According to a 2017 report from the Small Business Administration, veteran-owned businesses account for nearly 10% of all businesses in the United States. No wonder there has been a marked increase in the number of programs available to help military veterans launch and manage their own businesses.
I think this is a wonderful thing! This post uplifts and celebrates American Makers who are our members that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Join us in thanking them for their service!
7 Veteran-Owned American Maker Businesses
1. Eva Jenae Naturals (Ohio)
Maker: Lydia Gibson: United States Air Force
Vegan skincare, hair care, and men's grooming products.
2. Fair Winds Candle Company (Washington)
Maker: Tenisha Dotstry: United States Navy
Handmade candles made with coconut wax and unique fragrances to celebrate all aspects of military life and ease family members's transition from one home to the next through smells that are familiar and comforting.
3. Koils by Nature (Georgia)
Maker: Pamela Booker: United States Army
Certified vegan andd plant-based hair care products specifically formulated for textured, koily, kurly hair.
4. Maurita's Essentials (Maryland)
Maker: Meredith Hurston: United States Army Reserves
Luxury whipped soufflé body butter in fragrances like Honey Almond and Parisian Mirage.
5. La Bougie Noire Home Fragrances (Texas)
Maker: Laketta Brooks: Registered Nurse, United States Army
Home fragrances for fashion-forward individuals who love candles.
6. Pottery by Andrea (Pennsylvania)
Maker: Andrea Swift: United States Air Force
Functional pottery with a touch of whimsy.
7. Zhi Bath and Body (North Carolina)
Maker: Kim Cross: United States Navy
Goat milk soap and moisturizers, skincare systems and home fragrance.
If you are a veteran, there are plenty of resources available to help you be successful in business. Her are a few to start with.
• Warrior Rising: Business Funding For Veterans
Questions for discussion and sharing
Do you recognize the privileges we have due to the efforts of those who serve and have served in the armed forces? I think it is so inspiring to see them develop the discipline needed to serve in the military, and then translate that to entrepreneurship. What do you think?
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