TRANSFORMATION: Nov. 2012 – Veterans as entrepreneurs

For some, service is a way of life

Returning veterans often face high unemployment and limited opportunities in the workforce.

For many, entrepreneurship is a viable option that allows them to translate skills learned in the military into innovative businesses and self-employment opportunities.

US flags flying in front of storeMany military veterans are embracing entrepreneurship as a career option. The reasons are varied but include the fact that skill sets learned in the military can be applied in the business world, the jobs veterans left when they entered active duty may no longer exist or a veteran who undergoes a life changing experience may re-evaluate his earlier career plans. Having endured adversity, these brave men and women feel equipped to take on the challenges and risks of being self-employed. And many are assisted in Missouri by the Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC).

Here are a few of their stories:

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TRANSFORMATION is published by the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers, with assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Questions and comments may be directed to Mary Paulsell, Director of Communications, MO SBTDC, at 573-882-1353 or