Bunker vConnect

National Events - Virtual
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 3:00 PM (EDT)

About this event

The Bunker vConnect event series is the adaptation of the in-person facilitated networking program, Bunker Connect, piloted by Bunker Labs and the Schultz Family Foundation, where 90% of attendees made meaningful connections.

Why would I be interested in yet another virtual event?

Probably more than ever, you need every bit of help and support you can get. At the same time, there’s no better way to quell anxiety and stress than by helping others.

Finding a good mentor can be tough and networking is often a chore. Why not try something different that’s fun, effective, and benefits the military-connected community? Grow your network and help others do the same.

Who is this for?

This event is for you if you are looking for:

  • Advancements in your current position
  • A fun, new way to increase your network
  • Exposure to new opportunities and resources
  • Ways to help through mentorship

Active duty military, veterans, military veteran spouses, and their supporters are strongly encouraged to participate and connect.

No matter who you are, come connect with your community - to share your wisdom and learn from others with insight - and have a great time doing so.

What exactly is this? Webinar? Workshop?

Bunker vConnect is a new approach to networking. This fun, unique, and highly effective experience fosters meaningful connections through structured facilitation.

Made possible by the Schultz Family Foundation, Bunker vConnect seeks to harness the wisdom, expertise, and network in your community.

As one of the largest national nonprofits dedicated to realizing the dreams of the military-connected community, Bunker Labs is piloting this program online.

How is this different? What can I expect?

Bunker vConnect is an Interactive Experience

This will be an interactive and enriching experience. Come prepared to engage and develop. Here’s the plan

1.) Build Your Profile

The event begins with your profile on Bunker Online—you can go there now and get a head start. This is what you will use to let the community know what kinds of connections you are looking for and ensure your new connections are valuable.

2.) Hone Your Networking

The rest of the event will be run by a subject matter expert in the art and science of networking. You’ll be broken out into small groups and work on your networking skills with new people.

3.) Make New Connections

At the end of this series, you’ll reach out to others in the group to set up a time to meet afterwards.

Bunker vConnect Features Community and Corporate Partners

Along with community participants like you, Bunker Labs brings their network of military-connected entrepreneurs, advisors, community partners, and local employee resource groups.

Our partner organizations commit individuals to attend these events, so you and others like you can benefit from their presence and networks.

The Session Features a Recognized Subject Matter Expert in Networking

Each event is centered around a different subject matter expert in a skill that will help you find, build, and maintain stronger relationships. These are just some of the areas scheduled to be covered:

  • The art and science of small talk
  • Engaging elevator pitches
  • Practical tips in making the most of your virtual presence

You Network While Honing Your Skills

Then, participants work in small groups on specific exercises directed by the expert.

When you join Bunker vConnect event, you will be learning and practicing networking skills alongside the very people who may be able to help and support you. Everyone attending the event gets access to the profiles of other attendees on Bunker Online.

Bunker vConnect Sets You Up for Networking Success

Participants work to find two other like-minded people to commit to a time and date to meet virtually. The session will put you in front of a ton of new connections through the exercises and Bunker Online. It’s up to you to grow them.

You don’t have to do this all on your own. It’s time to connect – Bunker vConnect.

Joining us is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register for the event
  2. Go to BunkerOnline.org and create your profile
  3. Show up on September 15th ready to connect!

Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual Zoom room.

*This event will be recorded. Participation in the meeting indicates your consent to being included in the meeting recording.


  • Ray Milano

    Ray Milano

    VeteransBusiness Outreach Center ProgramOffice of Veterans Business DevelopmentU.S. Small Business Administration


    Ray Milano currently serves as Director of the SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Center Program. In this role, Ray oversees twenty-two Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) located throughout the United States. VBOCs are a one-stop-shop for veterans and military spouses looking to start and grow small businesses.

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  • When

    Tuesday, Sep 15
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)