by Emily Núñez Cavness
Editor’s Note: At Havok Journal, we love supporting veteran entrepreneurs, especially ones that give back to the veteran community. When we heard that veteran-owned small business Sword & Plough had a shot at winning airtime at this year’s Big Game, we knew we had to find a way we could help. Not only do they make great products from re-purposed military gear, they also contribute 10% of their profits to veterans causes and offer a 20% discount to veterans and active duty military. This is definitely a business model we can get behind. We got in contact with Emily Núñez Cavness, vetrepreneur co-founder of Sword & Plough, and she sent us the below article. Give it a read, and if like what you see, go to Intuit’s Small Biz Big Game competition and give Sword & Plough your vote. We did. You can check out Sword & Plough’s website for more information, and you can also see their spread in Southwest Airlines Magazine.
When I was a senior at Middlebury College and an Army ROTC cadet at UVM, my sister Betsy and I started a social enterprise called Sword & Plough. Our mission is to empower Veteran employment, strengthen civil-military relations and reduce waste. Our business model is based on working with Veterans to re-purpose military surplus material into fashionable bags. We also donate 10% of our profits to Veteran organizations such as Got Your 6.
The reason we really need your help is because we are one of ten finalists for Intuit’s Small Biz Big Game competition with the chance to win a commercial during Football’s Biggest Game on February 7, 2016!
Sword & Plough is the only Veteran-owned company among the finalists and this would be an incredible way to spread our mission to over 100 million people. We have some tough competition, but if we can get the military and Veteran community to rally behind us, I think we’ll stand a good chance at winning the commercial!