Success Stories

VBOI awards

Awards Received

Learn about awards VBOI and members have received here!


Albert Tansey of Tansey Electric

First VBOI Business to Hit $1 Million in Sales

Bedford, MA- It’s official, the first Veteran Business Owners Initiative member has reached new heights with $1 million in sales after completing the organization’s Business Gym. The VBOI is overwhelmed with pride to announce the news that Tansey Electric owned and operated by veteran Albert Tansey is the first member to be granted this recognition. Read the full story here!


Lauren's Greeting Cards

Lauren's Greeting Cards Spread Joy

"It started as just something fun to do, something I enjoyed" Lauren says. "It is like my therapy, something nice for people as well." she claims. But the VBOI created an opportunity for Lauren and Michael to sell these cards and make a little extra money. "I could not believe someone would buy my work" Lauren expresses, but many people do! Read the full story here!


Lavender Laundry

Lavender Laundry Opens in Taunton, MA -
June 6, 2014

A comprehensive understanding of the hurtles that business owners face is a quality of the Veterans Business Owners Initiative that rookie business owner Josh Read has come to appreciate the most. After meeting members of the VBOI at a Yellow Ribbon Event, Josh knew he had found the support system he needed to bring his Laundromat business to life. Read the full story here!


Stephen Wood

Former Battle Captain and BlackHawk Pilot Now Leading Own Project Management Firm - May 5, 2014

From U.S Army National Guard veteran to new business owner, Stephen Wood has always found himself in very competitive situations. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1998 and earned a scholarship through ROTC which paid for his college education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read the full story here!


TJ of Kearney Custom Interiors

Wounded Veteran Now Highly Successful Entrepreneur in Carpentry Market - April 18, 2014

TJ Kearney would never have imagined that after serving 8 years in the United States Marine Corps he would be a successful business owner. The progression from wounded veteran to entrepreneur was not an easy feat for TJ, but luckily for him, he was able to beat the odds and bring Kearney Custom Interiors to life. Read the full story here!


Melanie Deschene of Melanie Cares Home Cleaning

Coast Guard Veteran Cleaning House! - March 7, 2014

United States Coast Guard Veteran Melanie Deschene learned a lot during her time in the military, but one value she has managed to replicate in her post-military career is her persistent effort to go above and beyond the call of duty in any work she commits to. In doing so, Melanie has seen notable recent success in her cleaning business, Melanie Cares Home Cleaning. Read the full story here!


Albert Tansey of Tansey Electric Inc.

Tansey Electric Inc. Grosses $500K+ in first year of business - February 14, 2014

The success story of Tansey Electric Inc. is one of determination, exceptional knowledge and unique skill; but to Albert Tansey it is just another day’s work. VBOI member Albert Tansey has taken his skills in electrical engineering and turned it into a profitable business in a very short amount of time. Read the full story here!


Brandon Montella of The Way L.L.C. health studio and boxing clinic

Brandon Montella Opens a Health Studio and Boxing Clinic For All - February 6, 2014

"Every goal has a way." An inspiring motto for anyone, but this particular motto belongs to the new boxing conditioning gym, The Way L.L.C.. On February 1st of this year, Brandon Montella, the 2012 Heavyweight New England Golden Gloves champion, will officially open the freestanding gym The Way L.L.C. Read the full story here!


Dan Tereshko of College Hunks Hauling Junk

College Hunks Hauling Junk - January 18, 2014

Dan Tereshko was medically retired from Active Duty and was immediately looking for the best way to “pay it forward” to those that also serve their country each and every day. Owning his own business was one way Dan could not only support his family, but also give back to other Veterans and his community. While browsing the internet for his business ownerships options, Dan found the Veteran Business Owners Initiative; he took a leap of fate and decided to check it out. Read the full story here!