Last week I learned for the first time about the organization “Count Me In” and its #WVEC2013 small business pitch competition initiated through the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps. The program is designed specifically for women business owners who are themselves veterans or are the spouse/daughter of a veteran. Being a veteran myself, I simply had to attend so I could witness the great efforts being made by yet another organization to assist veterans establish and grow new business opportunities. So I enlisted my friend, law partner, and woman business owner Elisa Fox and off we went. What ensued was nothing short of a spectacular experience. We witnessed an incredible support network for our military warriors who have answered the call to duty and returned to make their mark on the business world here at home. Elisa and I met some wonderful people and heard about some remarkable concepts, including one for a very interesting line of women’s handbags owned and operated by my new friend Becky Feeley. The winners of the competition received a free enrollment into a 9-month business accelerator program through #PeopleBiz, along with several other awards to help each of them grow their respective businesses. I am proud to have been a small part of the event and look forward to partnering with #WVEC1 at future events. Until then, best of luck to all of this year’s awardees and a heartfelt thanks to each of you for your service to our great nation!