SBA Awards $75,000 to Dog Tag Inc.

The  U.S. Small Business Administration announced $75,000 in grant funding to Dog Tag Inc. to empower service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers through our innovative business and entrepreneurship-focused fellowship program. 

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, supports each organization’s programs for service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses. Each awardee was chosen based on their demonstrated history of and commitment to providing training programs and resources to service-disabled veterans.

“Service-disabled veteran small business owners bring a unique and valued skill set to entrepreneurship,” said SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “Funding these organizations involved in helping service-disabled veterans establish successful businesses will go a long way toward securing the future for these veterans and their families.” 

In addition to Dog Tag Inc., the three other awardees include:

  • Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma): Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) - $75,000. VEP opens the door to small business ownership by developing skills needed to create and sustaining a business, while coordinating the offering of additional programs and services for service-disabled veterans.

  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York): Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) - $100,000. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Syracuse University combines entrepreneurial education with hands-on experience. The program curriculum is designed to take service-disabled veterans through the stages of venture creation, while providing the training, professional networks and support necessary to successfully launch a business. 

The SBA will celebrate service-disabled veterans, as well as all-era veterans, service members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week from November 4 to 8, 2019.


SBA district offices and resource partners will host events nationwide connecting current and aspiring veteran business owners to entrepreneurship resources.  Celebrate NVSBW by visiting


To learn more about the SBA’s small business startup and expansion resources for veterans, visit

Dog Tag Inc. Welcomes Newman's Own Foundation Fellow


Newman’s Own Foundation 2019-2020 Fellowship Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Dog Tag Inc. is pleased to welcome Frances Raybaud, Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow. Frances will work as a Storyteller at Dog Tag for the next year, helping us to gather and share the incredible stories of our Fellows and alumni with a wide audience. 

Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman, is now in its 5th year of its Fellowship Program. The Newman’s Own Fellowship program places considerable emphasis on mentoring and training emerging young leaders by providing opportunities in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The program includes an in-person and virtual professional development and leadership program designed in conjunction with nonprofit and philanthropic professionals and experts.

Dog Tag Inc. is excited to bring in a recent college graduate to our organization who can help bring a new perspective to our work and mission. We are thankful to Newman’s Own Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to host a Newman's Own Fellow. We are so grateful for their longtime support of our mission, and are proud to be part of Newman’s Own Foundation’s commitment to empowering veterans. 

Learn more about our partnership from Newman's Own Foundation's Managing Director Kelly Giordano:

Fort Lee Federal Credit Union's Partnership with Dog Tag Inc. Featured on "Virginia Today"

Fort Lee Federal Credit Union (FLFCU) commitment to supporting veterans as they begin their ‘second lives’ transitioning to the civilian workforce was featured on “Virginia Today”! FLFCU, who generously donated a vehicle to help Dog Tag Bakery’s catering department increase their capacity, spoke how they support Dog Tag’s mission and the missions of other veteran non-profits to help veterans find meaning and gainful employment post-service. We’re so grateful to partner with FLFCU in support of our veterans and military families! Watch the segment on Virginia Today here.

First Data Highlights Dog Tag Fellowship Program in "First Data Download"

First Data highlighted Dog Tag Bakery’s living business school for veterans and military families in their First Data Download series. We're so grateful for our partnership with First Data and their commitment to supporting veteran and military communities–-including not just our organization and mission, but also through initiatives like their #FDSalutes military programming, which provides veteran business owners with a free Clover device (including veteran entrepreneur graduates of our fellowship program).

Watch the video below!

Dog Tag Bakery Mentioned in Bloomberg Article on Rise of Charitable Restaurants

Dog Tag Bakery was mentioned in “Dine Out, Do Good,” a Bloomberg article discussing the growing prevalence of charitable restaurants in today’s food scene. Our program's partnership with Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies provides a living business school for veterans and military families, using what Bloomberg calls a "dine out, do good" model to help them find purpose and fulfillment in their post-service lives. Read the full article here.

Dog Tag Inc. Wins U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes Award

Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) received the Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award at the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards. DTI won for our demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded, ill, and injured veterans as well as military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment. Read more about the 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards here.

Dog Tag Inc. Named Finalist for U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards



Contact: Andrea Hutchins (571) 458-6296

Dog Tag Inc. Named Finalist for U.S. Chamber Foundation’s

8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards

Recipients Will Be Recognized at Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that Dog Tag Inc. is a finalist for the 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award. Dog Tag Inc. is among 24 finalists nominated for an award for demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment.

“The individuals and organizations recognized as finalists for this year’s awards exemplify what it means to be not just military friendly, but military ready,” said Eric Eversole, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “These organizations have raised the bar across industries and across the country, implementing innovative approaches to recruit, hire, and retain veteran and military spouse talent.”

The Hiring Our Heroes awards are given in six categories: Veteran and Military Spouse Employment; Post-9/11 Veteran Employment; Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment; Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring; Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment; and Individual Leadership. This year’s finalists are:
Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award, for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in the private sector: Capital One; CarMax; Deloitte; Werner Enterprises

Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award, for effective and sustained efforts to enhance the ability of post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members to find meaningful employment: Amazon; Boeing; Cushman & Wakefield; UPS

Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award, for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded, ill, and injured veterans as well as military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment: Dog Tag Inc.; PyschArmor, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award, for demonstrated hiring, mentorship, and support of military spouses in their search for meaningful employment: Bank of America; Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Foundation; WWC

Small Business Award for Veteran and Military Spouse Employment, for demonstrated leadership by a small business or organization (less than 500 employees) in hiring veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses: Flags of Valor; Operation Gratitude; R.Riveter; She Swank Marketplace

Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment, for an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses: Danny Chung, Chief of Staff and Business Manager for Military Affairs at Microsoft; Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO at PsychArmor; Sean Kelly, Director of Talent Acquisition for Worldwide Operations at Amazon; Tom Downs, Senior Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition, Capital One

The winners in each category will be announced during the 8th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala, presented by USAA, at the U.S. Chamber on November 14, 2018.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,100 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.            @HiringOurHeroes 


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Cohort 8 DTI Fellow Gabriela Bell Featured on The Medium

Cohort 8 Fellow Gabriela Bell was recently featured in The Medium! Gabi is an Air Force military spouse interesting in starting her own non-profit to help military families. Learn more about Gabi and other Cohort 8 Fellows here.

Read Gabi’s feature in The Medium here!

DTI Alum Pete Scott's Non-Profit Fields 4 Valor Featured on WUSA9

Fields 4 Valor, a 501c3 non-profit founded by DTI Alum Pete Scott, was recently featured on WUSA9. Pete founded Fields 4 Valor (F4V) while enrolled in the Dog Tag Fellowship with the intent that no veteran or their family should go hungry. His farm grows food which feeds veteran and military families, giving away everything from tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, honey and more.

Read more about Fields 4 Valor here.

NBC Washington's Tommy McFly Features Dog Tag Fellowship Program and Starbuck's Brownie In Honor of National Military Appreciation Month

NBC Washington's Tommy McFly recently spoke with CEO Meghan Ogilvie and Cohort 7 Fellow Alisha Mason about the Dog Tag Fellowship program, our Starbuck's Dog Tag Brownie, and more in honor of May being National Military Appreciation Month.

Watch the clip on NBC here.

Fellows Jacquelyn and Stephen Tell their Story (VIDEO)

A few weeks ago, Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. staff, fellows and alumni had the pleasure of sitting down with Linda Dahlstrom and Joshua Trujillo from Starbucks Newsroom to tell their story. 

Inspired by what he heard, Josh, created this beautiful video that showcases two of our current fellows: Navy Veteran Jacquelyn Dyer and Air Force Veteran Stephen King.  Their story is one of inspiration, hope, and the benefit of being a part of the Dog Tag community.

Thank you to Starbucks Newsroom for capturing the essence of the mission of Dog Tag in such a powerful video. 

Dog Tag Bakery Brownie Launches at Starbucks!



Georgetown’s favorite pastry destination, Dog Tag Bakery, will launch the Dog Tag Bakery Brownie on May 1, 2018 at Starbucks locations nationwide in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. This brownie is a delicious twist on Dog Tag Bakery’s classic recipe, topped with a salted potato chip crumble, and will be available in over 8,000+ participating Starbucks locations nationwide starting May 1, 2018 until June 4, 2018 (or while supplies last).

Inspired by a shared commitment to helping our veterans and military families, Dog Tag Bakery developed this special limited-edition brownie for Starbucks customers to help raise awareness for veteran causes. Dog Tag Bakery’s entrepreneurial fellowship program combines education with hands-on experience to create a living business school, to build a bridge to employment and to help veterans, military spouses and caregivers find fulfillment in their professional and personal lives. To learn more about Dog Tag Bakery’s program, please visit

Together we’re #BakingADifference in the lives of our veterans and military families.

Product Name: Dog Tag Bakery Brownie. The packaging will state “Salted Potato Chip Crusted Brownie”
Unit Price: $3.95
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Availability: Available in over 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide
PR Contact: Meghan Ogilvie / 202.527.9388 / and Hilla Narov / 212.995.1833 /

DTI Fellowship Professor Doug McCabe Wins 2018 Magis Medal from Alpha Sigma Nu

Georgetown professor and longtime DTI Fellowship instructor Dr. Douglas McCabe won the 2018 Magis Medal from Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Dr. McCabe, who teaches Principles of Management and Business Policy in Dog Tag Fellowship program through their partnership with Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies, was awarded the Magis Medal for his exemplary record of service in social justice advocacy and involvement with Dog Tag's program. This is Dr. McCabe's second award for his work with Dog Tag; in 2016 he won the Service Leadership Award from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.