Emily McMahan, Executive Director
1. What is your mission and vision?
Capitol Post is a 501(c)(3) organization that teaches military veterans and their spouses how to think and act like entrepreneurs, to the benefit of their own businesses or their employer’s. Capitol Post provides the coaching, business acceleration programs and network, and office space to test, derisk, and achieve their goals. As the hub of the veteran business community in the great Washington DC region, Capitol Post is also the home of Bunker Labs DC, a national 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation.
2. How does your organization achieve its mission?
How We Do What We Do: Programs, Network Events, and Co-Working/Meeting Space.
Programs. Our Founders Program focuses on starting a business with peer networks, subject-matter experts, accountability, and training through education/validation and networks/exposure. Our Founders Program also manages the local Bunker Labs DC chapter and comprises the following:
Events. Creating the atmosphere for veterans to get feedback and develop relationships with DMV business community through events and activities.
Space (Co-Working & Meeting).
Our 4k square foot modern coworking space in Alexandria, Virginia serves as the hub for the veteran business community here in DC.
3. How have your programs directly impacted the regional community?
In 2017, Capitol Post has:
4. What inspires or drives your team to stay committed to your mission?
There are over 300,000 veterans living in the Washington DC region, with Alexandria and Arlington, VA being ranked as the 1st and 2nd best cities for veterans to live in the U.S. After World War II, 49 percent of veterans went on to start and own their own businesses, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Today, 25 percent of active duty service members express an interest in starting and owning their own business, yet only 4.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans have started a business. The skills and work ethic developed in the military translates exceptionally well into entrepreneurship. We are excited to see the companies that come through our programs succeed and flourish and we are driven by the 20%+ of veterans still out there looking to start a business but not knowing where or how to begin.
5. What advice would you give to other nonprofits trying to make an impact in their community?
Seek out supporters in your network. You can never get too much feedback or advice. Keep testing and working your organization to see what ultimately fits the need of those you are serving.