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New Hampshire District Office – November 1, 2022 

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Small Business Success Story

From Servings One’s Country to Serving Homemade Diner Cuisine

Jarett Berke

At Lou’s, customers are served a slice of American history alongside a homemade slice of their favorite pie.

In 1947, a Hanover institution was born and for more than 30 years, Lewis J. Bressett (Lou), a decorated U.S. Marine and World War II veteran, began each morning baking a variety of goods to sell throughout the day. It’s only fitting that a fellow Marine carries on the tradition 75 years later.

Building a successful business takes hard work and dedication – traits that are not in short supply among military members, veterans, and military spouses. Who knew that these top 5 chain restaurants founders, Ray Kroc with McDonalds, Colonel Sanders with KFC, S. Truett Cathy with Chick-fil-A, Glen Bell with Taco Bell, and Dave Thomas with Wendy’s were military veterans?  This year National Veteran Small Business Week (NVSBW) will be celebrated from Oct. 31-Nov. 4th to recognize veteran business owners and military spouses marching toward #VetBiz success with the help of SBA programs and services.  Locally, we are honoring our own NH veteran-owned business that demonstrate how veterans can utilize their military experience as a true recipe for success as entrepreneurs.

Jarett Berke, also a decorated combat veteran, purchased ‘Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery’ on Main Street in Hanover in 2018.  Berke grew up in New Rochelle, NY and has been around the restaurant business much of his life. For more than 30 years his father and uncles have owned and operated a treasured Mexican restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village.

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Veteran #SmallBiz Virtual Event – November 2nd- 11am


Wednesday, November 2



Join us for a virtual roundtable event to celebrate the strength and resilience of the veteran and military small business community.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Veteran Small Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC) present a virtual small business roundtable featuring successful veteran entrepreneurs from throughout New England. Hear from successful veteran entrepreneurs about how military service prepared them for life as small business owners and what resources they used to make their journeys successful. Learn about resources available to the veteran small business community to help start, grow, expand or recover a small business.

AJ Jarnagin

Meet NH Panel Guest

SBA’s 2022 New Hampshire and New England Veteran Owned Business of the Year

AJ Jarnagin ~ EXPANSIA ~ Nashua

As a United State Air Force (USAF) service-disabled veteran, AJ has been a military and defense advocate focused on connecting the right people, technology, rapid deployment, and delivery strategies to support the acquisitions for space and cyber capabilities for our nation’s defense. 

Success Story Here

Register Today for a FREE 2-day Training for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Boots to Business is a two-step training program developed to introduce Veterans and transitioning service members to business ownership.

This 2-day virtual workshop helps ensure that every participant has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and the small business resources in their local communities. Any veteran, spouse and/or dependent children over 18 are welcome to participate!

If you are interested in starting your own business?

Please join us 

November 29 & 30, 2022

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


If you have any questions, please contact Miguel Moralez at 603-225-1601 or email miguel.moralez@sba.gov

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