FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Fort Jackson Employment Readiness Program has two special events scheduled for potential business owners.


Are you a military spouse looking for employment opportunities that will allow you to work from home and have a job waiting for you when you and your Soldier move? Have you considered starting a home-based business or small business that you can take with you wherever you go?

Since the economic downturn began about six years ago, about 38 million people have decided to take the path of entrepreneurship. Starting a home-based business can be a great investment and can help you stretch your household budget or add to your savings or retirement.

Many entrepreneurs have had great success in starting home-based businesses and small businesses. According to, a new home-based business is started every 12 seconds, and 70 percent of them succeed within three years compared to 30 percent of regular businesses.

Army Community Services is hosting a home-based business expo from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17 at the Joe E. Mann Center. The event offers insights into success stories from home-based business owners.

The event provides opportunities for exposure, networking and recruitment for anyone who already has an established home-based business. For others, this is an opportunity to network, find a mentor and get started. Consider being a part of the growing work-at-home business movement.

For more information and to register, call 751-4862.


Have you ever dreamed of having your own business? Do you think having your own business is out of the question? Turning your dream into reality could be easier than you think.

The Army Community Services Employment Readiness Program has partnered with SCORE, a nationwide business counseling organization, to bring a dynamic, interactive program called "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" to Fort Jackson. This five-part series of two-hour workshops is designed to give prospective business owners the tools, information and advice needed to succeed.
Participants will learn the essentials of business startup, get action steps, and receive one-on-one mentoring.

Workshops are from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 22 at the Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222.

This program is free for all active service members, veterans of all service branches and family members of both. Registration is required.

For more information and to register, call 751-4862/5452.