Mike Zacchea is the Executive Director of the US Veterans Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Mike founded the UConn Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, through which he has helped veterans start more than 140 businesses. Mike helped form a non-profit organization of military advisers in 2006 to help Iraqi interpreters immigrate to the United States, known nationally as Netroots: the List Project. He served on a multi-agency cross-disciplinary working group chaired by the CT Dept of Veterans Affairs focusing on veteran reintegration, education, training, and workforce re-entry issues. Mike founded the CT Veterans Chamber of Commerce 501(c)6 organization in 2013. Since 2013, the Chamber has successfully lobbied and helped pass a number of laws promoting veterans workforce reintegration and access to healthcare in CT. He was recognized as the 2012 Veterans Business Champion by the Small Business Administration, and inducted into the UConn School of Business Hall of Fame. Mike serves on several veterans advisory boards for elected officials. Mike was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs for the Small Business Administration in 2015, and in 2018 became the Chairman and was re-appointed to a three year term, advising the Administrator on policies and issues affecting more than 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses producing more than $1.2 trillion in GDP.
The music on this episode is by King Moe, a hip-hop artist on The Marine Rapper's label Ninja Punch Records.
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