Happy Veterans Day

  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” –President Woodrow Wilson Nov 11 1918   I am proud to be a Veteran of The United States Army. Not many people understand the discipline and self sacrifice required to serve in the military. As an educator I often ask questions to gain a better understanding of what motivates people to think the way they do. Today I decided to ask this question of random people that I encountered while running my errands “Why is it important to celebrate Veterans day?” The responses ranged from offended looks to the standard answer of “because the people that died for our freedom deserve recognition”. As a result of this experience, something very important occurred to me; many civilians that have not served in the military have no idea about the origins of Veterans Day or why we should celebrate it. Nothing to fear, Nurse educator Nicole is here. On any given day I wear a number of hats. I am a mom, daughter, sister, Nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and an Army Veteran.  Today I’m putting on my Veteran and educator hat. Answers to commonly asked Veterans day questions are listed below. Knowing these answers will make you a more informed citizen. My hope is that...

Support Women & Veteran Owned Businesses

        “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” — Iyanla Vanzant, Speaker This quote speaks volumes to me as a female entrepreneur. I have taken many paths in my life to get me to this point. The best decision I have ever made was to become a nurse then a Nurse Educator.  I started Nursing Success College to educate those interested in pursuing a career in Nursing. As I found nursing to be my calling, helping others find fulfillment in the field nursing is my mission. Entrepreneurship is not an easy dream to achieve. Resources are difficult to come by and getting the word out about the endeavor can be a hit or miss task. I’ve heard it said before that you will never find harder work than working for yourself and it rings true. The rewards far outweigh the sleepless nights and rejection. Truth is- as a female business owner, rejection can become commonplace in a society that tends to bend more toward the business savvy of men. The going sentiment many times is that a man can do the job right! While there are plenty of successful male business owners, women in entrepreneurship are an equal force to be reckoned with.  Some things to contend with as a women veteran business owner are: Initial funding Balancing work/home life Respect from the business community Business Mentorship and training opportunities Consumer Support The Federal Government has established grant programs for Women & Veterans for Small Businesses in an effort to close the wide gap and disparity between...

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