Boots to Business is an easy, effective way for Greater Boston employers to connect with the region’s highly skilled Veteran community. Businesses can make a long-lasting impact on the lives of Veterans, develop meaningful connections through various mentor opportunities, and better understand the best practices and benefits behind hiring Veterans.
Unemployment and underemployment among Veterans remains above the national average, a challenge compounded by the increasing number of service men and women returning from active duty. Yet these individuals’ diverse skills, leadership traits, and unwavering commitment to excellence are critical to helping businesses in our region grow and succeed.
Veteran Mentorship Program: This new program allows you to help shape an individual Veteran’s professional life. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) and the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS), employers can develop meaningful, one-on-one relationships with local veterans.
Mentors are not responsible for finding their mentee a job placement; rather, they act as coach, catalyst, or facilitator for a veteran who is trying secure employment in the civilian workforce. Mentors commit to work with the veteran for at least three months; participate in a brief mentor training; meet with their Veteran mentee for approximately four hours per month; and provide resume, interviewing, and networking advice.
American Corporate Partners Advising: Through a Chamber partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP), Chamber members have access to two components of the widely used ACP program.
AdvisorNet: Individuals can provide advice to Veterans in a more flexible, online platform, at no cost. AdvisorNet is an opportunity for professionals nationwide to assist Veterans in the virtual world; they can answer Veterans’ questions about the workplace, help critique their resumes, etc., and provide basic job search assistance.
Corporate partnerships: This is a more hands-on opportunity designed for large, national employers. Participating organizations make a pledge to assist Veterans as a national sponsorship opportunity – by becoming ACP participating institutions.