Bob Evans Farms, Inc has teamed with The Mission Continues, and FUBU founder and ABC Shark Tank star Draymond John to help scale the businesses of three veterans turned entrepreneurs. The program titled “Our Farm Salutes, Heroes to CEOs” began in 2016 with the goal of supporting active duty military members, veterans, and their families through entrepreneurship. According to Black Enterprise, “under the program, the company launched a national grant competition to empower vets who own businesses.” Three winners were selected from the competition, each receiving $25,000 and a business coaching session with Mr John.
The three veterans selected include:
- Mutt’s Sauce created by Charlynda Scales, an Air Force veteran. Mutt’s Sauce began in 2015 and is an all-purposeful condiment that can be used for any type of meal.” Scales says that her “ultimate goal with Mutt’s Sauce is to become something that is adopted not only with people and everyday food, [but into] everyday culture.”
- FanFood created by Carson Goodale, a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. FanFood is a “modern, mobile concession platform [that] allows fans in a stadium to order their concessions and have them ready for express pickup or delivery directly to their seats at their favorite events.”
- Vet Veggies created by Jerry Martin and Darryl Hill, two Vietnam veterans. Vet Veggies is a new concept in fresh vegetables that “helps veterans start their sustainable vegetable business using Freight Farms, freight cars retrofitted to become environmentally controlled hydroponic farms. Vet Veggies enables veterans to start farming for under $100,000 just about anywhere there is 400 square feet of space.”