Chuck Bragdon, retired U.S. Navy chief, founded Water Saver Solutions (WSS) in 2008. What started as a simple home improvement project has turned out to be so much bigger.
The two sisters and owners of Awesome Bars, Leah and Stefanie Melnik, were inspired to start their business after getting awesome feedback about their tasty and wholesome snacks from their family and friends.
Malaya Acupuncture and Wellness Center was started by Emil Velasquez when he wasn’t satisfied with the treatment options for his parents when they were sick.
Karen Roberts opened HauteButch in April 2012 after she had been having a hard time finding clothes that she actually wanted to wear. She is filling a huge need that has yet to be satisfied by providing gender neutral and masculine clothes that are made to fit women.
Barebottle Brewing Co., owned by Lester Koga, Mike Seitz, and Benjamin Sterling, is a craft brewery and taproom in San Francisco. Lester and Mike started brewing together in 2008 while working corporate jobs. However, they decided to quit their jobs and pursue their passion of brewing beer.
California nonprofit receives $1.2 million from JPMorgan Chase to invest in veteran entrepreneurs
Veteran entrepreneurs will gain new partnerships to support their business growth
Calvin Andrews, owner of Lena’s Soul Food Cafe, opened the restaurant because he wanted to share the cooking that he grew up on. The cafe is named after his mother who taught him and his three siblings how to cook.
Josee Savard Schumer opened The Philoglots after she was inspired by teaching a French program at a local school. She created The Philoglots which is a gathering place for people to come and learn the practical use of language.
Shawn Higgins served in the jewelry industry for twenty years, but he began questioning whether he wanted to stay part of an industry that is harmful to people and the environment. Then he met Lindsay Daunell, who has a background in environmental studies.
At the end of 2013, three entrepreneurs opened Manifesta. The entrepreneurs, Lindsay Barnhardt, K.C. Lutes, and Mireya Albarra, knew that they wanted to open a hair salon, but they also wanted to serve the community.