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Most people don’t give much thought to who owns a lot of the businesses in their area. They go about their day, picking up things here and there, and not giving much thought to the entrepreneur behind the business name. Some of the businesses that people pass by each day may be owned by the country’s veterans. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 18.8 million veterans in the country, and around 405,000 of them are entrepreneurs.

“Veterans make for a special kind of entrepreneur,” explains Will Post, who is a veteran and is the founder and CEO of Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “They come into the business world with experiences and stories that at times makes them feel they are more fit for owning their business than anything else. They tend to have a high success rate because they are not afraid of the hard work, discipline, and dedication that it takes to be a business owner.”

Here are 5 reasons to seek out and support veteran businesses:

“At times, there may not be an option to support a veteran-owned business,” adds Post. “But when there is, it’s a good idea to show your support. It will go a long way toward helping those who helped us all.”

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Murphy, Cher. “5 Reasons to Seek out & Support Veteran Owned Businesses.” Midtown-Hell's Kitchen, NY Patch, Patch, 17Nov. 2016, https://patch.com/new-york/midtown-nyc/5-reasons-seek-out-support-veteran-owned-businesses.