When most people think of fast-growing startups, they tend to think of the startups of Silicon Valley and the dynamic entrepreneurial hubs that have sprouted up in cities like Seattle, Austin and New York City. But the fact is that veteran-owned startups are becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of the entrepreneurial world, as veterans returning home from conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan decide to launch their own businesses. And that’s happening in places that you wouldn’t at first expect – in cities across the heartland and in small communities near military bases.
Brian Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Vet Hustle, has seen this first-hand as a former U.S. Marine Corps veteran. When he returned home from service nearly a decade ago, the veteran entrepreneurship scene wasn’t nearly as developed as it is now. There were some U.S. government programs to help veterans make the transition back to civilian life, but there wasn’t necessarily a path to entrepreneurship. The idea back then was that you’d use the traits you used in the military – like dedication, perseverance and discipline – and use them to become a useful, functioning part of Corporate America.
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