Owner Attends White House Workshop
Roland Foss, owner of Mission Market, Joins other entrepreneurs, government leaders and corporate partners in generating high-impact ideas to help veterans.
According to government figures, military veterans are more likely to become entrepreneurs than non-veterans with similar characteristics. Their propensity towards self-employment has a large impact on our economy: an estimated $1.2-1.5 trillion in economic activity is created by veteran-owned businesses. In keeping with ongoing efforts to support our Nation’s veterans, Joining Forces and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy sponsored a Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Workshop today to identify and prioritize ideas that can assist veterans who wish to build their own businesses.
Attending the workshop at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. were representatives from corporate partners like Wal-Mart, Bank of America, CitiBank and executive agencies like the National Economic Council, Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Labor, and Veteran’s Administration, as well as veteran-entrepreneurs from a variety of fields. Each brought their unique perspectives to brainstorm around such focus areas as access to capital, franchising, improving the Boots to Business program, and strengthening connections between veterans and existing public- and private-sector resources.
Roland Foss, Owner and General Manager of Mission Market in Fullerton, California, was honored to attend the event. “There was a lot of brainpower and willpower in that room. You knew from the outset that something good would happen from this event.” Foss, who served as an active-duty U.S. Army officer for four years and still serves in the Army Reserves, acknowledges that government can play a powerful role in bringing together resources to help veterans succeed out of uniform. His own journey to open Mission Market was aided by a SBA-backed business loan and advice from retired executives from SCORE, a non-profit which partners with the SBA. By the end of the workshop, the attendees had coalesced around eight high-impact ideas expected to be feasible in the short-term. Each committed to assisting in the continued development of at least one of the ideas. Foss hopes that the workshop will have a long-term impact. “It’s exciting to see one way that policy gets made. It’s not always a smoke-filled room. Sometime it comes from a group of people who know and who care enough to try to make things just a little bit better.”
About Mission Market
Opened in May 2013, Mission Market is downtown Fullerton’s convenience market. Locally owned and operated, Mission Market offers the best selection of grab ʻn go food downtown, as well as many other convenience and grocery products. With free delivery, a Mobile Market (in testing) and convenient hours and location, we’re always Open Just for You.