American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.
With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities.
Please watch the short video below to hear what ACP's Veteran Protégés are saying about our nationwide Mentoring Program.
Founder Sidney E. Goodfriend launched American Corporate Partners on Labor Day 2008, with the help of six founding Participating Institutions. Within its first year, ACP’s Mentoring Program received more than 1,800 applications from veterans across the country for only three hundred openings. Since that time, ACP has seen significant growth, increasing the number of mentorship opportunities and welcoming additional Participating Institutions each year. By the end of 2009, the program grew to include a dozen Participating Institutions offering mentoring to more than 500 veterans. The number of mentorships doubled by the end of 2010; and by Fall 2013, 50 Participating Institutions were offering mentoring to 2,000 veterans nationwide.
On Veterans Day 2011, the organization launched ACP AdvisorNet, an online business Q&A community. ACP AdvisorNet was built to assist an increasing number of veterans and current service members in achieving their long- and short-term career goals.
A retired investment banker, Mr. Goodfriend credits his own success in the corporate world to strong mentoring relationships and holds a great appreciation for those who serve in the US Armed Forces.
About our Programs:
ACP has two distinct professional-development programs for veterans: an online network offering business advice and a nationwide mentoring program.
ACP AdvisorNet is an online business Q&A community that connects veterans and their immediate family members with business leaders across the country. Through an interactive and easy-to-use interface, veterans can ask questions about career development, employment, and small business; follow Q&A threads; and message users to initiate private conversations. The site is open to all current and former service members and their immediate family. Business leaders nationwide looking to share their expertise and advice can sign up as Advisors. All users are able to see the professional and/or military backgrounds of other users, promoting an environment of accountability and trust.
ACP’s nationwide Mentoring Program connects veterans with professionals from some of America’s top corporations and select universities. Veterans are mentored on topics ranging from résumé building and job market knowledge to networking and leadership. Any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 180 days since 2001, including spouses of those wounded or killed in action, is eligible to apply. All mentors are employees of one of ACP’s Participating Institutions.
The Mentoring Program is not a formal job-placement program, but a tool for networking and long-term career development.