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Jack Welch Management Institute - Online MBA Program - Live Q&A Thursday, May 26th with Jack Welch Himself
Orion Proud to Participate in the Serving Our Soldiers 5k Fundraiser
Saturday, April 23rd, was a great day to raise money for our troops and veterans! That morning, employees and family members from our Raleigh Orion office participated in a 5K race hosted by Serving Our Soldiers. The proceeds from the 5K went to purchasing and shipping care packages to three adopted platoons deployed in Afghanistan. They also went into a fund for a scholarship started this year that will provide financial assistance to a veteran who wishes to go back to school.
Founded by two teenagers, Serving Our Soldiers (SOS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing support for our troops and veterans. Its founders, Caroline and Clare, started the organization because they felt that Americans, particularly teenagers and young adults, don't provide enough support for servicemen and women. SOS has held other fundraisers and events as well, such as thank-you card drives. For more information about SOS, visit its website or Facebook page.
Orion thanks SOS and the volunteers from Ravenscoft School and NC State's ROTC for making this a fun and rewarding event!
5 States Offering Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans
The recent extension through 2019 of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC), namely the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Credits, offer a great incentive to hiring veterans. But these federal tax credits aren’t the only way to take advantage of the cost benefits of hiring veterans. Many states throughout the US also offer veteran tax credits that can be used in conjunction with federal tax credits. Below is a list of five states which offer such a tax credit:
1. Alabama: Heroes for Hire Income Tax Credit – This credit provides a $1,000 tax credit for job creation to employers who hire recently deployed, and now discharged, unemployed veterans. The credit also creates up to $2,000 nonrefundable income tax credit to recently deployed, and now discharged, unemployed veterans who hold at least 50 percent ownership interest in a start-up business.
2. Alaska: Veteran Tax Credit – This credit provides $3,000 for a disabled veteran and $2,000 for a veteran who is not disabled. The veteran must have been unemployed for more than four weeks and have been discharged or released from military service less than 10 years before the date employment begins for a veteran who is disabled; or less than two years before the date employment begins for a veteran who is not disabled. The veteran must also be employed in the state for 1,560 hours or more during 12 consecutive months immediately following the date the veteran is first employed.
3. Connecticut: Job Expansion Tax Credit - Connecticut businesses can be eligible for tax credits of $900 per month for each new full-time job created for a veteran employee who, at the time of hiring by the taxpayer, is a member of, was honorably discharged from or released under honorable conditions from active service in the armed forces.
4. West Virginia: Military Incentive Credit – Employers in West Virginia can receive 30% of the first $5,000 of compensation paid to a veteran. If the veteran was a member of the reserve or WV National Guard, the credit equals 25 percent of the first $5,000 of compensation. The credit equals the percentage of disability suffered by the veteran, multiplied by the first $5,000 of compensation.
5. Wisconsin: Veteran Employment Credit - This credit is available to businesses who have hired certain disabled veterans. For each qualifying veteran hired for a full- time job, the credit is $4,000 in the taxable year in which the veteran is hired and $2,000 in each of the next three taxable years. For each qualifying veteran hired for a part-time job, the credit is up to $2,000 in the taxable year in which the veteran is hired and up to $1,000 in each of the next three taxable years.
These are just a few of the states offering these great tax incentives. Click here to view a full list to see if your state has tax credits that you could be taking advantage of by hiring a veteran today.
PLEASE NOTE: Orion ICS, LLC, its affiliates and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice to any taxpayer. This content is for general information purposes only, and is not intended or written to be used without the advice of the taxpayer's independent tax advisor. Thank you for reading about tax credits for hiring veterans.
Jack Welch Management Institute - Online MBA Program - Live Q&A Thursday, May 26th with Jack Welch Himself
If you are considering earning an MBA, the Jack Welch Management Institute is the place to learn proven practices from the front-lines of business. Orion International has partnered with The Jack Welch Management Institute to present this opportunity to earn your MBA, completely online, learning directly from top business leaders, while you continue to grow in your current career.
Fortune Magazine recently featured the MBA program in their article, "How Jack Welch Is Reinventing the MBA" by John A. Byrne. The article points out that "the four-year-old Jack Welch Management Institute is one of the very few business schools that is run like a business, with a laser-like focus on customer service. The school is closely managed on student surveys that measure the impact of the education as well as the likelihood that a student would recommend the institute to a friend or colleague."
If you have any questions, you can have them answered this Thursday, May 26th by Jack Welch himself at 12 pm ET for a live Q&A session. This is your chance to get your questions answered by one of the world's most successful and celebrated business leaders. You'll also have the chance to hear students and alumni discuss their own experience in the program.
Career Opportunities within Orion
Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers with a strong record of achievement to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive. We are hiring for our Virginia Beach, VA; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA offices.
As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for identifying and working closely with America's leading companies in order for them to hire transitioning military veterans and develop smarter hiring programs. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Average total first year income for Account Executives is $80K+, with a goal of $100K+ in your second year and beyond. In addition to unlimited salary potential and a comprehensive benefits package, Orion provides additional reward and recognition to our top performers.
To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. You do not need prior sales experience, as we will provide you the training, tools and resources needed to succeed. Learn more about joining the Orion team.
We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.
Navy Officer Recruiter
We are also seeking a Transitioning USMC Officer to join our San Diego team as a Marine Corps Officer Recruiter. We are hiring for our San Diego, CA, office.
Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Officer candidates at a salary of $60,000 - $65,000 base salary, plus commission. For this position, you must be a recently transitioned USMC Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning. Click here to apply.
Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiter
Orion International is Seeking Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiters in our San Diego, CA, office.
Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning enlisted candidates. Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.
Client Delivery Recruiter
Orion International is seeking a Recruiter to join our national Military Talent Program Recruiting Team in our Cincinnati, OH, office.
As a Client Delivery Recruiter you will work with transitioning and recently transitioned military members of all ranks and aid them in their transition to a new career in Corporate America. You will be responsible for recruiting military candidates in support of Military Talent Program Accounts, including members of the Fortune 100 and other top companies. There is no prior Recruiting experience necessary as you will receive all of the training needed to succeed in this role, and will be trained by our experienced recruiting team.
Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.
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As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.
If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion's Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.
Help grow the Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with 800+ members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!
Steven Quinones won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing
and is the winner of a $50 gift card.
Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You'll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client referrals and Job Seeker referrals. That's one entry for each referral that you submit - good luck and thank you for the referral!
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion
Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.
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