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Saluting Success: Veterans Making an Impact Through Education, Entrepreneurship, and Community Building


ICIC proudly highlights the achievements of veteran alumni and supporters from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, showcased by entrepreneurs such as Carl Chaisson and Darcella Craven. These individuals are not only advancing in their business endeavors but are also leaving a positive impact on the veteran community. Under the leadership of Carl Chaisson, United One Communications goes beyond cybersecurity expertise, embodying the fusion of education and community engagement fostered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The company, a defense contractor since 2015, not only contributes to national cybersecurity efforts but also prioritizes the education and development of its employees. Darcella Craven, the driving force behind the VetBiz, is dedicated to empowering veterans through entrepreneurship. Whether as Executive Director of VetBiz or Regional Advocate at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, her comprehensive approach includes education, consulting, and mentoring, resulting in impressive outcomes such as creating jobs and assisting more than 8,000 entrepreneurs. Both stories exemplify how education and community building are essential foundations for building successful and socially conscious businesses that contribute meaningfully to the community and the nation. Read More


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