Happy 4th of July! | Independence Day Celebrates the Entrepreneurial Pursuit of Happiness

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Region VI - South Central Region  - July 3, 2019

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* The American Spirit of Courage & Sacrifice Rings True in Entrepreneurs *

Gnarly Barley Owners Zac and Cari Caramonta

Louisiana entrepreneurs Zac and Cari Caramonta, owners of Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, took off on an adventure of a lifetime, chasing the American dream, and turning a passion into a profession.

Independence Day Celebrates the Entrepreneurial Pursuit of Happiness

South Central Regional Administrator Justin Crossie

By Justin Crossie, Regional Administrator

Like the dreams of successful entrepreneurs, the birth of America began as an idea stirring in the minds of our founding fathers.  They were seeking freedom and the opportunity to forge their own path and to create their own destiny.  On Independence Day we celebrate their sacrifice and determination to build a unique country where people have the right to pursue happiness and live the American dream of owning their own business. 

In 2014, Louisiana entrepreneurs Zac and Cari Caramonta took off on an adventure of a lifetime chasing their American dream. They began brewing unique beer in their garage. Encouraged by friends and family and with some assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, they turned a passion into a profession. Today craft brew fans from across Louisiana can’t seem to get enough of Gnarly Barley Brewing Company.  Among 7,000 microbrewers nationwide, Gnarly Barley is ranked as the 35th fastest-growing brewery in the United States, by the Brewers Association.

Jae Kim owner of Chi’lantro BBQ and RA Justin Crossie

Texas entrepreneur Jae Kim embodies the American dream. He immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with his single mother and younger sister.  After college, he launched several small businesses without success.  Undaunted, he preserved and worked even harder.  Today Jae is the owner of Chi’lantro BBQ with several locations throughout the Austin area.  His is an inspiring story of an immigrant to America who believed in his vision of the American dream and fought to make it a reality. 

Starting and managing a business can be an overwhelming task. It takes passion, courage and talent. But it also takes knowledge, research and planning. The SBA is a Cabinet-level federal agency with a mission to help turn dreams into realities.

We all want to succeed. Why not increase your chances for success by taking time to explore and evaluate your commercial and personal goals? The SBA’s free online Business Plan Tool, found at https://www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1, will walk you through important issues that you may not have considered as you develop your business road map.

Your plan will become a valuable tool as you set out to secure funding for your business. It will also provide milestones to help gauge your success. You can save your plan online, update it any time, and download it as a PDF file.

America is built on the belief that any of us can step out and pave our own path to success.  As a country, we possess a creative spirit that says it’s okay to color outside of the lines.  We believe in hard work and sacrifice.  That is the essence of the American entrepreneurial spirit.  That spirit is as alive and well on July 4, 2019 as it was on July 4, 1776.  That is the spirit that makes America great.

The Declaration of Independence reminds us that all people are created equal with God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America’s Independence Day is a day to recognize all that makes our country great and unique in the world.

God bless America and the American entrepreneurs who carry forward the dreams of our founding fathers.

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