Did you know there’s a whole community geared towards military and veteran spouse entrepreneurs?
If you didn’t, no worries, because it actually wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I discovered this to be true.
Entrepreneurship + military life? Say it isn’t so. But it makes perfect sense when you stop to think about it. This life isn’t for the faint of heart. You quickly learn how to adapt, be awesome at multitasking, develop critical thinking skills, get creative with the cards you’ve been dealt, and take initiative—handling everything like a boss.
So, it’s no wonder why so many military spouses—both those of active-duty and veteran service members—have found entrepreneurship to be a natural fit, helping them thrive despite challenge after challenge (hello deployments and frequent PCSing).
Now, with such a niche community spread out across the globe, how can one get the info and connection they need to succeed along this wild journey?
That’s where the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE) comes into the picture.
Here’s what you should know about this impactful organization:
Two rockstar military spouses founded AMSE.
Moni Jefferson and Flossie Hall brought AMSE to life in the summer of 2019.
Moni is a serial entrepreneur, serving as the owner of Dog Tags and Heels (a PR and social media agency), founder of MilSpouse Creative and Entrepreneur, and creator of three military lifestyle apps: MilCam, MilEmoji, and My Ultimate PCS.
And Flossie? Well, she’s an accomplished entrepreneur herself. She generated over seven-figure revenues within the first year of launching her meal prep and delivery company, Healthy Momma. Did I mention she created over 100 military spouse jobs while doing exactly that?!
Yeah, these female founders are seriously amazing.
AMSE connects military spouse entrepreneurs with the tools & resources needed to be successful.
And they’re crushing it! Current members get access to an online dashboard, monthly content themes, national subject matter experts sharing their insight in a live format, mentorship, educational resources, and plenty of other exclusive offerings. Plus, it’s a real virtual support system where you can ask and offer advice, no matter where you’re at in your entrepreneurial journey! Honestly, I love this community, and I’ve built friendships with many members online.
You can find an AMSE Community Chapter at a base near you!
Yes, this community, at its core, is 100% virtual, allowing members to connect and access a plethora of resources wherever they’re stationed. But it also features Community Chapters at military bases—from Fort Hood to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Kirtland, Kitsap, Luke, Naval Base Ventura County, and Travis. There’s also a waitlist if you don’t yet see your base listed and would like to start an AMSE chapter yourself!
AMSE has been on a mission to advocate on behalf of military spouse entrepreneurs since day 1.
The proof exists in its Military Spouse Entrepreneur Impact Report. Inside, you’ll find it tells the story of the kinds of businesses military spouses are operating, how much revenue they’re generating, how many employees they have on their team, their biggest needs to help them in business, and much more. And with this info, AMSE can continue to collaborate with organizations and companies to build entrepreneurial programs and resources. I’m all for that!
Entrepreneurship is far from easy. It’s a roller coaster journey. And throw on top of that the role of being an active-duty or veteran military spouse? Talk about WORK! But if there’s one thing I do know, it’s that military spouse entrepreneurs are downright incredible and successful. And it’s thanks to organizations like AMSE that allow them the support they need to continue to make an impact for both their family and their community.