BOZEMAN – Anthem Snacks, a local jerky company, was given an award by Montana’s Veteran Small Business of the Year, by the Montana Small Business Administration.
Nathan Kouhana, the Founder and CEO of Anthem Snacksjoined the military in 2003, and remembers the moment he felt the need to serve.
“I was studying abroad in Paris when 9/11 happened, so that’s just in my memory,” Kouhana said.
In 2009, when Kouhana’s service ended he returned to San Francisco to work for a technology company, then left Chicago to pursue business school. Desiring to be able to return to the vast areas, Kouhana and his wife arrived in Montana and decided to call Treasure State home.
“There were three meat processing plants for sale, and from there I started a nervous company,” Kouhana said.
A company that has grown to sell jerky, clothing, etc., with 10% of their profits going to veterans and first responder non-profit organizations.
“There’s a unique perspective from a veteran because they know the sacrifices that have been made, but they also know the cost,” Kouhana said, “So my message is the same for everyone, I think everyone should support the veteran community and get back where they can. ”
One of the non-profits donated by the anthem is Big Sky Bravery, a Gallatin Valley organization that provides support for active duty special operations forces.
Founder and CEO, Josh McCain described Kouhana as ‘a hero’ and how he was the spearhead in Special Operations.
“Starting a business is the dream of Americans, doing it as a veteran, I don’t understand,” McCain said.
In the future, Kouhana hopes to open a brick-and-mortar shop for Anthem Snacks.