Bunker Labs not only supports veterans interested in becoming entrepreneurs, but it also helps military family members and spouses interested in becoming entrepreneurs. (Image: MGNOnline)

A local nonprofit, called Bunker Labs, which aims to empower the veteran community to become better entrepreneurs, is hosting a series of upcoming events.

“What we are attempting to do in Chattanooga primarily through our Bunker Brews events is to bring together veteran entrepreneurs, military family members who inspire to be entrepreneurs and bring them together with leaders in the community who want to support their efforts,” Bunker Labs Chattanooga chapter leader and former Marine Dan Gilmore said.

The next event in the series, called Bunker Brews, is slated for July 23 at The Beer Market and Beer Garden at 1510 Riverside Drive.

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The event is a chance for interested veterans and family members of veterans to hear from guest speaker Chris Cummings, CEO and Founder of Pass It Down.

“Our theme will be how to grow your dream beyond your first attempt at it,” Gilmore said.

Cummings will discuss ways to scale your business and will also be answering questions.

Bunker Labs not only supports veterans interested in becoming entrepreneurs, but it also helps military family members and spouses interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

“It’s a nonprofit that is headquartered in Chicago,” City Leader of the Chattanooga chapter and former Marine Dan Gilmore said. “It has multiple city chapters around the country and each of those chapters has a paid staff as well as volunteers.”

Tennessee’s formal chapter is in Nashville.

The nonprofit can help veteran entrepreneurs through mentoring, helping to provide financing or coaching, Gilmore said.

Bunker Brews is a chance to know more about the organization and is free to attend.

Chris Calhoun, owner of The Brew Market and Beer Garden and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj., will be brewing a special beer, Bombshell Bunker Blonde, at the event, which will be catered by Mission BBQ.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 23.

After the July event, the next one is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Savannah Bennett is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC where she is a feature writer for the student newspaper, The University Echo. She is a double major in communications and English. Savannah was also a participant in the Disney College Program during the fall of 2017.

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