5 Minutes With Celeste Everett CEO of The Vegan Warriors

Why do you think veteran’s make outstanding entrepreneurs? How do you transition from the service to the world of business?

Veterans make outstanding entrepreneurs due to the values we learned in the military. For example, teamwork is one of the principles we practice within the military. Many people from all over the nation come together as a team to complete a mission effectively. As an entrepreneur, you need partners that believe in your business and help you move it forward.
Transitioning from the service to the world of business wasn’t too complicated. For me, the idea of starting my business was something always on my mind. I thought of several companies to begin before I accepted to start in the technology industry. Once I decided on what I wanted to do, I start researching and aligning myself with business minded people. Then, I completed the paperwork required to open my business. Immediately, I began providing services to local clients.

What inspired you to become a Vetrepreneur?

My inspiration for me becoming a Vetrepreneur stemmed from my childhood experiences. My dad worked a full-time job, and he was a freelance photographer too. I saw how he ran his photography business. I was involved with helping him as being his model and assisting as needed. Hence, there are many photos of me as I grew up. Also, my dad would drive me around my hometown of Folkston, GA to family members who own their businesses. They had successful restaurants, gas stations, and other business ventures. As I observed this as a child, it inspired me to want enterprises of my own. Also, my maternal grandmother had several businesses. She taught me a financial aspect of her company.

Who or what has influenced you most in your journey?

My dad, James Everett, influenced me the most on my journey. Seeing my dad evolve as an entrepreneur was impressive to me. Whenever I need advice on anything business related, he would guide me. Since day one, he has been very supportive of me being a Vetrepreneur. I recalled he bought my first set of business cards. It was something he wanted to do for me. It revealed to me that he cared about my business, and he wanted to see me succeed.
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Jeff Shuford is a nationally syndicated columnist, award-winning technology expert, and a decorated Iraq War Veteran. Shuford became one of the youngest nationally syndicated writers in America at age 30 and contributes articles that reach 1.4 million newspaper subscribers in 44 regions weekly. A regular contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Huffington Post, Shuford's passion for producing captivating content extends far past his columns in prestigious publications. Shuford's Forbes article titled “Nine Unique Ways To Brand Yourself As A Thought Leader,” was named by LinkedIn Business as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Articles Among Recruiters in 2017. In addition to Shuford's LinkedIn Business honor, his piece was also named as an Editors Pick and the most viewed and shared article from the Forbes Coaches Council of 2017. Bestowed the Community of Heroes Award by the DAV, Shuford's innovative leadership and passion for helping veterans led his company also to be named the Best Veteran Tech Startup of 2016 by The Huffington Post. In addition to that honor, the Huffington Post later named Shuford number one on the list of the Top 5 Emerging Veteran Tech Founders of 2017. Shuford's dedication to STEM is evident in his technological achievements. Shuford also recently led his technology company to win a 2017 BizTech Award presented by The Jacksonville Business Journal for their work developing, deploying, and successfully marketing the self-funded Vets 22 app. Considered an expert thought leader and influencer in public relations Shuford has also positioned his brands to be featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Forbes Sports Money, NFL Network, The Jacksonville Business Journal, The Huffington Post, ForbesCouncils, WJCT, WJXT, and Entrepreneur Magazine among others. Shuford served with the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07 and earned a Combat Action Badge for his heroic efforts at age 19.