Military spouses learn important entrepreneur skills
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Military spouses can face a battle of their own when it comes to finding a career that fits the military lifestyle.
The goal of a workshop this week at Fort Hood is to make the dream of business ownership a reality for military spouses. Several groups have teamed up to teach spouses, like Deidre Salisbury, to start a business.
"In this job market, it's really hard to find a job,” Salisbury said. “So I figured I can be my own boss."
During the next week, more than two dozen participants will learn the basics of business—like creating a business and marketing plan.
"We were very surprised on how prepared everybody actually was because they have had these dreams for a long time and haven't really had someone there to mentor them, or tell them how to get their business going," Taryn Ellis with CTC Students in Free Enterprise said.
At the end of the week, participants will pitch their business proposal to a panel of judges. The winners will receive $1,000 to cover start-up costs.
"Everybody has a dream, but you have to look at all the aspects of the dream,” Salisbury said. “You always have to have an exit strategy. You always have to think of every tiny detail before you can consider a dream like this."
The workshop was organized by the Central Texas College Students in Free Enterprise, Central Texas Business Resource Center and Fort Hood Army Community Service.