Life after Service in Uniform: The next chapter

US Veterans should be inspired to own their own businesses


As 250,000 American Veterans return home from service each year, it is challenging to make the transition back to civilian life and into the civilian work force.

As a business owner and Recruiter, it’s tough for me to say, “Thank you for your service” but I can’t offer you a job because you don’t have the experience required in the private sector (hospitality industry).

My business is Veteran Owned & Operated, and I work hard to hire and place Veterans in great job opportunities…. but there are challenges in getting other business owners to do the same.

As a potential Business Owner, it was tough for me to hear “Thank you for your service” but we will not approve your business loan without more assets or equity. Getting an SBA loan seemed like an insurmountable wall!

I believe that Small business ownership for Veterans is a great opportunity to transfer our military skills – leadership, problem solving, process and systems thinking as well as the technical knowledge gained during our service to our nation. That is why Veterans should be inspired to go from “Boots to business” with support from VA, SBA, and corporate USA. I ask that we address the areas that make Small Business Ownership challenging.


Key challenges to address:

Whether you are a Veteran or Civilian, the key issues for Small Businesses are:

  • Access to Capital. Existing Small Business Owners, and people who want to start new businesses or franchises, need to have access to liquid capital. The process needs to be streamlined.
  • We need to do more to help Americans get into business and help them be successful. Small Businesses (including Franchise Small Businesses) are the #1 Job creators in the USA.
  • “Over-regulate” small businesses. Be mindful not to weigh us down with too many regulations or stipulations
  • Provide more opportunities for Veterans to create and start small business through corporate mentorship and partnership programs.
  • Create and provide more opportunities to employ Veterans when they get out of active service.

Small Business Owners make “America Strong”!

Small business account for 60% of new jobs created annually. For areas in economic transition where manufacturing has vanished it has been the entrepreneurial spirit that has kept local economy in motion. Making small business loans, incubators and accelerators all provide must needed resources for small business. Affordable insurance, benefits and reasonable employment taxes will allow small business to attract the right employees and grow their businesses.

Promoting Veterans to start their own business strengths our relationship, keeps the faith in us, and truly thanks US for our service



This article was written about our superstar retired Army Colonel franchisee Ty Clifton in Virginia.


Duke Witte absolutely was amazing! 

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Duke Witte for his assistance in finding me a new job in the hospitality industry. I was disgruntled with my previous job, and I was feeling very discouraged about my prospects. I had been working in the restaurant industry for many years, and I had a lot of experience and skills, but I was having a hard time finding a better opportunity.

I was contacted via LinkedIn by Duke, and thank goodness I was.  Mr. Witte was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He took the time to understand my skills and experience, and worked tirelessly to find me a job that was a good fit.

Duke was also very honest and upfront with me about the job market. He didn't sugarcoat things, but also didn't give up on me. He kept me motivated and encouraged, and never gave up on finding me a job that I would love.

I am so grateful to Duke Witte and his team for their help. I am now happily employed, and I am so happy that I was able to find a job that I love. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a job in the restaurant industry. He is a true professional, and is dedicated to helping his clients find the perfect job!

Thank you again for everything!

Nick Grubbs

Working with Chris Bovio made job searching so much easier! 

Not only was he available and involved in my search, but also knowledgeable regarding the position. Chris used his industry experience and recruiting network to find the best position for me and my skill set. My only regret is that my new job is so perfect for me that I won’t need to use Chris or Patrice & Associates later.


Nick Guarino

Michael Greig was absolutely fantastic in every way! 

He gave me options and suggestions & eventually found a great for me. Communication was easy and he went above & beyond. Also, he seems like an all around good dude. Thanks again Michael. Solid work out there. You’re hired :)

Nic Callahan

Bryan Curtis was fantastic to work with!

Bryan was very on top of things throughout my recruiting process to the engineering firm I accepted my position with.  I responded to his LinkedIn posting and heard back from him within 24 hours. He continually spoke with me throughout the process checking in regularly and answering all my questions. Bryan was instrumental in helping me find a great job.



Frank Rondeau was a really big help! 

When it came to helping me find my new job, he knocked it out of the park!  He was very honest and thorough throughout the entire process. We had multiple conversations along the way and he always checked in after interviews. Frank was amazing to work with, and I'm super excited to start my new journey thanks to him.       

Many Thanks,


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