Campaign inspires local veterans to start businesses

Part of 'Muster Across Wisconsin' tour

Campaign inspires local veterans to...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A statewide campaign stopped in La Crosse today to inspire veterans to create small businesses.

'Muster Across Wisconsin' is a movement to get veterans in the state creating their own businesses. Bunker Labs, partnering with the Wisconsin Technology Council and UW Extension Small Business Development Centers, is hosting events to help veterans become entrepreneurs.

Wednesday’s event at La Crosse's Waterfront Restaurant includes a workshop by the UW Extension office, one-on-one networking opportunities, and a keynote speech from veteran and LHI CEO Don Weber.

Bunker Labs leaders say many veterans want to become entrepreneurs.

"After World War II 49-percent of veterans went on to start or own a business. After the Korean War it was 40-percent. Today, 25-percent of veterans want to, but only 6-percent of them will. So our mission is to really step into that divide and help them create more businesses,” said Bunker Labs Executive Director Michael Ertmer.

Bunker Labs officials say the 'Muster Across Wisconsin' tour could help create hundreds of veteran-owned businesses each year.

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