Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized America’s innovative and hard-working entrepreneurs. Small business owners are the foundation of our economy. Not only are they creating two-thirds of new jobs, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. That means that in some shape or form, small businesses touch our lives every day.

Over the last two years, Navy Federal has spotlighted four of our small business owners in hopes that their success stories will inspire you to follow your dreams of owning your own small business!

This year, we’re highlighting another four small business members in celebration of National Small Business Week, which runs from April 30-May 6, 2017. Check out their stories below.


Kona Ice

Dean and Denise Dozier were both in former disaster services before they opened up their Kona Ice franchise in Augusta, Georgia. After working several major disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, Dean and Denise needed a change.

As a way to lighten things up, Dean and Denise decided to open up their own fun little venture. Having started with just one Kona Ice truck three years ago, they’re now proud owners of four!


Crossfit Krypton

Families who work out together stay together – or at least that’s the case for the Smith family.

The Smiths opened Crossfit Krypton back in 2012 after seeing how talented and dedicated their sons were in training other people. What started as their garage hobby eventually evolved into a successful business.

For the Smiths, owning a business and the opportunity to work with their kids every day is more than they could have asked for.


Inland Wharf Brewing Company

Since college, Robert Durant has always had a passion for brewing beer. But when he joined the Navy, deployments and Active Duty service made it difficult for him to keep up with brewing.

Robert’s time in the Navy allowed him to travel all around the world, including Southampton, England, where he fell in love with cask-conditioned beers.

After 23 years of service, Robert was finally was able to get back to brewing and turn his passion into a second career. Serving both cask-conditioned beers and kegged beers, Inland Wharf Brewing Company is an up-and-coming brewery in Murrieta, California.


Pirate’s Cove

John Tillery worked in commercial banking for about 17 years before he became the owner of Pirate’s Cove, a popular seafood restaurant in Chesapeake, Virginia.

John was first introduced to the restaurant business back when he was younger when stepfather opened a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Ever since then, the idea of owning his own restaurant has always fascinated him – and one that led him to owning the award-winning Pirate’s Cove!