Opening a business is one antidote to the large unemployment rate for service families.

The Veterans Business Resource Center is moving its April military spouse entrepreneurship training from an in-person seminar to a webinar. 

The Veterans Business Resource Center will conduct the webinar on two consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 25 and May 2. 

There is no charge to attend the seminar, which is open to spouses and family members of active duty servicemen and servicewomen, Guard, Reservists and veterans. 

To register and access the webinar online, visit https://vetbiz.com/news-events/

The seminar will help spouses discover what type of business they might like to start, if that business is viable, or how to grow if they are already involved in a micro-business. 

Nearly a quarter of military spouses are unemployed but looking for work, according to the 2019 Military Family Lifestyle survey. Of the 77% who say they are underemployed:

42% report they are paid less than they expected 42% are paid less than their work experience 40% are overqualified for their current position 31% are paid less than their previous position 25% worked fewer hours than they wanted

The under- and unemployed spouses say they don’t have the work they desire for multiple reasons: lack of child care, frequent relocation for new deployments, or supporting the job demands of the service member, such as extended absences or long work days. 

“As a single mother serving in the Army, I personally endured the challenges these spouses experience. Since well-paid, meaningful employment is so difficult for military husbands and wives to obtain, particularly in rural areas, where so many bases are located, entrepreneurship is a viable option that the VBRC wants to help spouses explore,” VBRC President and Chief Fear Conqueror Darcella Craven said. 

Despite frequent moves, spouses have options such starting a consulting firm, running a home-based business or selling products on Etsy, Ebay or Amazon. 

“We are saying, ‘Don’t wait to start your business.’ You have options and we can help you explore what those are and how to get going,” Craven said.  

To learn more or register for the seminar, visit vetbiz.com or call 314-531-VETS (8387).