Day 16 of #30DaysOfCaring is highlighting Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, a non-profit putting its money back into helping those who served and sacrificed for our country. Dog Tag Bakery is an entrepreneurial program focused on education and employment for veterans with disabilities and their spouses. Their goal is to build a bridge to business employment and a productive civilian life for returning veterans with disabilities and caregivers that have served our country so well.
Dog Tag Bakery provides a vehicle for veterans to put newly acquired skills into context. They hire cohorts of wounded veterans and their spouses to complete a program that provides both substantive work experience and a tailor made curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During the day, veterans operate the bakery: learning skills from baking to sales to business management. At the same time, they pursue a course of study focusing on small business administration and entrepreneurship, providing each student with the skills needed for the successful pursuit of a job or the foundation to create a small business venture of their own.
The storefront includes a state of the art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. In addition to serving the Georgetown community, Dog Tag Bakery also completes catering and mail orders, allowing Dog Tag fellows to manage a nationwide business. By facilitating a business rotation through the storefront, fellows will have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including business and staff management, product creation, customer service, marketing, and operations.
Check out the video below about the Inaugural Class of Dog Tag!
Dog Tag Bakery is located in the heart of Georgetown at 3206 Grace Street NW. While the pilot program is currently in Washington, DC, the hope is it will be replicated in major cities throughout the US; allowing these programs to serve as incubators for employment and small business development.