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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. military veterans owned 2.4 million businesses in 2007, which accounted for nine percent of all businesses across the country – a valuable contribution to our economy and job market.
Four years ago, Naval Captain Jon Kurtz found himself faced with the daunting task of seeking employment in the civilian world. Alongside his wife, Gila, they decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship starting Dog is Good, LLC.
Andrew Caprio, owner of Monet Medical in Salt Lake City, Utah, won the 2014 Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business SCORE Award. He explains how working with SCORE and winning the national award added credibility to his business.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are 45% more likely than their civilian counterparts to become successful entrepreneurs.
It’s one of our favorite times of the year here at SCORE, when we honor small business success stories at the SCORE Awards. This year’s honorees and their mentors have diverse business interests and experience, and together, they exemplify the spirit of small business in the United States.