BOZEMAN – Anthem Snacks, an area jerky firm, has been awarded Montana’s Veteran Small Enterprise of the 12 months, by the Montana Small Enterprise Administration.
Nathan Kouhana, the Founder and CEO of Anthem Snacks, joined the navy in 2003, and recollects the second he felt the necessity to serve.
“I used to be finding out overseas in Paris when 9/11 occurred, in order that’s simply ingrained in my reminiscence,” Kouhana mentioned.
In 2009, when Kouhana’s service ended he returned to San Francisco to work at a know-how firm, then left for Chicago to pursue enterprise college. Longing to return to wide-open areas, Kouhana and his spouse got here throughout Montana and determined to name the Treasure State residence.
“There have been three meat processing crops that have been on the market, and from there I began a jerky firm,” Kouhana mentioned.
An organization that has grown to promote jerky, attire, and extra, with 10% of their earnings going to veteran and first responder non-profit organizations.
“There’s a novel perspective from a veteran as a result of they perceive the sacrifices which can be made, however additionally they perceive the associated fee,” Kouhana mentioned, “So my message is identical to everybody, I feel everybody ought to help the veteran neighborhood and provides again the place they will.”
One of many non-profits that anthem donates to is Massive Sky Bravery, a corporation within the Gallatin Valley that gives help for active-duty particular operations forces.
Founder and CEO, Josh McCain describes Kouhana is ‘a hero’ and the way he was the tip of the spear in Particular Operations.
“Beginning a enterprise is the American dream, going it as a veteran, I can’t even comprehend,” McCain mentioned.
Sooner or later, Kouhana hopes to open a brick-and-mortar store for Anthem Snacks.