SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

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Release Date: April 25, 2022

Release Number: 22-04

 

 

Contact: brent.donnelly@sba.gov

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SBA Names 2022 Montana Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

 

WASHINGTON – Today, SBA Montana District Director, Brent Donnelly, announced Anthem Snacks of Gallatin Gateway, MT, owned by Nate Kouhana, has been named SBA’s 2022 Montana Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Anthem Snacks is a premium, service disabled Veteran-owned meat snack company founded by former Green Beret Nate Kouhana.  Founded less than two years ago, Anthem is rapidly growing in popularity and sales, which have skyrocketed from $70,000 in 2020, to over $1 million in 2021.

Anthem’s snack jerky is hand-crafted in small batches and made with solid pieces of 100% premium beef.  It maintains its mouthwatering flavor and tenderness by using simple ingredients, slowly marinated, and cooked to perfection using real wood smoke.  Anthem is fuel to the fires of adventure and to the spirit of patriotism.  Anthem’s meat snacks provide the ammunition needed to pursue any endeavor.

“It is a privilege to honor Nate, not only for his service to America, but for his contributions to Montana’s economy,” said Montana SBA District Director Brent Donnelly.  “His selfless commitment to giving back and honoring those that serve is testament to his true character,” Donnelly added.

Each year, the Montana SBA District Office recognizes a business that is at least 51% owned by a Veteran with a successful track record and a commitment to strengthening Veteran-owned businesses within the community.  Anthem is committed to raising awareness and supporting charitable initiatives for those that serve. Ten percent of all profits go to Veteran and first responder non-profit organizations that align with Anthem’s values. Non-profit partners in Montana include Big Sky Bravery, Warriors and Quiet Waters, and Heroes and Horses. “Our mission is to provide protein snacks to hard-working Americans, while recognizing those that make freedom possible,” said Kouhana.

Nate has also volunteered as a guest speaker for Montana Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship training events hosted by the Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center and Bunker Labs-Bozeman.

Anthem Snacks was nominated by Dustin Frost, Director of the Montana Veteran’s Business Outreach Center.  “As a US Army Special Forces Soldier, Nate’s service to our country was exemplary”, said Dustin Frost, Director of the Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center.  “His commitment and dedication to service has directly translated into the success of Anthem Snacks. He is an example for Veterans across the state of Montana, showcasing a pathway for success from service to small business ownership. This recognition as Montana’s Veteran-Owned Small Business of the year is well-deserved.” 

SBA will present an award to honor Nate and Anthem Snack on Wednesday, May 4th. The event will be hosted by Big Sky Bravery, a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides our military’s active duty special operations forces with post-deployment decompression programs throughout Montana.

About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.     

 Co-sponsorship Authorization# 22-1-C. The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.