The Global Good Fund + Smithfield Support Veterans
Providing Leadership Development to Veteran Business Owners in Partnership with Smithfield Foods
MISSION & PURPOSE
The Global Good Fund supports United States Veterans through it's partnership with The Smithfield Foundation, philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc. Through a $400,000 capital investment from Smithfield, The Global Good Fund is able to provide it's flagship year-long leadership development program to veteran entrepreneurs. These innovators are focused on giving back to their communities, creating sustainable jobs and supporting veterans and their families.
The Global Good Fund develops the leadership skills of veteran innovators by pairing them with professional leadership coaches and business executive mentors, along with leadership assesment resources, a global peer network, sector expertise and $10,000 in targeted funding.
Our Veteran Entrepreneurs
Laura Renner is the founder of Freedom Makers Virtual Assistant Services which provides virtual assistant services to small business owners, with the services performed by military spouses. Freedom Makers offers exceptional service to two audiences: business owners who need help managing their bookkeeping, marketing, and client communications (and more) and military spouses who lack other work opportunities that are as mobile as they are. She developed this idea after coming across many small business owners who needed super part-time help and understading first hand how military spouses struggle to build careers due to their constant moves. Laura graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor's of Science in English and a minor in Chinese-Mandarin. She served as a Public Affairs officer before leaving the Air Force to earn an International MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Enrique Young is the Founder and CEO of FEBA, Inc. Dba FEBA Security Services, providing armed and unarmed security guard, event staffing and security consulting services to federal, state and commercial clients. With its headquarters in Largo, Maryland, FEBA Security Services is certified as a Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the state of Maryland. Before his current position with FEBA, Inc., Mr. Young honorably served more than 29 years of military service and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recipient, Pentagon inductee 1999. This award is given to a mid-level management officer who demonstrated the highest degree of military leadership amongst all peers nationwide to include overseas. Mr. Young served a host of military assignments as a Military Police Officer both home and abroad to include two combat tours as an embedded trainer, Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2008.
Dustin M. Haggett is Founder and Board Director of Impact Hub Salt Lake. Impact Hub provides Utah’s entrepreneurs, investors, and freelance professionals a dedicated space to connect and co-create ventures that benefit the community and world at large. Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and is part of a larger, global community of more than 20,000 change makers spanning six continents who collaborate on enterprising ideas for a better world. In addition to Dustin’s role at Impact Hub, he serves as Board Director and Vice President at Warrior Rising, a start-up accelerator for US Veterans; serves on the real estate development team at Summit Powder Mountain--working to build a next-generation alpine town and innovation zone; develops partnerships and programming at Summit Institute; and is Founder at Veterans Stand United, an organization that connects active and former military volunteers with human-rights NGOs around the world. Outside of his business endeavors Dustin served in the U.S. Army as a reservist for eight years and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War.