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Featured Veteran-Owned Business - Frag Out

There’s a lot of talk about the positive traits that people in the military walk away with: leadership, teamwork, hard work etc.  Sometimes the positive just can’t be pinned down to a specific word, attribute, or characteristic.  Nick Franz’s journey to the military and eventually to founding Frag Out Clothing Company has been all about that experiential learning.    The Beginning Nick was born in Detroit, Michigan and joined the Air Force in March of 2001.  Nick’s path wasn’t direct; he said that at 20 years old he was “about to be homeless and wanted a job, benefits, and education.  The Air Force offered that possibility if you were willing to work.”  It wasn’t a given that Nick would join...

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Featured Veteran-Owned Business - Counter Strike Coffee

Brandon Buttrey has worked in a variety of capacities over the year: nurses’ aid after high school; Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman in the Navy; personal security detail for LTG Walt Gaskin; oil and gas businessman and medical trainer but his latest pursuit follows passion: coffee.    Many people think that entrepreneurs have an “aha moment” where their one-of-a-kind idea comes to life and then they singularly and relentlessly pursue it to success or down to failure.  The reality is that entrepreneurship is often a wandering journey.  Brandon Buttrey and the story behind Counter Strike Coffee is an excellent example of that journey and why veterans are a great fit in the local, small business landscape.  Brandon grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and enlisted...

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