Florence company is finalist in 'Hiring Our Heroes' contest
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring
Our Heroes program and Spike TV's Hire A Vet campaign has named a Florence
logistics company as a finalist in the Small
Business Tournament of Veteran Champions.
Legion Logistics is one of eight finalists.
The public now has the chance to vote
to help identify the most veteran-friendly small business in America.
winning business will receive a custom spot produced by and aired on Spike TV.
In addition, they will receive two tickets, airfare, and hotel accommodations
to attend the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards where the winner will be announced
and recognized. The Awards are scheduled to air on June 12, 2013.
"We had extraordinary entries from coast-to-coast, but Legion Logistics'
commitment to our nation's veterans set itself apart," said Lieutenant Colonel
Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. "These eight
finalists have established themselves as national leaders for other small
businesses to follow. Legion Logistics deserves to be recognized for its
innovative strategies to recruit and support the men and women who have served
A combination of public voting and a panel of judges will narrow it down to
four semifinalists and the same format will be used to select a winner. Voting
for the Final Four continues through May 16, 2013, and for the champion through
May 30, 2013. Judging for the tournament is based on criteria such as
innovative recruiting and retention strategies for veterans, veteran community
engagement and leadership as well as an ongoing commitment to hire veterans.
Hiring Our Heroes
launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military
spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's
vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the
public, private, and non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement
across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families
return every day. To date, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 510 hiring
fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. More than
18,400 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs.