Spouse promos military family-run businesses
Hello Military community,
I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Brown; and I was really impressed with her inspiration for starting the company, The Rosie Network, which is named after the wartime Rosie the Riveter icon of the 1940s.
Stephanie explained how one night after spending hours on Craigslist, Angies List and other websites trying to find a contractor who could do some repair work on her home, she turned to her husband and said, “Why can’t we find a veteran or military spouse-owned business to do this work?”
With this in mind, Stephanie spent months tracking down and interviewing military entrepreneurs and asking what she would need to develop a non-profit and what would be the best marketing tools. In January 2013, she launched The Rosie Network believing in the idea that, “you build it, they will come.”
Stephanie started with a search tool that allows anyone to locate and verify veteran and military spouse-owned businesses around the country. As of today, The Rosie Network has over 800 businesses registered on its site. These businesses range from doctors, financial planners, lawyers, accountants to handmade items like jewelry, children’s items, quilts, paper goods and more!
They have product sales, home inspectors, real estate agents (who better to help another military family), photographers, personal trainers, pet sitters/groomers, etc.
One of the things I like about The Rosie Network (besides it being military related) is not only is your business listed on the site, they actively promote it. For example, in 2013 The Rosie Network was featured in Women’s Day magazine and Stephanie suggested featuring women businesses listed on the site. Women’s magazine interviewed and highlighted three of them in a two-page article. Since then, at least one of those military spouses now employs other military spouses because her business has grown.
Stephanie has featured several others on radio shows and in print. This aspect of what they do is just starting. The Rosie Network is currently working with one newspaper to run a regular feature in the military section of their paper.
The Rosie Network is partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes’ Military Entrepreneur Special Delegates program and has attended many job fairs around the country. Last year they were selected by Inc. Magazine as one of their special delegates.
They also attended the national conference of the Association of United States Army in Washington D.C. as a military spouse CEO selectee, and have been featured on Army Wife Network Talk Radio, My Military Life talk radio and on the First Lady of the Marine Corps Facebook page, just to name a few. Now they can add being featured in Star & Stripes’ community weeklies in the Pacific.
If you have a veteran- or a veteran spouse-owned business, make sure you connect with The Rosie Network at: www.TheRosieNetwork.org
You can also find them by searching the name out on Facebook.
Great job Stephanie, I look forward to a follow-up with you later this year to hear about all the wonderful things you accomplish for yourself and our military community.
Blessings from my family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.