It’s Veterans Day! A day off work. A long weekend. A day to celebrate those who have served. There are so many veterans who continue to serve in Washington DC in different capacities – some by supplying us with wonderful food and drink 🙂
One business that supports veterans in everything they do is Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown. Not only do they provide Georgetown (and the rest of us more than willing to head over) with handcrafted and fresh baked goods and coffee, they are also an entire business program to empower disabled veterans, their spouses, and caregivers.
The bakery is a bright open space with patriotic decorations and they sell all kinds of goods created by veterans. They are so supportive, in fact, that even the compost in their flower beds comes from a veteran-owned farm. The entire shop (and upstairs workspace) is ADA (American Disabilities Act) friendly with a sliding glass door and specially-built elevator in the historic rowhouse.
Dog Tag Bakery was founded by a Jesuit priest who was active in helping veterans after they left the military (and who was disabled himself), and a woman who ran a bakery for disadvantaged women. They combined their vision and missions to start up the bakery that includes a business fellowship for veterans and their families.
The fellowship is five months long and includes business classes at The Georgetown University (graduates receive a certificate from there), and also speaker sessions with “entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and CEOs representing the full spectrum of private and public sector.”
Because it is a bakery and business, the fellows gain invaluable knowledge through “experiential learning.” They learn about operations, staff management, marketing and much more. You can often see the fellows at work when you stop by for some frittata, interviewing a new employee for example.
If you are a qualified veteran, spouse or caregiver, take a look at their website to find out more about the fellowship. They are currently accepting applications for their July 2017 class!
In the meantime, head over to the bakery TODAY for a showcasing of 12 veteran-owned businesses from 11-2 pm. Complimentary treats! And always stop in there when you’re in the area and support a vet 🙂
Have you been to Dog Tag Bakery? Tell us about your experiences!