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How Iowa Ranks for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Did you know there are over 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States, according to the latest (2016?) U.S. Census Bureau data? They account for sales/receipts of $1.2 trillion. So we wondered, how does Iowa compare to other states in the Midwest when it comes to the number and impact of veteran-owned businesses?

Entrepreneur Spotlight: O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola

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The TSB program caters to women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. Mr. O’Brien spent 20 years in active duty for the U.S. Air Force before retiring in May 2007. At that point, he beginning to work at Rockwell Collins before resigning six years later to focus 100% on his company that he founded with his wife, Belinda.

SBA’s Boots to Business Training/Reboot Supports Veteran Entrepreneurs

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Boots to Business equips service members and spouses with a comprehensive business foundation – from basic entrepreneurial training and education to ongoing resources and support. More than 56,000 service members and military spouses have been trained nationwide since the SBA and Syracuse University launched the program in 2013—and participation continues to rise.

Home Base Iowa: Connecting Veterans to Civilian Careers

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One program we have here in Iowa to support those who have served is ‘Home Base Iowa’ (HBI). This unique program helps connect veterans and transitioning service members with HBI partners and resources. HBI helps these skilled veterans gain career opportunities through their vast pool of resources. As 200,000 military members transition out of military HIB strives to make Iowa the “State of Choice” for veterans and service members to gain employment, education, and find a community that is affordable, family-friendly, and welcoming.

              
             

 

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