Middle Tenn. Veterans turned entrepreneurs form support network - WKRN News 2

Middle Tenn. Veterans turned entrepreneurs form support network

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2012 09:27 AM

A group of Middle Tennessee veterans turned business owners and entrepreneurs have formed a unique network of support for one another.

More than three million men and women who have defended our country by serving in America's armed forces have started their own small businesses after their military service.

The Silver Dollar Saloon on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville opened in June 2012 and is partially owned by former Marine Jeff Walton.

"Everything I've learned in my five years of the Marine Corps has helped me with stuff today; with managing employees and holding meetings and different things like that," Walton told Nashville's News 2.

The Silver Dollar Saloon supports another veteran owned company, Heroes Vodka.

"Why not create a veteran owned spirit company that gives back a portion of all spirit sales to other veteran service organizations," Heroes Vodka founder Travis McVey said.

Heroes Vodka will celebrate their one year anniversary on Veteran's Day.

Mark Woods' organization Operation Troop Aid is another veteran owned non-profit.

"We raise money at the shows to send care packages over to the troops," Woods told Nashville's News 2.

On Sunday, former Marine turned country singer, Stephen Cochran will perform at the Silver Dollar Saloon's official Veteran's Day celebration.

Cochran and the other vets are now working together to support each other's businesses.

"We're trying to start our own circle of veteran owned businesses where we do business with each other," Cochran said.

"It's just a fusion of talent that's coming together to support the veterans in a way that's every really been done before," Woods added.

The Silver Dollar Saloon will host the official after party following the Veteran's Day parade in downtown Nashville.

For more information on Middle Tennessee small businesses owned by veterans visit Navoba.com.

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