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Kevin Barber | June 24, 2011

Published on June 22, 2011

Helping veteran-owned small businesses will alleviate the high unemployment rate for returning veterans, says Kevin Barber, CEO and founder of Veteran Energy.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on how returning veterans can easily transition back into the workforce or own their own business with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

While the job market has proved taxing for the general population, returning veterans are having an even tougher time getting their foot in the door.

Kevin Barber, CEO and founder of Veteran Energy, a Houston-area natural gas wholesale company that is transitioning into the retail electricity market, stopped by Bauer Business Focus to discuss giving veterans the resources to find their place in the workforce.

“The unemployment rate for veterans is quite a bit higher than it is out there for the general population,” Barber said. “It’s a problem, and if we can start and help veteran-owned small businesses to hire veterans, than we’ll help alleviate a lot of that situation.”

Barber, who spent three years in the U.S. Army in the Military Police Corps, said he understands the importance of being involved with organizations geared to help veterans in the job search.

“There’s getting to be a lot more resources available for returning veterans that want to start their own business,” he added. “There are many things that veterans can do to give them that edge in the marketplace, like getting involved in the different associations where you can start to see that daily flow of jobs, and build camaraderie, where you realize there are other guys out there that have gone through what you went through.”

With approximately 20,000 veterans living in the city of Houston, Barber is striving to give back to those who have served their country through his business and outreach.

“I think at the end of the day, Americans want to reward and thank these young men and women and veterans across the board for their service. It’s a feel-good thing to be able to support veterans and their businesses.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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