If you want to uplift military spouse owned business, volunteering is a great way to help and meet other military spouse entrepreneurs.
Featured Volunteer Roles
As a business mentor you share knowledge and experience, advice, counsel, network contacts and political and cultural know-how. You provide ongoing business support and encouragement to foster the career development of the mentee.
- Have a strong desire to help others to grow and develop.
- Understands how organizations work (formally and informally), and knowledge of key players in the mentee’s industry.
- Desire to economically bolster a small business.
- You have strong listening skills.
- Are self-aware.
- You understand cultural and gender differences and are sensitive to these differences.
We are building a new mentor matchmaking program to empower our military spouse business owners, and help them grow their businesses.
Provide Your Expertise
What are you good at? We’d love to hear your ideas about how your expertise can help military spouse business owners who are members of the chamber.
We would love a volunteer SEO expert to optimize our website, does this sound like you?
A part of our certification process includes site visits. Most of those site visits are virtual, but for military spouse owned businesses who have a storefront, we drop in face to face for the visit.
A major resource we will be providing military spouses is events and conferences. Would you like to volunteer at an event?
There is never enough content! We need blog posts, social media posts, and more.
Our Brand Ambassadors
Adrene is an experienced community and economic developer with a background in training and development. She has played a key role in the creation of content that has helped to connect military bases and defense communities specifically tailored toward workforce development.
As an Air Force veteran and military spouse, she placed a heavy emphasis on the need to work with transitioning veterans and their families to help overcome un/underemployment. Given her experience with the military and her experience working with local industries she was able to create pipelines between various organizations and local military installations.
With a combination of continued education and experience she has been able to strengthen her focus and be a part of some amazing teams.
Rosa L. Carmona was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and lived there until 2002. Her education includes 4 years in Industrial Chemistry and various educational certificates in the Human Resources field. In 2002, she moved to the United States with her husband who is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Since then, she has served as a mentor to many military spouses within the Hispanic community to ensure that they have the understanding and awareness of the many benefits and potential challenges while serving in the military. She volunteered her time at schools to help teachers and staff members with daily tasks while serving as an ambassador for new families joining the school. At one point, she tried to start her own business and realized how difficult the process was for a military spouse due to recurring transfer orders, lack of time in the area, etc. Her passion to advocate for the Hispanic community coupled with 20 plus years of experience as military spouse have equipped her with the knowledge and understanding of the many challenges new military families may encounter. Been there, done that, right? Her creative mindset is always looking for new ways to give back and help others. She enjoys embroidery, arts and crafts, cooking and traveling with her family.
Rosalynn Robb is a passionate small business cleaning owner and consultant with the sole aim of helping others. Rosalynn caught a vision after engaging in several Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force meetings. She decided to create a business that would elevate domestic work and advocate for human trafficking victims while giving back to organizations helping the most vulnerable.
She believes to whom much has been given, much is expected. She has never forgotten her humble beginnings as an orphan in the Philippines and how her forever family brought her home to Rhode Island at three and a half years of age. Rosalynn believes what touches the heart reaches the heart, and the best way to build a business is to be authentic and focus on relationships over money.
Rosalynn created CleanStart Consulting to help other small cleaning business owners worldwide grow and strengthen their businesses. Rosalynn specializes in building structure in operations, creating a team culture where everyone is 100% committed, and fostering amazing client relationships. She is committed to making sure the cleaning owner is seen, heard, and understood first while building a successful business. Rosalynn is the Chief Editor of CleanStarter™Magazine, aimed to inspire, encourage, and support other cleaning business owners worldwide.
Rosalynn married Andrew in 2018, and they have lived in Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas while serving in the United States Air Force.
Stephanie Gerson grew up in Southern California and went to college in beautiful Monterey where she graduated with a BA in Global Studies with a Business Minor. After college she stayed in Monterey to explore the area and pursue her career in tourism by working at a hostel and a hotel. Shortly after graduating, she met her soon to be spouse, a Marine who also had a passion for exploring. Determined to not let the transient military life stop her from building her resume, she continued her education with a Non-Profit Management and Grant Writing Certificate. She was also able to explore other career paths and found an opportunity to be a travel agent. She now is an independent travel agent under Passports and Pinots and most recently received a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management. Giving back to the military community is also very important to her and she has volunteered with several spouses club’s and is currently on the Stuttgart Community Spouses Club board. She continues to pursue her main passion in community development and tourism management, all while finding time to travel with her husband and 2 young children.
TaTanisha Jones-Brown was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Sacramento, CA. In 1997, TaTanisha began working with military families at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, NV. Her education includes an a AAS in Education and a BS in Public Health. She is an active volunteer and has a love for traveling and photography. TaTanisha knows her passion in life is helping her community and supporting military families. She has prided herself in growing into a self-motivated, analytical, and detailed-oriented Child Development Specialist with over 10 years of experience on managing military childcare programs. She excles in coordinating, managing daily operations, overseeing administrative functions, mentoring personnel, and providing effective resources for military families. As the widow of a retired Master Sergeant of the Air Force, TaTanisha appreciates the importance of resources, unity and being an active part of the amazing military community.
Yanette Santiago was born and raised in Southern California. In 2017, Yanette began devoting her time to helping those in the military community during her husband’s military service. She spent a few years volunteering for the Military & Civilian Spouses Club of Fort Irwin as the publicity coordinator and special events co-chair, volunteered her time to her spouses’ chain of command as a Co-Family Readiness Group leader and secretary for steering committee meetings, and also helped her community by becoming a community mayor that informed the garrison command of what improvements were needed. Currently, studying for her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, working full time for a large company, and is an active volunteer for a military nonprofit. She is a mother to a son who was born with a limb difference, one daughter, and has a passion for helping others. Her strengths are communication and connecting with others. With her passion to help the military community, she looks forward to assisting MSCC in providing resources for military spouses to help them succeed.
Why Volunteer With Us?
Military service is the highest honor, and the spouses of service members sacrifice their peak career season to support the military. We’re here to smooth the road for military spouse business owners, and by being a part of our volunteer team, you can join our mission to serve.
Hands on Experience
Our leadership team has a combined tenure of more than 30 years both as military spouses, and as entrepreneurs. We are a tight-knit bunch, you will get hands on experience working with our C-Level team to build your work experience and professional network.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award
Our volunteers can track hours of service for eligibilty to recieve The President’s Volunteer Service Award. We make tracking your hours easy with the use of an easy to use smartphone app.
Entrepreneurship isn’t right for every military spouse. We are here to shepard military spouses the direction that is best, whether it’s founding a business, or not.
Entrepreneurship is a Lifestyle
Entrepreneurship is just as complex as being a military spouse. We are here to build the confidence for our military spouse members on the business side of things, so they can enjoy their military families in their spare time.
Committed to Excellence
We never stop thinking about milspouses, and the life they live each day. Our entire mission is to be the one stop shop, so we can ease the milspouse entrepreneur’s journey to success. We are here to drive economic prosperity, health, and wellbeing of the military spouse business owner.