SBA Announces Military Spouse Employment Partnership with the Department of Defense

WASHINGTON – On Dec. 9, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration will join the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) for a virtual ceremony. The SBA is one of 85 new partners joining MSEP, bringing the total number of employers to 500.

MSEP connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who commit to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Since its inception in 2011, MSEP employers have hired more than 175,000 military spouses.

“SBA proudly joins this partnership, which will strengthen our Agency’s dedication and support to the one million military spouses in our nation’s military community located around the world,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Military spouses are skilled, diverse, problem solvers, and we welcome their contributions to SBA.”

The SBA Office of Veterans Business Development also ensures that military spouses and service members remain empowered to grow and succeed as small business owners. The SBA provides veterans and their spouses with valuable business ownership tools, including entrepreneurial training, government contracting, disaster assistance and capital access.

“It is a privilege for SBA to enter into this partnership. Our Agency understands the challenge for military spouses to find and maintain employment with frequent change of station moves,” says Elias Hernandez, SBA Chief Human Capital Officer. “Military spouses contribute significantly to our nation, and SBA looks forward to offering opportunities to these talented individuals who support their spouses serving our country.”

For those interested in viewing the SBA’s induction into the partnership, the Department of Defense will live stream the opening session on the Military OneSource Facebook page, as well as the individual induction ceremony that will be live-streamed on the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Facebook page at 1 p.m. EST.

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