Mr. Wilson will obtain a Master of Entrepreneurship degree from Western Carolina University. Mr. Wilson served in the US Army Reserves from 2000 to 2008.
Using revenues from a composting business, Front Leaning Rest (FLR) will help small groups of one to five military veterans at a time launch their own business ventures. A non-profit organization, Front Leaning Rest will initiate the composting business through self-financing by Mr. Wilson as well as seeking funds from government grants and private donors.Front Leaning Rest will promote unemployed veteran lifestyle changes and community service through individual economic development. FLR intends to launch at least one veteran-owned business per year. Also, FLR will grow the composting business as well as create new sustaining business lines to assist veteran participants launch multiple businesses per year.
Veteran economic development operations will consist of four components: assessing participant desire and financial stability; networking and coordinating skill sets while conducting the FLR sustaining businesses; coordinating economic development and job training; and assisting participants with launching their business. FLR will partner with other local organizations to provide job training and business creation support, including the AB Tech Small Business Center and Incubator, Small Business and Technology Assistance Center, SCORE Asheville, On Track Financial Education, Mountain Bizworks, local colleges and universities, and other sources.
Once veteran participants achieve business self-sufficiency, they will be asked to assist FLR with in-kind mentoring and operational support or financial contributions.