April 18, 2019

IRONBOUND Boxing, One of GI Go Fund’s Newest Veteran Incubated Businesses, Wins the Veteran Small Business Grant Grand Prize of $25,000 from StreetShares at the Bourbiz MGM National Harbor Veteran/Milspouse Resource Event

Cash Grant part of a pitch competition for Veteran Small Businesses Powered by Victor 12 and Black Rifle Coffee Company; IRONBOUND Boxing is among the first veteran-owned businesses of Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center, sponsored by Prudential, Panasonic, PSEG, and Kessler Foundation; Grant competition part of larger networking event for hundreds of veterans and military spouses in the DC area, sponsored by the GCO Consulting Group and JobPath

Mike Steadman (2nd from right) of IRONBOUND Boxing wins $25,000 award from StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Grant at Bourbiz MGM National Harbor Veteran/Milspouse Resource Event

(Oxon Hill, MD) – IRONBOUND Boxing, one of the veteran-owned businesses that is part of the GI Go Fund’s Veteran Incubator Space in Newark, NJ, has just been awarded the Burt Williams Veteran Small Business Grant grand prize of $25,000 from StreetShares at the Bourbiz MGM National Harbor Veteran/Milspouse Resource Event.

The company is a terrific veteran-owned business located in Newark, NJ that offers on-site boxing classes to corporations of all sizes in order to improve the participants' self-confidence, morale, and health. The company was founded by CEO Mike Steadman, who is also a three-time National Collegiate Boxing Champion from the U.S. Naval Academy and Afghanistan veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The award was provided by the StreetShares Foundation, which is committed to creating more opportunities for military veteran entrepreneurs. The grant program allows us to boost veteran small businesses in a big way by providing opportunities for access to capital.

IRONBOUND is just one of several other veteran-owned businesses that is part of the GI Go Fund’s Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center in Newark, NJ. Sponsored by Prudential, Panasonic, PSEG, and Kessler Foundation, this space the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey. The Center provides veterans with the only incubator space for veteran entrepreneurs to grow their small businesses in the state as well as job training to help improve their corporate skills.

Among the main goals of the Veterans Center is to give veteran entrepreneurs the environment to springboard their businesses through networking with major companies and discovering financial opportunities. Thanks to this award, GI Go is proud to have achieved such success in just a few short months since the Center opened in December of 2018.

Select shots from Bourbiz MGM National Harbor Veteran/Milspouse Resource Event, which featured hundreds of current and former military personnel and their spouses networking and connecting to providers. Event hosted by GCO Consulting, and sponsored by JobPath

The Grant competition was part of the larger Bourbiz MGM National Harbor Veteran/Milspouse Resource Event networking event for over 800 veterans and military spouses in the DC area, most of whom are post 9/11 veterans. The event offered a host of resources, including meet-up stations throughout the venue which provided expert resources for all attendees for topics ranging from resume and interview skill improvement to a session on access to capital.

The event was organized by the GCO Consulting Group, and featured several sponsors. Among those sponsors was JobPath, the technology based employment company that is connecting employers and veterans through strong data and powerful candidate matching technology. And with HR Tools ranging from job posting and candidate searching to e-learning and candidate matching, JobPath’s online platform makes it easy for companies to identify, reach, and hire veterans with the specific skills they’re looking for.

Congratulations to Mike Steadman and IROBOUND Boxing for winning the StreetShares prize. We look forward to seeing your company grow, as well as the many other incubated small businesses currently working out of our Veterans Center in Newark, NJ.