WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Terry McAuliffe presented today the first place award for the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program to StreetShares. Governor McAuliffe visited StreetShares in Reston, Virginia to also announce the updated 25,000 veteran jobs goal for V3 and to share his passion for the veteran community.
"I am on a mission to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the Nation," said Governor McAuliffe. "We have the fastest-growing veteran population, the greatest share of veterans in our workforce, and the largest percentage of female veterans of any state in the country."
The V3 Program reached the initial goal of creating 10,000 veteran jobs years early, and accomplished the 20,000-job stretch goal in November 2016. The Governor set a new goal today to reach 25,000 veteran jobs before he leaves office.
"We're thrilled to bring StreetShares into the V3 Program as we work to hit our new goal of 25,000 veterans hired by the end of my Administration," Governor McAuliffe said. "We have a shared passion for empowering Virginia veterans and making smart investments in education, employment, and entrepreneurship."
StreetShares also announced the "StreetShares 1,000 Virginia Veteran Jobs Initiative," to support the V3 goal of 25,000 veteran jobs in the next 12 months.
"Great companies, like great governors, seek to solve great problems. That's what we're trying to do here," said Mark L. Rockefeller, Iraq war veteran, CEO and Co-Founder of StreetShares. "StreetShares has a community of more than 30,000 veterans, small businesses and those who support them, brought together by mobile technology." Rockefeller described StreetShares as a 'force-multiplier' to reach Virginia's goal.
Additionally, Rockefeller announced the finalists for the StreetShares Foundation's Veteran Small Business Award. In support of veteran entrepreneurship, the Foundation's goal is to inspire, educate, and support veteran business ownership in America through content, inspirational stories, and three business grants totaling to $10,000 each month. Grants are made possible by partnering with JPMorgan Chase who also attended the event and has a shared passion for veteran entrepreneurship.
About StreetShares, Inc.
StreetShares, Inc. is America's social finance community for veterans and their supporters. Business owners get fast, affordable small business loans through investors who support their business. Membership is free and open to all Americans.
Both StreetShares, Inc. and StreetShares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are veteran-operated and located outside of Washington, D.C.
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