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Marylyn Harris | Nov. 30, 2012

Published on November 29, 2012

Marylyn Harris, executive director of the Women Veterans Business Center, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss the high unemployment rates women veterans face and how her organization aims to provide support.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on helping women veterans transition to civilian life with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Transitioning to civilian life after serving in the military can be challenging for all service members, and according to Marylyn Harris, executive director of the Women Veterans Business Center, women veterans especially face high unemployment rates. She discussed the issue with KUHF business reporter Andrew Schneider for Bauer Business Focus recently.

“Younger women veterans are so used to a culture that provides everything you need, so when you’re done in the military and return to the civilian world, you have to go out and get everything yourself,” Harris said. “It’s a different experience, and for some, it takes longer to integrate than others.”

Harris and her team aim to help women returning from service find careers and build lives outside the military.

“At the Women Veterans Business Center we believe entrepreneurship is an alternate career path. We have a 10-week curriculum that helps them develop the infrastructure of their business, including feasibility studies, analyze financial reports and do market research until we produce a business plan. At the culmination of the program, they have a stab at their business plan, a living, breathing document that they can use and build on.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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