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Mark Baird

Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

US Veterans For those of you interested in owning their own US Military Maintenance company, here is some additional information that might help you get started and then some links to profiles of a few USMM owners.  We provide you with all the equipment that you need to start your business.  We provide you with a customized US Military Maintenance website. We train and certify you. We teach you how to get accounts, and show you how to get your business on the first page of the search engines. We provide marketing materials, scripts, agreements, bid sheets, biz cards, advertising, and...
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New Strategy to Recruit Military Patriots

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Patriotic Hearts is an awarding winning non-profit effort to connect the right US veterans with the right companies. Our achievements have received awards from two US Presidents, the Extra Mile Award from the Chamber of Commerce, and the Visionary Award for creating economic stimulus. We were selected as America’s “Heroes Among Us,” by People Magazine, and have been on all the major News stations, even receiving ABC TV’s Leadership Award. Our employment program’s website, HirePatriots.com, is a popular web destination for job seeking, active and former US military personnel. You can post jobs on our Careers job board. Your jobs will simultaneously be posted on the social...
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Cammies & Canines

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At Cammies & Canines we make/sell dog collars and leashes (toys coming soon) and then use the money to reach out to our 1,100 homeless Veterans in San Diego.  For every item sold we give a homeless Veteran socks, shirt, toothpaste, toothbrush, and a meal.  And for some of them we're working to get them off the streets and into a Veterans shelter.  Our long-term goal is to create jobs for our homeless Vets and help them find their mission in life again!Website:  www.cammiesandcanines.comYou can even like our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/cammiesandcanines...
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Become A Business Owner / Employer

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Here is how you can become a business owner, employ US veterans, and start making money this week. It is an effort of Patriotic Hearts, an award winning charity that assists US military and veterans. Our primary focus is creating programs that employ US veterans. We have created a special program, US Military Maintenance. This is a business-in-a-box that has already proven to be successful in getting US veterans and their supporters started in business. Our first two USMM owners to reach their one-year mark, a couple of months ago, each earned in excess of $250K. We have over a dozen...
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It is sometimes referred to by sociologists as the “Generosity Paradox.” Those who give also receive much more in return. This is not only a philosophical or religious teaching; it is a sociological fact. It is used in business too. It has proven to help companies flourish in many ways: branding, marketing, advertising, recruiting, employee retention, and public relations. It is based on a simple characteristic of human nature: When someone (or some organization or company) gives us a gift that benefits us we naturally feel a sense of gratitude.   If you give, you will get! Your gift will return...
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Why You Should Start Your Own Business

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Basically, everyone has two choices: To own a business, or to work for someone that does. The difference is immense. I became a business owner when I was twenty (45 years ago). It is one of the best decisions I ever made. I am so glad that I did. It has permitted me to live comfortably, take great vacations, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids, become a Boy Scout leader, coach all my kids’ sports teams (even to coach at my old high school), live in beautiful places,  send my wife and our children to good colleges,...
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US Veteran Truck Drivers Wanted

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Mike Lynch was a Command Sergeant Major. Now he is a US military recruiter. He is a great guy and straight shooter.  If you are thinking about earning a living as a truck driver, give Mike a call. I personally recommend him.  Quality Carriers is seeking MILITARY and VETERANS that are professional truck drivers. We are looking for Company drivers, Owner Operators and lease purchase drivers that want to start their own business. Opportunities are available nationwide. Have you recently transitioned or still serving in the National Guard or Reserves? We can help you with a full-time career. - Flexible Home...
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This is a unique idea that is worth taking a look at. It is a way of branding your business and increasing your marketing, sales, and recruiting called The Patriotic Business Plan. This strategy is an employee retention and community outreach program too. Many businesses across America have used it. And it has earned significant awards. It is so simple. It is based on the results created by a retired couple that wanted to help their community’s local US military, veterans, and their families. What they did became a sensational success. It has spread across the country and helped hundreds of...
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Being military trained is an advantage. In many cases, it will get you an interview. But being the “best qualified” is what gets you the job. This is also true with business owners. The certifications they possess make them stand above their competition. US Military Maintenance now provides 7 advanced certification courses for free to all US Military Maintenance Owners and their employees. These are all available online through our membership with the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association. In addition, we provide you with equipment, a customized website, marketing, advertising, branding, referrals; all cleaning business forms; help with bidding, contract negotiation,...
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I have been working with US veterans that have war trauma since 1970, during the Vietnam War. Plus, I struggle with PTSD myself. For these veterans leaving the military and re-entering civilian life is often difficult. They have a hard time keeping any job and supporting themselves and their families.  I created my One Day job board particularly for them. These are jobs posted by local community residents who need an extra hand with chores and repairs. here in San Diego, we have had well over 100,000 veterans take these jobs. They literally have been a life saver! Many guys can...
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US Veteran Recommends this Business 4 Veterans

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Kitchen Craft is an American company that is seeking US veterans to become business representatives of their products. It is an opportunity for US veterans that enjoy being on stage and engaging other people. You go to various venues and set up a fantastic Kitchen Craft booth. Then you show the value of cooking with their kitchenware by demonstrating it. You will be a showman that performs and sells at the same time. Watch the video below.  Here is a letter I just received from a US veteran that is a Kitchen Craft representative and loves it:  “I am one of...
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Memorial Day: A Day for Mourning

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Dear fellow U.S. citizens of all stripes and colors: On May 30 of every year, Americans across our nation dedicate a day to remembering our war dead. It is a solemn occasion. Decorating the graves of our Armed Forces who died in combat is a tradition we have kept since the Civil War. It is good and right that we should and must do so. They all deserve this day. It is the least that we can do for their willingness to give their lives to protect ours. I have attended many Memorial Day events in parks and at national cemeteries....
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TV, Radio, Press and Speaking Engagements for Your Business Patriotic Hearts offers businesses an effective and unique method of getting multiple, free TV and radio interviews on News and Talk shows, as well as features in the press and other publications.  We also teach you how to get frequent speaking engagements. You can receive tens of thousands of dollars in marketing, branding, P.R., and recruiting every year. These are not advertising spots. They are interviews, features, and 20 minute speeches. As a result of this sensational media coverage, some businesses also receive awards and municipal funds. This method can be used...
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This is a great employee engagement project that will receive local & national media attention for your company.    In 2004, a U.S. Marine knocked on Mark & Tori's door and asked for help. That encounter changed their lives and has positively affected hundreds of thousands of lives since. Listen to Mark and Tori tell their heart-breaking and heart-warming story. Few Americans really understand how many sacrifices our US veterans and their families endure.   Mark and Tori created a simple but powerful community project that connects neighborhoods and businesses with their local US military and veterans in a way that...
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To listen to this Blog Talk Radio interview, click HERE. Richard Hedges used the Hire Patriots message to start, market, recruit, and grow his business. He started a US Military Maintenance business of his own in rural Kentucky, after serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq while in the US Army. Listen to Richard explain how to start a business from scratch into a success in less than a year. If you are interested in learning more, call or text 760-730-3734. Mark Baird...
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A Business Start-Up that Employs US Veterans

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If you are wondering how to earn a good living after military life, take a look: A year ago, Patriotic Hearts, a charitable organization that focuses on providing programs that help veterans get back on their feet after transitioning from the US military, created a program called US Military Maintenance. Its purpose is two-fold: One, it provides an inexpensive way for veterans to start a business and begin earning money right away. Two, it employs US veterans and pays them an industry leading wage. After one year, we have gotten over a dozen US veterans going in US Military Maintenance. Some...
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Kitchen Craft is an American company. All of its products are "Made in America." All of their employees are Americans. The company's owner is a US Marine that fought in Vietnam. And Kitchen Craft is a supporter of Patriotic Hearts, the veteran charity that provides HirePatriots.com and several other critical programs for our US military, veterans, and their families.   Kitchen Craft makes the best kitchenware in the world. My wife still has the set I bought her decades ago. And it still looks almost new. It is made of stainless steel at the America factory in Westbend, Wisconsin.  Kitchen Craft is looking for...
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Recent Army Veteran's Success Story: Listen

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We will be having a radio broadcast on Friends of Veterans Radio this Thursday at 8 AM PST/ 11 AM EST. It will only last for 30 minutes.  Richard Hedges, a recent US Army combat veteran, will share and answer questions. He began his business just one year ago. He now has multiple accounts, hires many people, and he works from home. He takes care of the 'books,' acquires new accounts, and hires more employees to take care of them. -- Listen to him tell you how he did it and you can too.  This show is a meeting of USMM owners to...
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Staff & Recruit with Hire Patriots

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HirePatriots provides recruiting and staffing for companies that want to hire US veterans. We have been offering these services for over 12 years. In addition to conventional methods, we implement our award-winning and unique strategy that is described in the best-selling book: The Patriotic Business Plan. Our organization has multiple professional recruiters on its team. They all work on a “contingency” basis and much of what they earn is donated back to our non-profit for US veterans, Patriotic Hearts. We have created a strategy that earned us the “Congressional Medal of Merit,’ the ‘National Leadership Award,’ and the ‘Visionary Award.’ It...
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Richard Hedges is the owner of Military Maintenance Professionals in Owensboro, KY. He is a U.S. Army veteran (1999-2005) that served as an Aircraft Electrician in Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard is one of those guys that has a mechanical mind. He can fix anything from a jet aircraft to HVAC, mechanical facility systems, any IT issue, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, vehicles, plumbing, etc.  He lives in rural Kentucky. The biggest town within 20 miles of him has 8,000 residents. He has a wife and 4 children to support. After transitioning, Richard found jobs that used his experience and talents. He was a...
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