Seda Goff – Anthony Gantt: November 9, 2021

HELPING VETERANS MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM THE FRONT LINES TO BUSINESS OWNERS

STUDY HIGHLIGHTS THE BEST CITIES FOR VETERANS TO START AND GROW A BUSINESS AS WELL AS WHAT’S BEING DONE TO GIVE THEM A LEG UP ON THEIR VENTURES

Seda Goff, Senior Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Foundation

Andrew Wolgemuth, Army veteran and Co-founder and COO at Wove

JD Kameen, active US Marine Officer Founder and CEO of Paintru

Anthony Gantt, Marine Major, Founder and CEO of At Ease

 

Making the transition to civilian life is one of the greatest challenges that veterans face. For veteran entrepreneurs, this transition can pose an even bigger challenge. While almost 50% of veterans returning home from World War II started businesses, that number is down to 4.5% today. But why? The biggest challenge faced by today’s veterans is access to the funds and social networks needed to start their businesses. That’s why the PenFed Foundation launched the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP,) which equips military members and veterans with the resources and training needed to realize their business aspirations.

 

On November 9th, Senior Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Foundation, Seda Goff, will be joined by a veteran entrepreneur to discuss the importance of supporting veteran owned businesses. They will also identify the best cities for veteran entrepreneurs in America based on PenFed Foundation’s new study. The study highlights the best cities for veterans to start and grow a business as well as how these cities handled the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s study showed that across the board, cities made great strides to improve their ecosystems for military members and veterans who want to grow or start a business.

 

For more information please visit: https://penfedfoundation.org/veip/

 

MORE ABOUT SEDA GOFF:

Seda is the Senior Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Foundation and leads the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program and the Veteran Entrepreneur Fund Bravo. She is committed to inspiring, educating, and connecting veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and innovators. Seda helps to bridge the gap of investment capital to military veteran entrepreneurs by providing development, funding and a platform to grow. Her work also focuses on connecting veteran entrepreneurs to support other veteran entrepreneurs through their successes. Seda served as City Leader for Bunker Labs and previously worked at Capitol Post in Alexandria, VA and founded Lighthouse Global Business to guide international entrepreneurs and US-based start-ups looking to build or expand their businesses. Seda is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business where she teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

 

MORE ABOUT ANDREW WOLGEMUTH & WOVE:

Andrew is a Co-founder and COO at Wove. Andrew grew up in the jewelry industry through his family’s jewelry business in central Pennsylvania. During Andrew’s time in the Army, he started designing and building rings for friends who were serving overseas and wanted to propose upon coming home. Following his time in the Army, Andrew spent the summer working on Wove at Stanford GSB’s Ignite Entrepreneurship Program and developed a unique customer experience that couples love. Wove is a collaborative jewelry design platform empowering couples to create a one of a kind engagement rings with the company’s world class jewelry designers. Wove gives couples the confidence to buy remotely by shipping exact custom replicas to the couples home following initial design. The company prides itself on its craftsmanship, hand crafting each piece with Master Goldsmiths from their shops in Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

 

More About JD KAMEEN & PAINTRU.
JD Kameen is an active US Marine Officer Founder and CEO of Paintru. Paintru is a 100% veteran owned and direct to consumer custom art company with offices in the United States and Scotland. Paintru makes the process of owning and gifting beautiful museum-quality custom artwork, inspired by your photos and memories, approachable. In just minutes, you can upload a photo and select a painting style. We do the rest to match you with an artist who will hand paint your cherished moments. Paintru has a network of over 2,000 artists worldwide – all capable of gallery quality artwork in various mediums and styles.

 

MORE ABOUT ANTHONY GANTT & At Ease:

Marine Major Anthony Gantt is Founder and CEO of At Ease. A 22+ year Marine, husband, and father of six, Anthony grew tired of eight different personalities living in one hotel room each time he was relocated to a new base. After three moves in two years, Anthony and his wife Novia, started At Ease with the mission to simplify the booking and reimbursement process for PCS orders (permanent change of station). At Ease is a short term rental platform helping military and federal employees and their families find government approved, temporary housing with less time and frustration.

 

Produced for PenFed Foundation

 

 

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