JUST TAKING A QUICK GLIMPSE at a vetrepreneur’s resume will most likely reveal an incredibly strong-minded personality. Probably, it will also reveal a succession of varied and challenging positions built upon a rock solid foundation – with more than a few career detours along the way. For veterans, the path to becoming a successful business owner sometimes has its own unique set of hurdles and opportunities.

These vetrepreneurs were brave enough to start their own companies, and they ended up a force in contracting.

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Dave Guerra has landed contracts and subcontracts all across the country in the four years since he started Puente Technology LLC, a 15-employee construction and IT company, including the Pentagon, Andrews Air Force Base and Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Ohio — in part thanks to federal incentive programs for veteran-owned businesses that helped him leverage his existing ties to those communities.

Whether you’re cleaning the head on a ship or you’re welding a new structure, you’ve got to give 110 percent.

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