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Starbucks' 5-Year Plan - Hire 10,000 Veterans and Open 5 "Community Stores" at Military Bases

submitted on November 6, 2013 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants"
Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next 5 years, according to this article in the LA Times November 6, 2013 .
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sits on Starbucks' board.
In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families.

The hiring effort, which would affect Starbucks’ U.S. stores, is also a reaction to the “exorbitantly high unemployment rate that military families and veterans face,” Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor said in an interview this week. “This is an endeavor predicated on us genuinely needing the skills veterans offer.”

The company will set up recruiting processes specifically targeted at veterans.

Starbucks is one of 8 companies using TweetMyJobs to help Veterans distribute their resumes through Twitter.

They also plan to open five "community stores" at U.S. military bases over the next five years.
The locations, two of which launched Wednesday in Lakewood, Wash. and San Antonio, Tex., will share profits with local nonprofit organizations helping to reintegrate veterans into the workforce.


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