The Hamline Law Veterans Association recently hosted "From the Battlefield to Business:
Helping Veterans Navigate Business Formation & Management," a forum for veterans, service members, lawyers and business-people to learn about the benefits of veteran-owned businesses.
The forum was developed to bring together interested parties and resources, including the Minnesota Veterans Small Business Loan Program, which provides business loans to veterans who have returned from active duty and are interested in starting their own businesses. Another session focused on explaining the intricacies of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which protects service members called to active duty in retaining their employment. Guest speakers included Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, whose office administers a number of state business functions; attorneys John Baker (a Hamline Law alumnus), and Jack Roberts, veterans who both deal with veterans issues in their practices; and Rupert Strobel, a volunteer with SCORE, a nonprofit that counsels small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
Morgan Gabse, a third-year Hamline Law student and one of the event’s organizers, was interviewed about the event on KSTP-TV, which can be seen here.