The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to implement a new “Hire a Hero‟ program to encourage local businesses to employ local veterans and to guide new applicants through the intricate hiring process.
“With the unemployment rate for young veterans being a staggering 20 percent, our own government leaders and local business organizations want to take action and make a difference in the lives of our local hometown heroes,” says Joe Roy, area Manager for the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center. “The Center for Business Excellence, SCORE and officials from Flagler County, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are pulling together all of their resources to commit to this essential new initiative.”
Local veterans who have been honorably discharged, who live in Flagler County and are eligible to work may contact the One Stop Employment Center at (386) 323-7011 or the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce at (386) 437-0106. Once registered, SCORE and the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center will assist with creating resumes and practicing interviewing skills. Preference will be given to unemployed veterans, although all veterans are eligible for this program.business
Flagler County businesses are urged to review their employee needs and commit to filling a vacancy with a hometown veteran. Tax credits may also be available to those who hire a veteran as well as grants from the Center for Business Excellence. Acting to employ a local veteran may boost the economy and honor the men and women who served the nation.
For more information about the “Hire a Hero‟ program, contact Joe Roy at the Business Assistance Center at (386) 986-2499 or Doug Baxter at the Chamber at (386) 437-0106.