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Nonprofit visits vets’ businesses

Startup Alleghenies plans to support veterans on Veterans Day.

Since launching in June 2017, the nonprofit has registered more than 450 entrepreneurs from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

Startup Alleghenies will be acknowledging veteran-owned business by touring the Southern Alleghenies region and live-streaming visits to veterans who have started or are currently starting businesses.

Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurial coaches will be interviewing veteran-entrepreneurs about their service, their businesses and how the skills they learned in the military helped them on the path toward success.

“Many veterans are doing amazing things after their service, and we want to celebrate that,” Andrew Trexler, Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurial coach for Bedford County, said in a statement.

People can watch the livestreams on Startup Alleghenies’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/startupalleghenies.

“Veterans make a significant impact on the economy as owners of their own businesses,” Debbi Prosser, director business-development, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, said in a statement. “Right now, our entrepreneur coaches are working with 11 veterans who are starting businesses in areas as diverse as transportation, software, fitness, food and hospitality and the development of a safety device for law enforcement. It’s possible that other entrepreneurs in our ecosystem also are veterans, but haven’t yet let us know about their military service. We hope they will reach out since we’re here to help.”

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