Mission43 is focused on the four pillars of education, employment, purpose, and connection. Under each pillar is one incredible organization, and together they form a community of opportunity that can help our currently serving military, veterans, and military spouses succeed in Idaho.
We are excited to announce that moving forward in 2018, 43INC has become the new organization for our connection pillar. INC stands for Innovate + Network + Connect. It’s where we set the conditions and then it is up to you to take the opportunity to succeed with other members, leaders, and risk-takers. So, a little more on INC...
Innovate: New Ideas on Display
This may come in the form of our speaker-panel events where we sit down with people who have accomplished incredible things because of the influence the military has had in their lives. Past guests include Josh Cleghorn and Butch Whiting, co-founders of Idaho-based Kryptek Outdoor Group. In a few short years after flying Apaches together in Iraq, they turned their hunting clothing line into one of the top brands on the market.
If you have a business or non-profit idea, you can pursue this with our entrepreneurial programs through our partnership with the Boise State University Venture College. We run a four-session “sprint” that teaches you the principles of the Lean Startup Methodology. You can then continue on with a $1,000 scholarship to the full semester Mission43 Garage program. The Garage goes “under the hood” of your business over 13-weeks with full access to the Venture College staff and resources.
Network: Every Person Has Value
Quickly integrate and get to know those in the community including our Mission43 civilian supporters, who believe there is so much more to accomplish after the military. We do this through our monthly Happy Hours around the state. They are low drama events, just good people, and a great way to make a difference in someone else’s future. You never know who you will meet!
Connect: Opportunities to Make Our Community Better
Time and again we hear from our members they want to volunteer and give back. Now we have an answer. 43INC will help organize and connect to those opportunities around the state. In the past we have done this through events such as helping to remove the holiday wreaths placed in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, or by creating the most lively and memorable water station along the St. Luke’s FitOne Half-Marathon course. These volunteer opportunities are also one of the best ways to bring the kids out and include them in M43 activities.
We have also connected to the community through our September 11th Moving Tribute. Last year, we passed one flag from member to member over 40 miles through the Treasure Valley. 9.11.2001 has faded from too many Americans’ memories, and for some it is new. But, through the Moving Tribute, thousands of people across the Treasure Valley witnessed an honorable way to remember that day.
All of that said, 43INC is a big step forward for Mission43 in 2018! We are incredibly excited to expand and set the conditions for our members to Innovate + Network + Connect. Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming opportunities to get involved and we hope to see you out there!