Entrepreneurship has always been a challenging and rewarding journey, but it can be even more difficult for members of underrepresented communities. That’s why Bunker Labs, created Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program to provide resources, mentorship, and community to minority veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.

We are thrilled to welcome 108 Black, Asian, Latinx, and female entrepreneurs from across the United States. These entrepreneurs are joining a community of passionate and innovative individuals who are breaking down barriers and creating solutions to today’s business problems.

Join us as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurship, and welcome the newest members of Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program cohort 23B. Learn more about each entrepreneur here.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs

  • Raya Arbiol, Raya Enterprises LLC: Thrive2 Consulting 
  • Richard Bergstrom, AERO AI 
  • Adam Bilyeu, The Bridges Between Us 
  • Orlando Gonzalez, TrailBlazer6 LLC 
  • Margaret Jacobson, Margaret Jacobson Art 
  • Arcadio Lacayanga, Magnetrics Energy Solutions 
  • Don Nguyen, Managed Security Services Provider 
  • Samuel Oh, Gold Cloud Coffee, LLC 
  • Jariyaporn Uttayaya-Andrews, Zenergy Health & Performance 
  • Alexander Varela, VetGuide AI 
  • Maka Vickers, NexGen Plant Based 
  • James Villar, Midwest Home Physicians 

Black Entrepreneurs

  • Andrea Asendio, Accountable Crew 
  • Ken Barber, Post Marketplace Wine Merchants 
  • James Edward Becton, The Becton, International Black Theater & Arts Consortium, LLC 
  • Latrice Brenson, Team Trinity Fitness 
  • Tyrone Brunson, Zanishty Medical Transportation Company LLC. 
  • Carmen Carter, Carter Realty Group 
  • Latoya Clark, Maylon Media 
  • Detashia Coleman, Launching Winners 
  • Rodney Daniels, The Resilient Gentleman 
  • Drew Davis, BrewFoodVA, LLC 
  • Lateefa Dawkins, Genie Dawkins dba The Parenting Cipher 
  • Travis Dozier, T. Dozier Consulting 
  • Mark George, H3 Heroes Helping Heroes 4Life 
  • Wilhemina Gibson, Ye 
  • Russell Glover, Vendelations Telehealth Bathrooms, LLC 
  • Nyota Gordon, Transition365 Properties 
  • Julian Gudger, 8 Plates Fitness LLC 
  • Carmen Hatch, Vision Inspired Coaching 
  • Isaiah Herbin-Vann, EcoTech 
  • Carlton James, Providr LLC 
  • Shirley Johnson Johnson, Prehemium, LLC 
  • Donel King, SeaMossNashville 
  • Heather Lewis, Dr. Heather Knows, Inc. 
  • Jermaine Louis, JazzMaine Logistics LLC 
  • Monica Martin, Genesis Champions 
  • Tanisha Medina, Speaklifehealup 
  • Douglas Millsaps, Kwality1 Designs LLC 
  • Alajuwon Norman, LiveMail, Inc. 
  • Stephanie Robinson, SNS Consulting, LLC 
  • Kvon Smith, Capital 3 
  • Tracey Spruill, Aloe + Coal 
  • Shannon Sutton Myers, Curbz 
  • John Thomas, VendorCall 
  • Shaneece Thompson, Kai Blends 
  • Edward Wiggins, Orbis Novitas Solutions, Inc. 
  • Priestley Williams, Vein Entertainment 
  • Jason Wilson, J. R. Wilson Transportation Services 
  • Jevon Wooden, Live Not Loathe 

Female Entrepreneurs

  • Carrie Beavers, Soldier Girl Coffee Co. 
  • Jennifer Calhoun, G.I. Junk Removal 
  • Angela Cody-Rouget, Major Organizers 
  • Angelica Collazo, Carmen’s Latin American Soul Food 
  • Lercia Collins, S.H.I.’ Management 
  • Krystalore Crews, Crews Beyond Limits Consulting 
  • Alicia Fasse, Alicia Fasse Photography 
  • Morgan Goettge, Oak Arbor Media 
  • Nicolette Gott, Happy Camper Creamery 
  • Robyn Grable, Talents ASCEND 
  • Piper Hill, Healing4Heroes 
  • Karen Hines, Southern Anesthesia Seminars 
  • KD Isaacs Isaacs, Golden I Resort Wear 
  • Chelsie Kennedy, E@L 
  • Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, Defy Nutrition 
  • Debbee Lynn, Jellyfish Flow LLC 
  • Melissa McDonald, The Smart PM 
  • Leydy Munoz, Accounting/Consulting 
  • Marqueta Oliver, Oliver Davis Consulting 
  • Debra Phelps, Xtreme Realities 
  • Huma Pierce, LuckyandLoyal.com 
  • Nina Pinidi, Solime Royal Hair 
  • Kala Rachal, Ore Ra Wellness Studio 
  • Nicole Robinson-Whitehead, CMR Bookkeeping Services 
  • Elizabeth Saunders, Respondex Global 
  • LaTonya Sherrod, Elite Staffing Network LLC 
  • Kelsey Shields, Homegrown Beauty 
  • Uguanda Simpson, Piture That Houston 
  • Steph Strine, reSSil 
  • Crystal Turman, Wellspring Counseling Services, LLC 
  • Melanie Vernoia, Stacker Media 
  • Darlene  Williams-Prades, Superior Love Forever 
  • Rebecca Wilson, Riveting Wellness Cosmetic Solutions and Training Institute LLC 
  • Toniqua Womack, B Natural E Apothecary, LLC 

Hispanic & Latinx Entrepreneurs

  • Enrique Acosta Gonzalez, Coaching 
  • Cecil Banuelos, Dog and Pony Apparel Co 
  • Glomani Bravo-Lopez, Glomani Consulting LLC 
  • Douglas Encarnacion, DAE Management Services LLC 
  • Maritza Flores Klinefelter, Law Office of Maritza F. Klinefelter 
  • Gregory Garcia, A Wong Fencing 
  • Christian Garrido, Veteran Entertainment Network 
  • Juventino Gaytan, JGTaxPro 
  • Manuel Lara, WorkShift 
  • Mycal Lopez, Genie Sports 
  • Cindy López-Chastain, Linguistic Connection Inc. 
  • Mario Lujan, Lukitel Inc 
  • Reginald Maisonneuve, Aegis LLC 
  • Charles Masters Rodriguez, MK3 Industries 
  • Bernard Mendez, Interco.ai 
  • ERIKA Mendoza-Montez, Lotus Craft Co TX 
  • Dania Najafi, AutiShop LLC. 
  • Dori Rivera, Bonita Bags 
  • Ana Robinson, The Robinson Authors 
  • Edward Rodriguez, Field Day Cleaning LLC 
  • Roberto Salgado, Tuzeero LLC 
  • Will Sokolowski, South Fulton Music 
  • Jaime Velez, Cloudtivity 
  • William Lebron, Beauty Lebron LLC 

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship Program

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship is an 8-week virtual program that facilitates business growth and support within Asian, Black, Latinx, and female veteran and military spouse communities. The program is designed to create an immediate impact for early to growth-stage businesses by providing access to business tools, resources, capital opportunities, mentorship, and a stronger peer network. Learn more about the program or fill out an interest form for future application windows here. A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this program possible: J.P. Morgan, PwC Charitable Foundation, General Motors, eBay Foundation, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, ADP, Comcast Military.

Bunker Labs is Now Part of IVMF

As of January 2024, Bunker Labs is now a part of Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). In addition to ongoing Bunker Labs programming, we’d encourage you to browse IVMF’s deep wealth of entrepreneurship programming, much of it available virtually or at locations across the country. Find the program to help your business take the next step today!