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Highlighting Our Heroes: Military Spouse & Veteran Small Business Owners

Highlighting Our Heroes, featuring Veteran business owners and military spouse business owners

It's week two of National Military Appreciation Month. This week is Public Service Recognition Week (PRSW) and today is Victory Day in Europe. Seventy-two years ago today, the world celebrated Victory in Europe Day as the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The veterans of World War II served their country both in uniform and as civilian leaders; 49 percent of veterans in this Greatest Generation would go on own to operate their own small business.

StreetShares works every day to power a "New Greatest Generation" taking on the challenge of leadership — Syracuse University reports that 25 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans plan to start their own business in the next 10 years.

Let’s highlight five of the "New Greatest Generation" veterans and military community members in our ‘Highlighting Our Heroes’ joint campaign with iHeart Media. Tune in to BIG 100 in the Washington, DC metro region each day this week a 5:00pm Eastern or stream online at iheartmedia.com to hear their stories. Subscribe to the StreetShares blog to be the first to know who is featured each week at highlightingourheroes.com.

This Week’s Featured StreetShares Members

Courtney Wilson, Army Veteran

Courtney Wilson, Army veteran and small business ownerCourtney Wilson is a combat veteran and Bronze Star Medal recipient. Courtney is the founder of DropZone For Veterans, an online benefits discovery platform that connects veterans with the resources they need, when they need it, in order to thrive in their post-military lives. Courtney holds a Masters degree in Management and Leadership and will graduate with an MBA from Babson College this May.  As DropZone For Veteran's founder, Courtney has been named Military Entrepreneur Making a Difference, HubSpot's Changemaker of the Week, as well as nominated for Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year and Best & Brightest MBAs in the Class of 2017. 

Jesse Beaudin, Army Veteran

Jesse Beaudin, Army veteran and small business ownerJesse Beaudin is a US Army veteran who spent eight years on active duty in nursing, CBRNE defense, Scout, Infantry and Military Intelligence Officer. He is originally from Barre, Vermont. The Combat Infantryman gladly spent 2003-2004 in Ramadi and Habbaniyah, Iraq with The Big Red One, Iron Rangers & 1-9CAV (1-16IN/1-9CAV), Fort Riley, Kansas. He created fully immersive virtual training environments at Fort Benning, Georgia. Jesse is now the Co-Founder of Tier 1 Performance Corporation, a combat solutions provider in the Kansas City Metro. In his copious amounts of spare time he founded the Veteran LDRSHIP Network to provide REAL opportunities for Veterans in their respective communities through education, career development and vetrepreneurship.

Leigh Searl, Army Military Spouse

Leigh Searl, military spouse business ownerLeigh Searl has been a military spouse for almost 15 years. Leigh Searl and her husband, Jeffrey, have moved 11 times with the US military, always to remote locations. Between her remote location and frequent moves, it was tough for Leigh to find meaningful work, even with a law degree. Leigh started America’s Career Force with the goal of helping other educated, qualified military spouses find remote jobs they can do from anywhere. America's Career Force, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that connects businesses offering remote, portable jobs with qualified military spouses. All of the services provided to both military spouses and companies are completely free because their goal is to eliminate military spouse unemployment. 

Retired Lt. Col. Larry D. Webb, Army Veteran

Firehouse Subs LogoRetired Lt. Col. Larry D. Webb is from Eolia, MO and joined the US Army in 1978. His duty stations include tour(s) with the 82 Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; US Army Military Community in Karlsruhe, Germany; US Army 21st Support Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany; Headquarters US Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany and an extended assignment at Wright Patterson, AFB, Dayton, Ohio, Tri-Service Special Projects Office. Lt. Col. Webb retired from the US Army Aviation & Troop Command in St. Louis, Missouri with Cheryl, his wife of 40 years and their son Larry “Doc” Webb, Jr. He opened a Firehouse Subs franchise in St. Charles, Missouri where he and his family continue to serve their community. They donate personal contributions to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

David Bann, Marine Corps Veteran

David Bann, Marine Corps VeteranDavid Bann, Vice President of Sales at StreetShares and Marine Corps veteran, comes from a long line of military men in his family who have served since World War I. David served as a Marine Corps infantry officer where he completed multiple combat tours, including time in Baghdad and Fallujah, Iraq. Now transitioned from active duty, David is as Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves. David is a proud member of the StreetShares veteran run team. He also worked in the United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Joint Forces Command. David hails from Georgetown University, Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame.

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Over several weeks, we’ll feature highly impactful veterans and StreetShares members on iHeart Media’s BIG 100 radio station and on our blog. Be the first to know who will be featured that week by subscribing to our blog.  

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