The Southland Development Authority (SDA) recently hosted the Veterans Business Support Symposium on May 9, 2024, in Richton Park, marking an achievement for the organization and attracting considerable attention from various media outlets. This symposium brought together esteemed veterans from diverse sectors, offering a platform for them to share their invaluable experiences and guidance on the complex transition from military to civilian careers.

The event featured a series of engaging discussions led by prominent figures such as Richton Park Mayor Richard Reinbold and successful business owner Rick Ringold. Mayor Reinbold and Mr. Ringold shared compelling stories about their military experiences and how the skills they developed during their service have translated into successful civilian roles. Their narratives provided not only motivation but also practical advice to attendees, resonating deeply with both veteran and civilian participants alike.

Moreover, the symposium emphasized entrepreneurial support, highlighting various resources available to veterans interested in starting their own businesses. This focus underlined the SDA’s commitment to supporting veterans in their post-military careers, fostering their success in the business world. The event served as a showcase for the potential entrepreneurial paths that veterans could pursue, equipped with the unique skills and disciplines honed during their service.

Another significant aspect of the symposium was its emphasis on the community impact of veterans transitioning into civilian roles. It spotlighted the contributions that veterans can make to our economy, particularly in logistics and operations sectors where their skills are highly beneficial. This segment of the event showcased the value of integrating veteran expertise into civilian industries, illustrating how their involvement can lead to enhanced operational efficiencies and innovation.

Overall, the Veterans Business Support Symposium not only highlighted the ongoing needs and contributions of veterans in the civilian sector but also reinforced the SDA’s role in facilitating these important transitions. By bringing together leaders, entrepreneurs, and veterans, the symposium fostered a dynamic exchange of ideas and established a foundation for future initiatives aimed at enhancing veteran integration into civilian life.

About Southland Development Authority

The Southland Development Authority is a nonprofit business organization launched in 2019 by business, civic, and political leaders from around the Southland who recognize the potential of the region’s people, businesses, and real estate. Our mission is to bring the resources and capacity needed to achieve transformative, inclusive economic growth for the south suburbs with a focus on investments in the Southland’s communities, industry, housing, and workforce.

We work steadfastly to connect Southland business owners, investors, and individuals with key resources to operate and thrive in the region, from equipping mid-size and small businesses in our Business Growth services Program with customized advice and consulting services, to helping local residents access the tools needed to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With a deep institutional knowledge of the Southland’s people, markets, and history and our multifaceted, experienced team, the Southland Development Authority is a powerful partner for any individual, business, or investor.