Your Support Grows Small Businesses

Our Partners

Our partners and donors make it possible for The Second Service Foundation to continue our mission to inspire, educate, and support veteran business ownership in America. 

Donors & Partners

Your Support Matters

As a private foundation, the Second Service Foundation aims to inspire, educate, and support veterans, military spouses, and gold star families as they grow their enterprises. Your donation directly impacts coaching, resources and capital that are available to entrepreneurs to help scale their business from startup to the stars.

Making Dreams a reality for veteran & military spouse entrepreneurs

Corporate Partners

Through their generous of our corporate partners, The Second Service Foundation has supported over 10,000 veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs through education, networking events, and social impact and early stage capital grants. 

Brewing the American Dream by Sam Adams

Since 2008, Samuel Adams has supported its nonprofit lending partners in providing more than 3,600 loans totaling over $79 million to food and beverage entrepreneurs in 40 states across the country. Just as important, the program has provided business coaching and advising to more than 13,000 people. The businesses supported by this program have created or retained more than 9,000 jobs in their local communities.

Brewing the American Dream sponsors The Second Service Foundation Military Entrepreneur Challenge and the Sam Adams Networking Happy Hour. 

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers and other professionals in 35 offices worldwide. The firm’s lawyers and advisors provide representation in litigation, corporate and finance, real estate, healthcare and governmental matters. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with efficient access to attorneys throughout the firm.

Holland & Knight provide over $100,000 annually of pro bono legal services for the recipients of the Military Entrepreneur Challenge early-stage and social-impact grants. 

Community Navigator Pilot Program

The Second Service Foundation is part of Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF) CNPP Partner Network, a program funded in part by the Small Business Administration to help reduce barriers to entrepreneurship. As a partner, we’re providing veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs resources, business coaching, and the opportunity to receive capital impact grants. 



Our Mission

Your Contributions Help Support

The Second Service Foundation’s mission to provide opportunities for veteran, military spouse, gold star, and military-connected small business owners through inspirational success stories, educational content, mentoring, coaching, networking events and grants to provide a boost of financial support to grow their business.


The Military Entrepreneur Challenge pitch competitions create a networking opportunity as well as provides education, resources, and access to capital for business development. 

Business Coaching

The Second Service Foundation has partnered with Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program to bring entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with experts through business coaching sessions. 

Educational Resources

The Second Service Foundation curates educational materials for entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

our impact

People Behind the Businesses

Find out more about past Military Entrepreneur Challenge grant recipients and how they are impacting their communities.