Camillo helps launch ‘Combat Boots to Business Suits’

Trading camo gear for pinstriped suits is no easy task and State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st) helped guide the way recently at the launch of “Combat Boots to Business Suits,” a program coordinated through the Connecticut Business Development for Veterans Association (BDV).

The BDV is an organization that raises private donations and awards financial grants to entrepreneurial veterans, who have risked it all for their state and country. Mr. Camillo will serve as the executive director of the BDV Connecticut chapter.

“Those who serve our state and nation deserve the chance to create opportunity for themselves,” Mr. Camillo said. “We want to demonstrate to those who defended our freedoms that we are ready to stand with them as they enter a new phase of their lives.”

BDV provides veterans with the basic needs of building a new opportunity — whether that be finding employment or supporting those who want to create their own small business. They do this by supporting businesses that hire unemployed veterans and through their partnership with Glastonbury based SCORE, a national non-profit organization that works closely with the Small Business Administration.

Their volunteers come from a wide spectrum of industries and offer small business owners free business training, counseling and workshops.

Connecticut BDV was created by Roberta Bryant, a daughter of a U.S. Marine, who saw the need for practical hands-on guidance for veterans eager to pursue new careers as entrepreneurs.

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