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  • STCOC Military Affairs Update | Announcements, News & Events - October 2021

    Thank you to those who attended this month’s MAC meeting and to our featured speaker, Aleksandra Johnston, Regional Manager (East), Corporate Fellowship Program, Hiring Our Heroes. Learn more @ https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-services/fellowships.

    Thank you to our new meeting sponsor Hotel South Tampa & Suites!

    Files shared at the meeting, as well as other helpful resources, can be found in your NEW STCOC MAC DROPBOX FOLDER HERE.

    Upcoming Committee Meetings – Always Second Tuesday @ 3:00pm
    As the health and safety of our members and our community remains our top priority, committee meetings will return to a virtual setting for the time being. Please make sure to RSVP to receive the ZOOM link for participation.
    • November 9: Committee Meeting | RSVP HERE
    • November 19: Tour of MacDill AFB | Registration to open soon.
    • December – No meetings in December  
    Chamber News
    Member & Community Announcements

    Hiring Our Heroes fellowship cohort deadline for applications is October 22
    The HOH Fellows Program is a best-in-class workforce development program that places highly skilled and educated transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and military caregivers with employers committed to hiring them. Learn more @ https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-services/fellowships/.

    Are you committed to hiring Military Spouses?
    The #DiscoverTheTalent initiative empowers businesses of all sizes to support military spouse employment in their communities by working with Hiring Our Heroes to target military spouses for job opportunities and share their success. Complete the interest form below to receive information about the #DiscoverTheTalent programs, training opportunities, and events. Sign up @ https://www.hiringourheroes.org/employers/discover-the-talent/

    Learn more about the Tampa Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone
    In 2018, Hiring Our Heroes and a coalition of local business, civic, and military communities designated Tampa a Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) because of Tampa’s potential to lead the nation in military spouse employment. In 2020, Tampa was recognized by Hiring Our Heroes as the Military Spouse Community of the Year because of employers like you! Below are the actions local employers can take to help us lead the way in showcasing Tampa as a hub of skilled and resourceful military talent. | Click here to learn more.

    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority launched a pilot toll savings program for MacDill Air Force Base employees
    For drivers who use the Selmon Expressway every day for their commute, the savings will be as much as 40% each month.   To enroll in the program, you must be employed at the MacDill Air Force Base and have a SunPass account in good standing.  The website for this pilot program is www.SelmonDiscount.com.

    Upcoming Military & Community Events

    Oct. 23 | Make-a-Difference Day 2021
    The Center for Development & Civic Engagement (formerly Voluntary Service) at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVH) is facilitating the annual “Homeward Bound for Those Who Served’ on Make A Difference Day”, Saturday, October 23, 2021.  This program will look different than years past, as we are continuing to protect our most vulnerable patients from the outside world—gift cards will be mailed. We hope that each of you will join us again this year to support the “Homeward Bound for those Who Served” project. The Medical Foster Home program provides placement for approximately 60 non-service connected Veterans who are dependent, chronically or terminally ill with limited family and financial support.  | Click here for for details and pledge information.

    Oct. 29 | Hiring Event for Veterans & Military Families
    CareerSource Tampa Bay and MacDill Air Force Base - Military & Family Readiness Center will be hosting a virtual hiring event for Hillsborough County Veterans and Military Families. The event will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Nov. 2 | Tampa Military Officers Association of America Tampa Transitioning  Service Members Event
    There are a multitude of events for transitioning military members, BUT none quite
    like this! The typical event focuses on resume development, interview skills, dressing
    for success, building your elevator speech, etc., while our event goes a completely different direction... ...we are focused on helping military members support themselves and their families now that they have the opportunity to put down real and lasting roots in the Tampa community. | More info & RSVP Here
    Nov. 3 | Tampa GROW & HIRING FAIR
    Connecting World Class Military Community Talent with American Employers. GROW is a grassroots recruitment opportunity workshop geared to pairing military spouse talent with local employers or national employers with a local footprint. | Learn more here.
    Nov. 5 | Get Fancy with VIT: VetsinTech Gala 2021
    Our 2021 VetsinTech Annual Gala celebration is just around the corner! Don't miss this opportunity to help support VetsinTech and our mission to connect Veterans and Military spouses with jobs in technology! This year's event will feature a host of special celebrity appearances including chart-topping viral Country Music artist Walker Hayes ('Fancy Like') and other cameos, meals catered by UberEats, and much, much more! Get tickets today and stay tuned for more existing exciting news and announcements. | More info & Tickets Here

    Nov. 6 | Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium (VETS)
    Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium (VETS), presented by HCC and USAA on Saturday, November 6, 2021! This event is designed for Veterans, active-duty personnel, their spouses, and civilian business partners who are interested in starting a business, or already have a small business and need additional knowledge and tools to grow that business. The general public is also welcome to attend, learn, network, and collaborate. You can attend in person at the HCC Dale Mabry Campus, or virtually through Zoom. | More info & RSVP Here
    Nov. 11 | Flags for Hillsborough’s Heroes
    Join the Rotary Club of Tampa as we celebrate the heroes in our lives by placing a flag in their honor. Flags for Hillsborough’s Heroes is a spectacular visual honor for our loved ones, military, veterans, first responders, medical staff, teachers, and anyone else who serves. Over 200 flags will fill Veterans Memorial Park for three days in November as a beautiful tribute to the strength of our community and to those who make a difference. Each 3×5 flag bears a medallion with the name of an honoree, their service information, and the sponsor’s name. The sponsor of that flag chooses who it will honor and may keep or present the medallion to the honoree after the event as a keepsake. Info @ https://flagsforheroestampa.org/