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Veterans can network with local entrepreneurs through Bunker Labs

Veterans in Charlotte this Thursday have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs at a networking event. This photo shows a ceremony in Kannapolis honoring verterans this past May.
Veterans in Charlotte this Thursday have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs at a networking event. This photo shows a ceremony in Kannapolis honoring verterans this past May. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Veterans in Charlotte this Thursday have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs in the community and learn how to start their own businesses.

Founded in 2014, Bunker Labs, a non-profit organization that aims to help veterans with business resources, is hosting a networking event for veterans in uptown Charlotte.

The event will be held at 3325 S. Tryon St. from 4-7 p.m. The organization has 16 chapters nationally, and this is its first event in Charlotte.

A veteran himself, Dean Bundschu, excecutive director at Bunker Labs Raleigh-Durham, said he hopes the event can “plug veterans into the greater entrepreneur community and connect them with other veterans.”

“Time and time again, veterans said they lack networks and mentors,” Bundschu said. He said most of the startups founded by veterans are in the category of mainstream businesses including barbershops, coffee shops and breweries.

At the event, participants can also join a panel of like-minded professionals to discuss and learn about opportunities and resources to launch a business.

The panel features speakers from various industries and diverse backgrounds, including Keith Luedeman, CEO and founder of GoodMortgage.com; Ron Fisher, business development officer in the Southwest region of Carolina Small Business Development Fund; and Fran Perez-Wilhite, business development specialist with the NC Military Business Center.

You can register the event for free here.

Wei Zhou: 704-358-5240

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