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Paycheck Protection Program Version 2.0 is Now Open, Timing to Submit is Critical – Do Not Wait

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Veteran owned businesses, call your banker now! You don’t want the money to run out before you get yours!

The $284 billion PPP2 refundable loan offering is now available for struggling small businesses, especially Veteran owned businesses.  Just as in the first round, most PPP2 loans use the same multiplier of 2.5 times a company’s average monthly payroll for 2019. This time there is also increased access to PPP for veteran, minority, underserved, and women-owned businesses. SBA has also expanded the ways you can use the funds. To be eligible you must:

  • Have 300 or fewer employees
  • Suffered at least a 25 percent drop in quarterly revenue in ANY quarter from 2020 relative to the same quarter in 2019
  • For those who received funds from the first PPP offering, eligible second-draw borrowers must have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan on or before the date on which the PPP Second Draw loan is disbursed
Calculating Your Revenue Loss

Calculating your revenue loss can be tricky so make sure your CPA and/or banker agree on the numbers. This time you may now use your 2020 payroll data as well, potentially maximizing your loan amount. Calculating revenue loss; pick ANY single quarter from 2020 where your gross revenue dropped at least 25 percent OR you can choose to annualize your numbers (compare your 2020 revenue from 2019 numbers). Though we believe these are the rules today, always triple check with the SBA (link below), your CPA, and your banker.

View the latest information from the SBA here for more information or here for Veteran specific information.

Even if you didn’t apply for a PPP loan for your business the first time, you really need look into it and to act now!

Use of Funds

The use of funds has been expanded a bit this time and now includes payroll costs, mortgage interest expense, rent, utilities, covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures.

Expect Some Confusion & Clunkiness With the Rollout

Your banker will likely be overwhelmed with requests for information and help in processing applications but don’t take the chance of you falling through the cracks – CALL THEM! Expect a bit of chaos and confusion though as everyone tries to set up processes while making required adjustments and enhancements to their systems. The good news is that some borrowers using the same banker as their first PPP lender, may even see reduced paperwork requirements. Adding to the likely frenzy will be a lot of “elbowing” by everyone to make sure they get to the front of the line, be prepared to do a little of that yourself. As Veterans, that’s not a new concept though, go get some.

If your banker isn’t as responsive as you need them to be, give them a little room for understanding, but you may also be well served to try find another one to hedge your bets while you wait! Remember, one plan is no plan, make a back-up plan. You don’t want the money to run out before you get yours! Make sure you get on their radar, confirm they are indeed participating, and get your application submitted ASAP.

VetCV Tips & News for Vetrepreneurship

Part of our mission is to support Veteran owned businesses with tools, resources, ideas, and tips they can use as they manage and build their businesses. We are starting with “News & Tips” like this blog post but will expand inside the VetCV Vault App into a dynamic resource library of tools and resources our Vetrepreneur VetCV Community can trust and count on.

The economy will roar back and VetCV will be there to help! If you have any ideas, interesting stories, or news your VetCV brothers and sisters can benefit from, let us know and we’ll get on it. Let’s get going and take on 2021!

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2020 is Thankfully Behind Us, Let’s Crush 2021!

VetCV Happy New Year 2021

Good Riddance to 2020! Now Let’s Take On 2021.

Good riddance, 2020 is behind us, the election is over, and now we “Adapt and Overcome” as we make 2021 a year of new prosperity for our friends, family, and America. We could all benefit from “Calm Seas and Fair Winds” for a few minutes, then Let’s Crush 2021!

This year VetCV we will continue to add new Vault App features asked for by members. We are working on the next two Vault modules in our development que for the first half of ’21. They are My Health and My Pets.

  • My Health: This feature will begin with being able to track your meds and immunizations. Additional My Healt pieces will be rolled out as they are built and tested.
  • My Pets: We are pretty excited about the My Pets module too. Probably because we know how important they are to so many of us. You’ll be able to quickly create a profile for all your pet family members, even track important information about them. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Our really big push for 2021 will also be on helping the VetCV community find “Great Jobs with Great Employers.” In addition to getting more employers to join as Top Patriot Employer Partners, we will be adding more vetted teaming Partners who offer a variety of services and resources you can use as search, interview, and secure your next job. If you know someone who’s hiring we’d love the referral, please send them our way.

Get Ready Now

Because we believe COVID will be under control as we approach summer (hopefully sooner), the economy will roar back! Therefore, employers will need outstanding talent like you, and we will be signing “Happy Days Are Here Again” before summer. Now is the time to make sure you are ready by having your Resume up to date and converted to “Civilian Speak.” The VetCV Vault helps you build your resume quickly and easily with the Resume Builder feature. Of course we also have links to Teaming Partners that help Veterans on a daily basis navigate your transition. 

If you have any ideas, interesting stories, or news your VetCV brothers and sisters can benefit from, let us know and we’ll get on it. Good riddance to 2020, let’s get going and take on 2021!

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Season Greetings & Giving!

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Happy Holidays from your VetCV team! 2020 has been quite a year for most of us

Giving someone a gift is truly rewarding and this year especially, might just be one of only a few things you can completely control and genuinely feel good about.

During the holidays there are many ways to help Active Duty service members, our Veterans, and their families through what sometimes can be difficult times. You can help by giving a little of your time, donate unopened new toys, simply giving a little cash to a worthy cause, or even just encourage someone to add a bit more fitness to their daily routine or share with them a few ideas on better nutrition. Here are a few ways you can make a difference this holiday season.

  • Help specific groups of veterans, such as disabled or injured veterans, homeless veterans, or veterans in need of employment
  • Health and Wellness ideas. Proper specific nutrition has been know to help PTSD and substance abuse. Check out the Wellness and Fitness section of the VetCV App to learn more
  • Contact local Veterans nonprofits or hospitals. Often there are Veterans who have no family or friends around and keep them company during the holidays. Most of these centers raise donations or can help by volunteering your time.
  • Donate your used car. Remember your first duty station? Having a car was liberating!
  • Pick up the phone, call local veteran organizations like the American Legion and ask how to help this holiday season.
  • Tell someone about VetCV and our mission to always support the needs of our member community.
Companies that Hire Veterans

VetCV’s Top 10 Companies that Hire Veterans

If you’ve read our blog posts, Most Common Interview Questions and What Questions to Ask in an Interview, you are ready to start applying to these top 10 companies that hire Veterans:

1. Lockheed Martin

At Lockheed Martin, Veterans are at the center of everything they do — in fact, one in five of their employees have served in uniform. They help men and women successfully transition into civilian careers. Their goal is to find opportunities for Veterans to take on the same kind of long-term challenging assignments they tackled while in the military.

2. USAA

For the past three years, USAA has aimed to have thirty percent of all new hires be Veterans or military spouses or partners. USAA has Veteran-specific programs internally set up to train Veterans on transitioning to civilian life, how to be mortgage specialists, and more. These programs are one of the reasons it makes VetCV’s top 10 list of companies that hire Veterans.

3. Boeing

Boeing offers personal and professional network support and skills transition opportunities that ease the burden of the military-to-civilian transition process. This includes offering skill development and training for workforce transition; supporting recovery and rehabilitation programs that focus on post-traumatic stress, mental and physical injuries and suicide prevention; and employee volunteerism in Veteran-specific communities. Boeing has consistently remained on top of the list of companies that hire Veterans.

4. Intelligent Waves

Intelligent Waves is a service-disabled, Veteran Owned Small business that specializes in providing information technology and communications support to a wide variety of U.S. government customers. Their number one priority is the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen serving our country.

5. ManTech International

If you’re returning to civilian life and looking to start your new career, ManTech has opportunities that fit exceptionally well with the skills and experiences acquired in the military. And if you’re a Veteran who has gained civilian work experience or earned university degrees since your time on active duty, they would like to talk to you. Forty-six percent of their employees have a military background.

6. U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Roughly a third of CBP’s staff has served in the military. If you are a Veteran joining CBP, you will find many others that share your military background and principles. When it comes to principles, Veterans personify CBP’s core values: vigilance, integrity and service to country. Furthermore, Veterans fit in well with CBP’s culture of teamwork, integrity, and innovation.

7. Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen was founded by a Veteran, has continuously supported the Department of Defense since working with their first DoD client in 1940, and, today, one-third of Booz Allen’s employees have a military background. Booz Allen invests in helping its Veteran, reservist, and military spouse employees thrive.

8. BAE Systems

Veterans possess the skills, character, and determination to get the job done, from cyber operations and intelligence analysis to combat vehicles and mission-critical electronic systems. BAE Systems provides solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and its allies, and they offer an environment where Veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work.

9. Schneider National

Schneider hires military veterans for the right reasons and has been committed to those who serve for over 80 years. Their Credit for Military Experience Program takes that commitment to new heights. If you served in the military, they’ll reward you with higher starting pay — in addition to Apprenticeship Program monthly educational benefit checks.

10. Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific recognizes that members of the United States military are dedicated individuals who bring a unique set of experience and skills to their company. Since their inception in 1862, they’ve supported the military – both in moving troops, supplies and equipment, and in hiring Veterans. There is support at every level of their company – all the way up to the Board of Directors.

To be among the top companies that hire Veterans, you don’t have to set up new programs for Veterans or be founded by a Veteran. You just have to make a few changes including gaining support from the executive level, positioning your company as actively seeking to hire Veterans, and making sure your overall company values align with the values of service men and women.

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6 Ways Employers Can Help Veterans Transition Into The Civilian Workforce

Transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce can be extremely difficult to a veteran; some compare it to starting a new job in a different country. The culture is different, the language is different, the body language is different, the mindset is different. Everything is different. Having an understanding of the difficulties associated with making this transition will help you as an employer, become successful at hiring our nations finest resources. Here are six strategies that can guide you in the right direction of effectively leading a highly skilled team of veterans

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