Business startup group eyes military veterans

Bunker Labs comes to Chattanooga

Founder and Attorney at Law

IF YOU GO

* What: Bunker Labs Chattanooga community chapter meeting* When: Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.* Where: OddStory Brewing Co., 336 E. M.L. King Blvd.

Bunker Labs, a national non-profit that helps military veterans start and grow businesses, is seen as a natural for Chattanooga with the city's growing entrepreneurial culture, organizers say.

"We're excited about the mission of the organization and the passion behind it," said Chattanooga attorney Dan Gilmore, who is helping spearhead the startup of the group in the city.

Up to a quarter of the 200,000 service members coming off active duty each year want to start a business, according to Chicago-based Bunker Labs. They and their spouses need places where they can connect with people, resources and support to achieve their dreams, according to the organization.

Gilmore, a former U.S.