Your Support Grows Small Businesses

Sponsors & Partners

Our sponsors, partners, and donors make it possible for the Second Service Foundation to continue our mission to inspire, educate, and support military-connected 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


Our sponsors are organizations and companies that generously provide financial or in-kind support to our events, programs, and organization. Thanks to their support, the Second Service Foundation has assisted over 10,000 veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs through education, networking events, and social-impact and early-stage capital grants.

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

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 are providing veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs resources, business coaching, and the opportunity to receive capital impact grants. 



The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. DVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans. Today, DVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present.

The Virginia Department of Veteran Services sponsors the Second Service Foundation’s Tactical Tribute Challenge event.

Conflict Kinetics (CK) is an award-winning synthetic marksmanship facility, with cutting-edge technology and virtual training systems to take your performance to new heights. Engage in realistic simulations, hone your accuracy, and perfect your techniques with expert guidance. Get ready to dominate the range and unleash your inner sharpshooter.


Conflict Kinetics and its nonprofit partner SafeHouse Sim™ sponsor the Second Service Foundation’s Tactical Tribute Challenge event.

Collaboration and cooperation to build our community


The Second Service Foundation engages in collaborations with partner organizations and businesses on a range of projects, programs, and initiatives. Through these close cooperative efforts, we harness the collective expertise, networks, and resources of both parties to magnify the impact and benefits for our entrepreneurs. Working hand in hand with our partners, we strive to empower and support our entrepreneurial community even further.

Twelve Million Plus

Twelve Million Plus is the first and only verified community, exclusively for military spouses. Inside 12M+, milspouses can chat, connect and collaborate and it is also a centralization and modernization of resources available.
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Stronghold Food Pantry

Stronghold Food Pantry's primary mission is to serve military families facing food insecurity with care and dignity by providing food, necessities, and resources.
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Lifegiver, LLC

Lifegiver provides powerful content that restores service marriages impacted by the military and first responder lifestyle. Corie Weathers, licensed professional counselor, is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and award-winning author.
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Our Mission

Your Contributions Help Support

The Second Service Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for veteran, military-spouse, Gold Star Family, 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 competition creates networking opportunities 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.