resources to succeed in my business endeavors. Plus the fact that I will always be connected with HCC for future resources makes HCC priceless.
HCC is an outstanding organization empowering veterans by providing them the training, mentorship, and support needed to lead here in our community. I work at a local nonprofit supporting veterans and military families. We have benefitted tremendously from the community service component of the HCC Fellowship program. Not only have the HCC Fellows invested their time and sweat to support our organization, but they have served as models of successful transition for the veterans and military family members whom we serve. We are honored to partner with HCC and appreciate what this amazing organization is doing to strengthen our community.
HCC has helped countless veterans find a new purpose during their transition from military to civilian life. Through education, mentoring, and volunteerism, HCC creates the springboard many veterans need to propel them into the next phase of their life.
I'm currently going through HCC's fellowship program and it is beyond any expectations I had before starting! The program has giving me the resources, training, and mentoring to ensure success with the business I am starting! They are gunuine and passionately dedicated to serving and empowering veterans.
My experience with this non-profit is beyond remarkable. Honor Courage Commitment / 22KILL changed my life. They took me in when I was homeless and in a desperate time trying to attend school and was still struggling mentally.
They took me in and offered me a make-over and an internship in which I was held accountable for my actions even when I made mistakes. They showed me the value of true-love for humanity and that everyone of us is remarkable and that Veterans are already the elite even though many Veterans struggle.
With the non-profits help I was able to rebuild my confidence that I lost and had a project for homeless people in which community was a big part. I felt empowered, that I had a purpose again and that I was valued and not forgotten like so many others.
I learned the three core values that they teach in their Entrepreneurs class which are:
3. Community Service
Those three principles allowed me to attend some of the many classes that the offered in their program to include business, brain performance training and also etiquette classes which I so much needed.
What the staff at the non-profit taught me was that I was valued and that they loved me for who I was when no one else did. I was still a brother in arms even though I had made some mistakes which they held me accountable. I was able to attend volunteering sessions that I normally would not have been privy to which showed me the value of giving back anyway you can. Purpose.
The organization also paid for my room and board for a year so that I was able to focus on school and getting on my feet again from being homeless. I was able to obtain employment through connections I made that the organization prepared me for by mock interviews, resume writing and professional development. I am truly thankful for the time and donor dollars that they invested in me because they believed in my ability to better myself. What I learned along the way were life lessons I still follow.
I strongly recommend this organization to any Veteran whether they are in business or just wanting to reconnecting with a cause greater than them. They love you for the great Veteran that you are and also that you want to be.
Good day everyone,
HCC nonprofit is great and they are putting veterans in position to start
their own business in industries that the fellows are pursuing. I would encourage
any type of veteran that want's hi or her own business to visit the HCC website and review the criteria's for the entrepreneur training. The more veterans opening new business and running them then we will see more veterans getting hired because veterans hire veterans and that's a fact.