WASHINGTON (NNS) — Navy and Marine Corps spouses now have a new resource to help them develop a portable business that can be operated in cyberspace from virtually anywhere.
In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Navy and Marine Corps Spouse Employment program is operating the Virtual Business Owners (VBO) Initiative. This program will help increase employment opportunities for Navy and Marine Corps spouses and could improve the economic well-being for service member families.
The service operates an interactive online environment where participants can learn and access business resources and experts in real time. Spouses who are interested in starting their own business can access the site and register to attend ongoing seminars.
Training materials are provided prior to each seminar via email, and cover the following topics:
– Starting a Virtual Business
– Promoting the Virtual Model Concept
– Communicating in a Virtual Environment
– Marketing Your Virtual Company
In addition, spouses are provided a number of self-help articles by military spouses who have successfully established their own businesses in cyberspace.
“We’ve registered 252 participants with VBO and trained over 70 spouses since the August 2002 launch, and most feel it is some of the best training ever offered to spouses,” said Victoria Parham, the project’s host and presenter. “They’ve been flabbergasted at the quality of the program. Quite a few are now in the start-up phases of their virtual businesses.”
Registered spouses also have access to a VBO message board and a board of subject matter experts who provide support, mentoring and assistance. There is also a VBO resource library to support military spouse entrepreneurs in cyberspace.
VBO is presented by the U.S. Navy on the LIFELines Services Network at www.lifelines2000.org. LIFELines is the Department of the Navy’s real-time, online multi-media Quality of Life (QOL) services delivery system providing Sailors, Marines and their families with “equal access to high quality QOL services regardless of duty location.”
For related news, visit the LIFELines Services Network Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/lifelines.
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