The IVMF partners with business and industry to understand the needs of employers and address them through research, sharing of leading practices and resources and developing custom materials particular to a specified partner and/or which broadly support IVMF partners and the institute’s stakeholder community.
The IVMF responds to requests for proposals or partners to develop programs, but prefers an interactive engagement to determine how best to integrate institutional goals and objectives serving veterans and their families while meeting the needs of business and industry partners. The IVMF’s Call to Action profiles partnership models; specific potential partnerships can be addressed through the IVMF director of new initiatives & external relations.
Mentoring and Technical Assistance
Employers who are interested in working with the IVMF to provide mentoring, supplier diversity opportunities and other potential activities within our Technical Assistance Programs (primarily focused on our entrepreneurship training programs) are invited to discuss potential opportunities with us.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification
Business and industry procurement personnel interested in developing diverse suppliers are invited to connect with the IVMF managing director to discuss potential opportunities to engage with Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities-trained SDVOSB’s certified by the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP).
The IVMF prepares guides, webinars, trainings, conferences and presentations for our stakeholder communities which can be shared publicly to benefit veterans, their families and other stakeholders in the veteran and military families’ community. Among resources we prepare or recommend for employers are:
Leading Policies and Practices
The Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources: Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families is designed to help employers understand the challenges transitioning veterans face and the best way to integrate them into the workforce. The publication is the product of a collaborative effort of the IVMF and more than 30 private sector employers and supporting organizations, plus many more that agreed to share best practices, lessons learned and innovations tied to the recruitment, assimilation, retention and advancement of veterans in the workforce.
Business Case for Hiring a Veteran
The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: Beyond the Clichés suggests a robust, specific and compelling business case for hiring individuals with military background and experience. The IVMF report details the results of a comprehensive review of academic literature from the fields of business, psychology, sociology and organizational behavior positioned to illustrate the foundational elements around which employers can formulate a research-informed logic for recruiting and developing military veterans in the civilian workforce.
Employment Situation Reports
On the first Friday of each month, the IVMF issues the Employment Situation of Veterans, a report that represents the month-to-month change in employment and unemployment figures on America’s veterans. Based on BLS data, the reports also include an overview of noteworthy news, policy and public/private sector initiatives positioned to impact the employment situation of veterans. An annual report, based on BLS data, is also issued.
Weekly IVMF Research Briefs, summarizing and highlighting recent and most cited peer-reviewed journal articles and in-progress research (i.e., working papers, institute/think-tank publications, conference proceedings, government reports, etc.) are read by employers, the veteran community, policymakers and practitioners in hopes to better understand this population and address the primary concerns of our nation’s service men and women, and their families.