I’m looking forward to helping veterans and their spouses learn how to create economic security through entrepreneurship opportunities. It’s my honor to teach those who keep us free, how to be free (financially).
You can read more via the official ViSalus press release here or pasted below:
Ryan Blair, ViSalus CEO to Headline Entrepreneur Episode
LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ViSalus, the number one challenge marketing company with its Body by Vi™ 90-Day Challenge, has partnered with Fascination Entertainment Corporation to help veterans and their spouses bolster economic security through entrepreneurship opportunities. Fascination Entertainment’s “American Dream with Kristin Best” airs weekly on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) and tells the inspiring true stories of men and women who have overcome huge obstacles to achieve the American Dream. Ryan Blair, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ViSalus, will share his struggles on the road from gang member to self-made multi-millionaire airing May 3 and on May 6.
“Unemployment for veterans is almost double the national average and it’s a disgrace,” stated Ryan Blair. “This program is designed to help our men and women of service leverage the knowledge gained through the military and its lifestyle into new business.”
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found that nearly 17 percent of their members were unemployed as of January 2012. As of February 2012, the Department of Defense reported that as many as 26 percent of the military spouses were unemployed. In fact, 49 percent of members surveyed by The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America felt employers were not open to hiring veterans.
“Most Veterans I speak to are interested in starting their own business and are just not sure how. America needs new businesses to solve our old jobs problem. By sponsoring Armed Forces Network ViSalus is doing its part to help those future entrepreneurs take themselves off the unemployment list and create their own employment,” Blair continued. The statistics agree with Blair’s observation as more than 50 percent of IAVA members are interested in starting a business in the next three-to-five years.
“We are excited by Ryan Blair’s story as an entrepreneurial CEO,” states American Dream host Kristin Best. “The success of ViSalus is an extension of Blair’s philosophy in practice that our audience can learn from and use.”
Blair’s episode, “Gang Member Turned Multimillionaire,” will be aired on May 3 at 4:30pm PDT on via live stream at http://americandreamonafn.com/ . The May 6 episode will be aired at 1:30pm PDT, on via live stream at http://americandreamonafn.com/.
Launched originally in 2005 as ViSalus Sciences and known today as ViSalus, the company remains resolute on its mission to improve “Life, Health and Prosperity” — through network marketing, premium wellness products, and a global community culture. ViSalus champions a range of personal health goals through five unique Challenge Kits designed to support individual milestones toward healthier living.
Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and Troy, MI, ViSalus™ is the company behind the wildly successful Body by Vi™ Challenge, a 90-Day lifestyle transformation platform. ViSalus champions personal victories and entrepreneurship through a social marketing model, premium products, and global community culture. Simple, Rewarding and Fun — the Body by Vi Challenge is the fastest growing health and fitness Challenge in North America today. ViSalus™ is majority-owned by Blyth, Inc. www.ViSalus.com
About American Dream with Kristin Best
Fascination Entertainment releases 52 new, original episodes of “American Dream with Kristin Best” each year. The series airs weekly on Armed Forces Network, the largest radio network in the world on more than 177 countries and every U.S. ship at Sea. The series tells the inspiring true stories of men and women who have either served in the Armed Forces, entertained or supported the troops, and gone on to achieve the American Dream. The ‘never say die’ stories encourage, instruct, amaze and fire up Armed Forces Network’s vast listening audience every week. For more information about American Dream, go to americandreamonafn.com.
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