National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs Toolkit

We are so excited for another year of the annual National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs (#MilBizSurvey)! This comprehensive survey gives our military-affiliated entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a voice and a chance to be heard.

The survey will be conducted from May 21- August 2, 2021. Each year, we look to reach more member of the military-affiliated community to include active duty, veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and spouses and dependents and invite them to take the survey. The greater the response, the more powerful our collective voice is.

The #MilBizSurvey is an important opportunity for us to collect feedback from our military-affiliated community members and their families on the most pressing issues they face every day related to their business and entrepreneurial goals. The survey findings offer crucial insights and data that will help inform national leaders, local communities, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions who have the power to advocate for and implement change.

Additionally, the #MilBizSurvey encourages an open dialogue between the military-community and the broader society, bridging the civilian-military divide and supporting all those who have served.

Thank you for your support of this year’s survey! When you help spread the word and recruit others to take it, you empower change for all those who have served and still are serving.

For survey inquiries, please contact:
ivmfsurvey@syr.edu

For media inquiries, please contact:
Stephanie Salanger,
Director of Communications
ssalange@syr.edu

Sample Social Posts


Facebook

  • Your voice matters, and it can make a difference. Share your unique entrepreneurship experiences by taking the #MilBizSurvey. Your feedback will drive solutions and create change for business ownership within military-connected community. We’re eager to hear from you TODAY! https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey
    #IVMFheartsData
  • Do you own a business? Did you own a business? Do you want to own a business? If you answer YES to any of these, then we need YOU to be a part of the solution! When you take the #MilBizSurvey today, your responses will help drive change for the military-connected community. #IVMFheartsData https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey
  • “For me, entrepreneurial success looks like an improved lifestyle for myself and others: contributing to the improvement of public policies to the gain of my community, and helping my community grow and prosper, all while achieving financial freedom for myself and my family.” How do you define entrepreneurial success? Share your entrepreneurship experiences that will help create resources to better serve you and other entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the military-connected community. Set aside time to complete the #MilBizSurvey TODAY!
    https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your business? Share your unique entrepreneurship experiences by taking the #MilBizSurvey. Your feedback will drive solutions and create change for business ownership within military-connected community. Set aside time to complete the #MilBizSurvey TODAY! https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • “Being a successful entrepreneur generally requires one to be extremely flexible, ready to pivot when the situation changes. My time in an active combat zone helped me to think on my feet and react quickly to constantly changing environments.” How do you define success? Did the military experience prepare you for business ownership? What are some ongoing challenges that you face today? Your feedback will drive solutions and create change for business ownership within military-connected community. Set aside time to complete the #MilBizSurvey TODAY!
    https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • Are you a consultant with Avon, Pampered Chef, Lu La Roe, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, Ambit Energy, and with any other Multi-Level Marketing company? We need YOUR voice! Your feedback will drive solutions and create change for business ownership within military-connected community. Set aside time to complete the #MilBizSurvey TODAY! https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • Military spouses and depends, are you a business owner, a franchise owner, freelancer, independent contractor, or thinking about any of these? If YES, we want to hear from you! Please take our #MilBizSurvey so we can understand the impact the current pandemic has had on your entrepreneurial and small business goals and aspirations. This will help us better support you today and in the future. Take the survey today and let us make a positive impact for our military-connected community. #IVMFheartsData https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/

Twitter

  • The #MilBizSurvey gives our entrepreneurs a voice and platform to inform decision makers of their experiences and challenges. With your feedback, we can create solutions that help YOU! Take the #MilBizSurvey today: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/
    #IVMFheartsData
  • As a part of the military community, how important is it to you to help drive change that will benefit your business? Take the 2021 #MilBizSurvey TODAY so your voice can be heard: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your business and entrepreneurial goals? Share your unique entrepreneurship experiences. Be the change you want to see by taking the #MilBizSurvey TODAY: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • Do you own a business? Did you own a business? Do you want to own a business? Your input is essential! Take the #MilBizSurvey today: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • HEY Military families! Are you a freelancer? Consultant? Franchise owner? If you answered YES to any, we need YOU to take the #MilBizSurvey today: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData
  • Are you with Avon, Pampered Chef, Lu La Roe, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, Ambit Energy, and with any other MLM company? We need YOU to take the #MilBizSurvey today: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/ #IVMFheartsData

Instagram

  • Calling all members of the military community! What are the challenges you’re facing as an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur? Now is your opportunity to tell your story and have your voice heard. Take the 2021 #MilBizSurvey today at the #linkinbio! [PLACE URL IN YOUR BIO!] [URL: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/] #IVMFheartsData
  • “For me, entrepreneurial success looks like an improved lifestyle for myself and others: contributing to the improvement of public policies to the gain of my community, and helping my community grow and prosper, all while achieving financial freedom for myself and my family.” How do you define entrepreneurial success? Share your entrepreneurship experiences that will help create resources to better serve you and other entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the military-connected community. Take the 2021 #MilBizSurvey today at the #linkinbio! [PLACE URL IN YOUR BIO!] [URL: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/] #IVMFheartsData
  • Are you with Avon, Pampered Chef, Lu La Roe, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, Ambit Energy, and with any other MLM company? We need YOU to take the #MilBizSurvey today at the #linkinbio! [PLACE URL IN YOUR BIO!] [URL: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/] #IVMFheartsData
  • Do you own a business? Did you own a business? Do you want to own a business? Your input is essential! Take the 2021 #MilBizSurvey today at the #linkinbio! [PLACE URL IN YOUR BIO!] [URL: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/] #IVMFheartsData
  • HEY Military families! Are you a freelancer? Consultant? Franchise owner? If you answered YES to any, we need YOU to take the 2021 #MilBizSurvey today at the #linkinbio! [PLACE URL IN YOUR BIO!] [URL: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/] #IVMFheartsData

LinkedIn

  • The 2021 #MilBizSurvey is open, and we need YOU to share your experiences as a part of the military-connected community. When you use your voice, you help inspire and inform decision makers to drive change and create resources that will support you, your business, and other military-affiliated entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Take the survey today and share your story. #IVMFheartsData
    https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/
  • Calling all member of the military-connected community (active duty, veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and family members): Are you a business owner or thinking about starting a business? If YES, we want to hear from you! Please take our #MilBizSurvey so we can understand the impact the current pandemic has had on your entrepreneurial and small business goals and aspirations. This will help us better support you today and in the future. Take the survey today and let us make a positive impact for our military-connected community. #IVMFheartsData
  • “For me, entrepreneurial success looks like an improved lifestyle for myself and others: contributing to the improvement of public policies to the gain of my community, and helping my community grow and prosper, all while achieving financial freedom for myself and my family.” How do you define entrepreneurial success? Share your entrepreneurship experiences that will help create resources to better serve you and other entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the military-connected community. Set aside time to complete the #MilBizSurvey TODAY! #IVMFheartsData
    https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/
  • Calling all member of the military-connected community (active duty, veterans, National Guard and Reserve, spouses, and dependents): Are you a business owner, a franchise owner, freelancer, independent contractor, or thinking about any of these? If YES, we want to hear from you! Please take our #MilBizSurvey so we can understand the impact the current pandemic has had on your entrepreneurial and small business goals and aspirations. This will help us better support you today and in the future. Take the survey today and let us make a positive impact for our military-connected community. #IVMFheartsData
    https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/

Social Graphics

These graphics are sized appropriately for each social platform. Download the graphics below and share them on your social channels. We ask that you please do not alter these graphics, but we encourage you to customize the post language to align with your organization’s brand and voice. Remember to tag IVMF in your posts!

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Sample Email

The 2021 National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs is officially open!

We need your input to support this largest national study of military-affiliated entrepreneurship! We want YOU to be a voice for your community! Help IVMF show what entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the military-affiliated communities like yours need to thrive.

  • Why should I take the #MilBizSurvey? Your feedback on the survey will help to make positive changes for your business and other current and future businesses within the military-connected community. The survey findings offer insights and data that will inform national leaders, local communities, and decision-makers who have the power to advocate for you and drive reform.
  • How long is the survey open? May 21 – August 2, 2021
  • Will my answers be shared? The survey is completely confidential. Only aggregate (group) responses will be reported. Any *optional* text responses are de-identified.
  • How long will it take? ~30-45 minutes (depending on your answers).

We know you take on so much for your business and community; it is our turn to help you. Be a voice for your business and your community and take the survey today!

Please go to the following link to take the survey: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/milbizsurvey/

This research is being conducted by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF). For more information about this research project, contact IVMF Research Team at ivmfsurvey@syr.edu. We sincerely appreciate your help in this research!

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