More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create approximately two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Navy Federal, one in four small business owners report plans to purchase additional equipment, hire additional staff and carry out technology improvements – all within the next 12 months.

Here at Navy Federal Credit Union, we know how important small businesses are, especially to the ones that own and want to grow them! In recognition of National Small Business Week, Navy Federal is featuring business owners who have partnered with Navy Federal Business Services to turn their passion into a business.


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!


Commonwealth Brewing Company

Your passion can be your money-maker. Just ask Jeramy Biggie, owner of Commonwealth Brewery in Virginia Beach, Va. A home brewer for eight years and craft beer lover for life, Jeramy had an epiphany after creating his first sour beer at home. He realized that he could do what he loved for a living and be successful.

There’s no mistaking Jeramy’s passion for brewing great beer and bringing people together.


Megan’s Landing Veterinary Clinic

It takes courage to start your own business. With a true passion for your craft and the right financial partner to help guide you through the process, you can build your business with confidence.

Dr. Regina Case-Rupert always dreamed of being a veterinarian, even as a child. After her children reached adulthood, she decided it was finally the time to embrace her dream. That’s when she turned to Navy Federal Business Services. Check out her story below.