The StreetShares Foundation selected three winners for its veteran business grant contest, or its Veteran Small Business Awards.  The grants were awarded to military spouse business owners.

  1. Brooke Barnes and Jessica Johnson, Air Force Military Spouses, Co-founders of edge co-working (Clovis, New Mexico) $5,000:  Edge co-working provides co-working spaces for military spouses, consultants and entrepreneurs.
  2. Kathryn Thomas, Navy Veteran and Military Spouse, CEO of Yoga 4 Change (Jacksonville, Florida) $3,000:   Yoga 4 Change is a nonprofit that brings a purpose-driven yoga curriculum to veterans, incarcerated individuals, vulnerable youth and those suffering from substance abuse.
  3. Abbey Sass, Army Military Spouse, Co-founder of Civil Sass (Chatfield, Minnesota) $2,000: Civil Sass is a hops farm serving craft breweries in Minnesota

Congratulations goes out to all winners and participants with a special acknowledgement to Street Shares.  Street Shares is one of the few financial firms that is committed to aiding in diversity.  From their SHE ETF which focuses on gender diversity in corporate America, to veteran funding, Street Shares has displayed annual support for the diversity community.

StreetShares Foundation, located outside of Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit affiliated with StreetShares, Inc. The mission of the StreetShares Foundation is to inspire, educate, and support veterans’ business ownership. Cash awards are given to veteran, current reserve, active duty members and military spouse business owners. Top veteran business owners are presented online for a public vote.