Advocate

 “We’re giving military spouse business owners a seat at the table from the corporate board room to Capitol Hill.” ~Stephanie Brown

Current Advocacy Initiatives

MSCC is the voice for military spouse owned businesses all over the globe, check out our current initiatives.

2021 Year of the Military Spouse Entrepreneur

The 2021 Year of the Military Spouse Entrepreneur is a social awareness campaign designed to drive awareness and support to military spouse owned business. We are advocating at the highets levels to have “Military Spouse Owned” become a recognized category both in the private sector Billion Dollar Roundtable and public sector for government contracting.

HR 4991

Our COO Jaime Chapman is working to include military spouses as a beneficiary of G.I. Bill benefits, unused by the service member, to financially support entrepreneurship ventures. In H.R.4991 the Post-9/11 Veteran Business Acceleration Act, allows service members to elect fincial assistance to establish a business in lieu of educational assitance through the pilot program.

Military Spouse Co-Working Spaces

Our team members Stephanie Brown and Jaime Chapman have been working on an initiative with the Army’s Soldier for Life program to establish co-working spaces on Army installations across the nation. We’re looking at you Navy.

AAFES

Our CEO Stephanie Brown has been working on an initative to get military spouse owned products into AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service). Through The Rosie Network, Stephanie has been working to bring qualified veteran and military spouse-owned products into the AAFES supplier diversity chain and the AAFES National Diversity Veteran Small Business (NDVSB) eMarketplace.

Military Spouse Entrepreneur Task Force

Maria McConville, wife of the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, created MSETF to tackle the Home Based Business registration process, and SOFA barriers for overseas military spouse entrepreneurs. Thanks to MSETF, our founding team met and decided to create the Military Spouse Chamber.

Board of Advocates

Our honorary Board of Advocates is a powerhouse. We are lucky to have each and every one of these individuals affecting positive change within the military spouse business community.

Amy Schweizer

Amy Schweizer

Founder of Tiny Troops Soccer

Amy is an USMC military spouse of 10 years, mom to three boys, and an expert in youth sport development, with experience in program creation, coaching and program management, and the professional sports industry. She has a B.S. in Finance and M.S. in Sport Management, with certifications in group fitness, behavior change, and fitness nutrition. She is the Founder and Owner of Tiny Troops Soccer, a developmental program for children ages 1-8 with 35 locations worldwide. She loves creating physical activity programs that benefit the overall well-being of military children, families, and the surrounding communities, and is a passionate advocate for military spouse employment. She has recently published her first book – “I Will Be Okay – Adventures of a Military Kid”.

Why Advocate for Military Spouses?

Military spouses play a silent role in support of our Armed Forces… The result?

Among the top unemployment rates in the country, with NO formal recognition as a protected class.

  • Military Spouse Unemployment (Pre-2020) 24% 24%
  • Persons With A Disability (2020) 7.3% 7.3%
  • National Unemployment Rate (2020) 6.7% 6.7%
  • African American Unemployment (2020) 6.7% 6.7%
  • Veteran Unemployment (2020) 6.4% 6.4%
  • Female Unemployment (2020) 4% 4%

The Needle Hasn’t Moved

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Unemployment Remains Statistically Unchanged Since 2012

Despite an overwhelming positive response from employers across the nation to hire military spouses into traditional careers… Military spouse unemployment remains statistically unchanged since 2012, and the pandemic exacerbated the problem. It’s estimated that military spouse unemployment is in excess of 35% in 2020.

Military Spouses Have Spoken

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Of ALL MilSpouses are Self Employed or Business Owners

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Of Milspouse Entrepreneurs Feel it's Right for Their Family

Nearly half of ALL military spouses turn to business ownership or self employment as a viable career option. Of over 2,000 military spouse entrepreneur respondents, 87% believe that entrepreneurship is the right choice for their family.

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It’s Time to Amplify the Voice of Military Spouse Business

Lend Your Influence

We are working on a lot of initiatives ourselves, and in collaboration with a number of organizations. To make positive impacts we believe in “the more the merrier” ideology. There is room at the table for your voice.

Submit Your Ideas

We fly very close to the sun here, sometimes there are issues lurking right under our noses that we may not have thought of. Please email jchapman@milspousechamber.org to submit your ideas for initiatives we can help you advocate for.

The MSCC Philosophy

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Integrity First

Entrepreneurship isn’t right for every military spouse. We are here to shepard military spouses in the direction that is best for their career, whether it’s founding a business, or not.

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Entrepreneurship is a Lifestyle

Entrepreneurship is just as complex as being a military spouse. We are here to build confidence on the business side of things, so milspouse entrepreneurs can enjoy their military families in their spare time.

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Committed to Excellence

We never stop thinking about military spouses, and the life they live each day. Our entire mission is to be the one stop shop, so we can ease their journey to success. We are here to drive economic prosperity, health, and wellbeing for military spouses.

Spouses of Uniformed Service Members

Milspouses are Unemployed

Military Spouse Businesses

Veterans in the U.S.

Amplify the Voice of Military Spouse Business