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Virginia Newell

Virginia Newell is an Army Wife and a mother of two rowdy boys. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and has been freelance writing since 2015. As a military spouse for the last six years, she is excited to contribute to the veteran community as a content writer for StreetShares. In her spare time she loves reading, coffee, working out, cooking, and blogging.

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9 Tips to Grow Your Veteran-owned Small Business [ebook]

By Virginia Newell on February 28, 2018

As all small business owners know, achieving growth is critical to business success over the long term. But you may be asking yourself, what are the best growth strategies and how can I implement them to truly see progress? We’ve outlined several tips that we think are surefire ways to help you make the most out of the business opportunities that await you in 2018. Below are four tips. To get all nine tips, download the complete ebook here.

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5 Small Business Trends for Vet-owned Businesses

By Virginia Newell on February 13, 2018

As your veteran-owned small business enters into a new calendar year, you should be aware of some of the trends on the rise for small businesses in 2018. Rethinking your business strategies and examining current trends are great ways to refresh your business outlook, reestablish your goals, and ultimately make your small business even more successful. Here are three of five small business trends to get your started. To get the other two, which include marketing strategies and company culture, download the ebook now

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7 Things to Know About the Military’s New Blended Retirement System (BRS)

By Virginia Newell on February 12, 2018

A huge change has happened for many of our nation’s service members in the form of a new retirement system. The military has begun implementation of the Blended Retirement System, affecting not only military members who will begin their careers in 2018, but also those who currently serve. Why the change? As it stands, only 19 percent of active duty members and 14 percent of reserve members will actually hit the 20-year service mark required to receive retirement benefits from the military – about 1/6 of its population, according to the DoD.

Click here to download our guide to military retirement: Blended Retirement  System

The Department of Defense has rolled out the Blended Retirement System to serve the remaining 80 percent of service members currently left out in the cold. The goal is to offer a retirement system that aligns more closely with a civilian 401(k) plan, as well as to offer benefits for those who serve their country in uniform but not for a full 20-year career. While this new system is designed to save the government money, many benefits are available for military members who understand the new system and want to build their savings for retirement as a veteran who may be seeking to open a small business or become a government contractor with a certification as a veteran-owned smalll business. 

Below are some highlights to help you understand the alterations that will result from the implementation, as well as dig in to better define the significance of these changes. None of this is financial advice. It's just meant to be informative.

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Legacy vs. Blended Retirement System (BRS): How Your Pension is Calculated

By Virginia Newell on February 7, 2018

A quick Google search on the subject of retirement readiness quickly resulted in an overarching feeling that Americans have rapidly been falling behind. For instance, one-third of Americans currently have no retirement savings, according to a recent GoBankingRates survey. So what about you? Will you have enough saved in retirement? Will your retirement be sustainable?

For military members, ‘retirement’ has taken on a whole new set of complications with the updated pension system the government is rolling out in 2018. We’ve provided a guide and outlined the general implications of this Blended Retirement System (BRS), such as whom it affects and when the changes will begin to be implemented; however, there are deeper weeds to dig into about how specifically this new BRS plan will truly affect military members’ retirement from a “numbers” perspective.

Let’s look at how the military’s pension plans, old and new, work and how to think about building your savings for retirement.

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Top 10 Most Influential Military Spouse Business Owners

By Virginia Newell on May 12, 2017

Life as a military spouse can be full of adventure, fun, new beginnings and discounts galore. It also can be full of uncertainty, sacrifice and self-reliance; moves are endless, friendships are constantly evolving, and children are uprooted. Unfortunately, the transitory nature of the military has an especially deep impact on spouse’s employment opportunities.

Recent statistics have shown more than 90 percent of military spouses are underemployed or overqualified for the jobs they currently hold, and salary for those jobs is 38 percent less than the civilian equivalent. Beyond that, unemployment among military spouses is extremely high at 26 percent, or three times higher than the national average. Hiring managers tend to look for longevity on resumes – one thing that military spouses cannot provide.

This year, May 12, 2017 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. To memorialize this day we wanted to focus in on some incredibly influential military spouses who, through their successful businesses, have either worked to change the unemployment rate among military spouses or have simply found a way to defy the odds and have become influential through their admirable business models. We are excited to highlight these 10 amazing women as a way to show our appreciation for all they are doing in the military community and illuminate their own unique service to our country.

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