Snapshot of Veterans in Ohio's Business Community

Kitty McConnell
  • Approximately250,000veterans transition out of service annually*
  • Ohio ranks6th nationallywith 900,000 veteran residents*
  • Ohio ranks7th nationallywith 28,495 reserve and National Guard members; they hold civilian jobs with more than7,000employers statewide*
  • Ohio ranks7th nationallywith 88,569 vet-owned businesses*
  • Columbus ranks15th nationallywith 5,632 vet-owned businesses*
  • Veterans own nearly 10,000 businesses in Franklin County*
  • Veteran-owned firms reported $1.22 trillion in sales, 5.793 million employees and annual payroll of $210 billion(from U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners)

(Pictured above: Trevor Sthultz, AEP energy coordinator and US Air Force Reserve major, stands in front of AEP's Wall of Heroes;Aboard the Ohio Air National Guard's Bosslift outreach flight, staged by the Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve)