October 11, 2021


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Dream Big Awards, presented by Spectrum Reach, celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award recognizes a small business founded or owned by veterans that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies the significant contributions made by veteran-owned businesses in the country. Read about the businesses in the running below.

The winner will be announced at the Dream Big Awards Ceremony, part of The Big Week for Small Business virtual event, on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00pm ET. Learn more about the other Dream Big Award categories and finalists here.

Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Finalists

Building Momentum,Alexandria, VA

Building Momentum team

The co-founders of Building Momentum were inspired by their experiences in war-torn countries trying to assist the U.S. military by solving problems on the battlefield. At Building Momentum, they develop problem solving programming for the military, the corporate board room, and school-aged children.

"When COVID-19 forced children to learn virtually in 2020, we were able to partner with other community organizations to manufacture more than 450 desks to deliver to community centers, schools and even people’s homes." – Building Momentum

IT Veterans, LLC, Herndon, VA

IT Veterans

After missing the community and sense of purpose they had when serving in the military, Austin West and Tim Chabail sought to recreate it when they founded IT Veterans.

The company focuses on secure mobility, IT infrastructure, forensic accounting, and cybersecurity. They help their customers work from anywhere, while keeping sensitive data safe.

"We work hard to create an atmosphere where our employees feel valued and part of a larger family. We celebrate birthdays and other life events. We and our employees establish meaningful long-term relationships with each other, and as a team we produce solid results for our customers. It’s a win-win!" – IT Veterans, LLC

Maud Borup, Inc.,Plymouth, MN

Maud Borup

Owner Christine Lantinen took the 114-year-old candy company, Maud Borup, and reimagined its sweet treats, making them with a modern twist and better-for-you ingredients. The company makes quality chocolates and food gifts at price points that are attractive to everyone.

"Every day when I come to work, I look around and can’t believe how much the company has grown as a recognized brand in the industry. None of this would be possible without a great team of creative, dedicated people that give it their all." – Maud Borup, Inc.

Register for the Dream Big Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00pm ET to find out who will win the award for veteran-owned business achievement!