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Honoring Our Nation's Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Small Business Spotlight - November 2021

Small businesses make up 99.9 percent of businesses across the United States, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all American employees. The small business community is comprised of our nation's hardest working individuals. Their tireless dedication to running a small business does not go unnoticed.

In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week and Veterans Day, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) hosted a Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable. 

House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) meets with Army Veteran Wes Hester, CEO Foxhole Technology (Fairfax, VA)

During the month of November, the House Committee on Small Business is recognizing the 15 veteran-owned small businesses that participated in the Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable. The veteran small business owners have served our nation in one of the highest regards and have since come home to continue supporting their communities through entrepreneurship and employing fellow veterans. These brave men and women have exemplified a resiliency unlike any other.

The list of veteran-owned small businesses includes:

  • Brian Bufka - 1st Place Printing (Montgomery City, MO)
  • Joe Lindenmayer - California Closets Gulf Coast (Metairie, LA)
  • Joe Shamess - Flags of Valor (Great Falls, VA)
  • Daniel Luck, Joseph Luck, Christopher Schulte, and Bryan Becker - Four Brothers Mead LLC (Festus, MO)
  • Wes Hester and Harris Nussbaum - Foxhole Technology (Fairfax, VA)
  • David Haydel - Haydel's Bakery (Jefferson, LA)
  • Timothy Shirey - Hive & Honeybee (Crozet, VA)
  • Jerome Johnson - JBAR Inc. (Woodbridge, VA)
  • Richard Cope - KGM Technologies (Gainesville, GA)
  • Christine Lantinen - Maud Borup Inc. (Plymouth, MN)
  • Scott Matheny - Semper Tek, Inc. (Lexington, KY)
  • John Michel - Soulcial Kitchen (Swansea, IL)
  • Robert Holt - Southern Draw Cigars, LLC (Austin, TX)
  • James Hintzke - Valhalla's Forge LLC and Valhalla's Mission Force Nonprofit (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Don Miller - Veterans Business Outreach Center (Norfolk, VA)

Committee Members Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08) meet with Army Veteran Christine Lantinen, President and Owner of Maud Borup Inc. (Plymouth, MN)

During the Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable, Members of Congress heard directly from veteran small business owners about the challenges veteran entrepreneurs face and discussed policies to support their small businesses. House Republicans reiterated their commitment to advancing policies that empower our nation's veteran entrepreneurs and remain dedicated to providing veteran-owned small businesses with the tools they need to get back on their feet and prosper on Main Street U.S.A.

Committee Member Rep. Beth Van Duyne (TX-24) meets with Navy Seal Veteran James Hintzke, CEO of Valhalla's Forge LLC and Valhalla's Mission Force Nonprofit (Virginia Beach, VA)

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