Military Spouse Magazine

MAR 2019

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Waste not, want not. It's an old saying but that centers on the thought that if you use things carefully, you won't find your- self in need. Military families o�ten find themselves in situa- tions where being tight on time requires wastefulness that they wouldn't normally incur. A move may mean throwing out food they could otherwise use. Curtains that were usable in one house, don't work in another. Military spouses want to save money(!) and be good resource stewards, but executing on it can be difficult. While it can be easy to beat yourself up for not doing the things you know are "right to do," take a page out of the mil- spouse entrepreneur playbook when it comes to avoiding waste. It's better to start small than not at all. Try small steps like meal planning for just one week. Or buying less for a month. Janine Boldrin Managing Editor janine.boldrin@militaryspouse.com E D I T O R ' S N O T E 5 NONPROFITS TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR BUSINESS Positive Change Janine Boldrin Managing Editor Wondering where to turn for help when it comes to your military spouse small business? Illustration By Ben Javisa 1 YOUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTR ATION OFFICE sba.gov/tools/local- assistance/districtoffices Learn about their small business programs and resources by meeting with someone in-person. 2 HIRING OUR HEROES hiringourheroes.org/military-spouses Launched in 2011 as a nationwide effort to connect veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities. 3 ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP FOR VETER ANS' FAMILIES (EBV-F) ebv.vets.syr.edu/families The program leverages the flexibility inherent in small business ownership to provide a vocational path forward for military family members. While being an entrepreneur may seem vastly different from trying to go green, our cover story proves that doesn't have to be the case. Doing good o�ten goes hand- in-hand with doing what you love. Whether you are working to be more resource conscience or planning a way to bring in income, we hope you find time to make purposeful positive changes in your military life. Tell us how you have made small changes that made a big impact. Write to me at the email be- low and share your milspouse story. 6 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / MARCH 2019

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