Made in America: 6 Veteran-Owned Businesses to Watch
Sword and Plough
In 2012, Betsy and Emily Nuñez founded retail start-up Sword & Plough with the bold idea of repurposing military surplus to make high-end bags for the civilian sector. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their fundraising goal of $20,000 within just two hours--netting $312,161 total. The company's name comes from the biblical phrase “to beat swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks” and illustrates the adaptation of military technology for peaceful applications. The sisters also strive for a “quadruple bottom line” and have a mission to benefit the environment and the veteran community.