Many of the skills that are learned while serving in the Armed Forces translate well when navigating the civilian business world. Regardless of whether a business is within a physical brick and mortar facility or has an online presence, there is a level of structure, organization, and planning that is necessary in order to be successful. One of the great things about a veteran-owned business is that the founders are deeply passionate about making the world a better place, based on heir own experiences. Frequently supporting these businesses is also a great way to show appreciation for veterans. 

Stubble & ‘Stache was founded by a veteran who wanted to honor his fallen compatriot by growing out a beard in his honor for his funeral. He soon learned how badly he needed to create his own conditioning treatments, which he then shared with his military friends. In addition to founding his own business, Nick Karnaze is also a prominent advocate for mental health awareness and supports wounded and disabled veterans. Alpha Coffee was created by a husband and wife who believe in the value of family time and a good cup of coffee. While they do operate on a for-profit basis, they give back to the community often, with a focus on military families and veteran organizations.

Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of the recruitment campaign of American female workers during World War II. Two military spouses and female entrepreneurs started their own handbag company with the same idea – that military wives are strong and can do anything, even when constant upheaval happens. Remote riveters are employed by them all around the country, keeping them employed at a time when finding work is difficult. In addition, they support military spouses through their military spouse entrepreneurship program.

Combat Flip-flops is a company that comes about as a way to honor the anti-war movement, by creating peace out of trading repurposed goods that were once used to kill. Their mission goes hand-in-hand with the use of locally-sourced materials that help communities. They donate profits to numerous charities and support education for the youth of Afghanistan. Like many other veteran-led companies, their inspiration comes from a deep understanding of how it feels to experience loss and heartache.