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'KEY WEST KNIFE WORKS' are Proud Members of the 'VETERAN OWNED and OPERATED BUSINESS PROJECT' established in January of 2009. The VOBP is the leading FREE directory of over 20,000 businesses owned by Military Veterans (VOB), active duty military, reservists and service disabled Veteran owned businesses (SDVOSB) of the United States Army, Air Force (USAF), Marines (USMC), Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USC) and National Guard. Join 'KEY WEST KNIFE WORKS' in showing your support for our armed forces by proudly searching for products and services that are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States Military Veterans!





During a ceremony at the Melbourne Florida’s National Guard Armory held on 18 October 2014, Key West Knife Works owner “Ski” accepted the“Veterans Service Award” from Florida Governor Rick Scott! ( see photograph below ) It was truly an honor to receive the Veterans Service Award!  In addition with acceptance of the award, Ski brought to the Governors attention, “that our Honorable Discharged Veterans” did not have their own License Plate.” Gov. Scott listened and assigned an aid to check into it. When what Ski was saying was found correct. Gov.Scott immediately put it in motion.

It took over a year of phone calls and emails to get this done and for Ski's persistence and for all Florida Veterans Honorably Discharged Ski was given the #1 Plate -001A- First edition...

So all you need do is take your DD214 to any Tax Office and ask for the Veterans Plate.YOU WILL GET ONE!

President George Bush Senior after Desert Storm wanted all states to provide this type Plate. He said "this is to Honor Our Veterans" And change how Veterans were treated during and after the Viet Nam War.

Now all Honorably Discharged Veterans Past, Present and Future! Can display this State Honor as their License Plate!


"Veteran's - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, signed a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is Honor, and their are far too many people who no longer understand that.


 A Quick Guide to Starting a Veteran-Owned Business

According to Michael Guta of Small Business Trends, there are approximately 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses in America and about 57 percent of these businesses are home-based. The majority of America’s veteran-owned businesses are located in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania, but each state’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has its own programs in place to assist veterans throughout their road to entrepreneurship.

If you’re a veteran who’s thinking of starting a business, this guide from veteran-owned Key West Knife Works will help you to choose the perfect business idea, develop your business acumen, and obtain the training and funding you need to kickstart your journey to small business ownership. Read on to begin.

Explore Beginner-Friendly Business Ideas

Even if you’d love to run a large corporation one day, it’s best to pursue something small and feasible as a beginner entrepreneur. A few beginner-friendly business ideas include print-on-demand (POD) sales, product reviewing, bookkeeping services, website design, digital marketing, and content creation. You could also launch a food truck business, open your own bakery, or start with something as simple as an ice cream stand. Another option is to buy a business that’s for sale.

When choosing a beginner-friendly business idea, be sure to keep your skills, experiences, and interests in mind. Many military skills can be transferred to your entrepreneurial career path, including your ability to lead and manage others, work with a team, and prioritize tasks and deadlines.

Build Your Business Acumen

In addition to choosing an idea for your new veteran-owned business, you’ll need to develop your business acumen and sharpen your existing business skills. Here are a few ways to do it:

Work for a local veteran-owned business. By specifically seeking employment with a veteran-owned business, you can learn from people who have already walked the path of entrepreneurship. It’s also wise to seek out programs in your area tailored for helping veterans acclimate to finding a civilian job using the skills they acquired in the military.

Enroll in an online degree program. Many online degree programs offer flexible schedules, affordable tuition, and the ability to learn at your own pace. Plus, several areas of study are available to choose from, including accounting, business management, and marketing. By furthering your education with an online accounting degree, for instance, you’ll develop strong business acumen and learn skills in finance, business ethics, marketing, and economics.

Look for Training and Funding Opportunities

While pursuing entrepreneurship as a former military member, several programs under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help to enhance your chances of success. These SBA programs and resources include the following:

  • Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot (B2BR)
  • Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP)
  • Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (WVETP)
  • Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP)

If you’ll need to finance your business idea, you can start by using the SBA’s free online Lender Match tool to search for small business funding options. Additionally, grant opportunities for veterans can often be found through the Street-shares Foundation, VA, and Nav. And if you need help finding small business financing, grants, or entrepreneurial training, don’t hesitate to contact your local Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD).

In Conclusion

Because of their leadership skills, strong sense of integrity, and extensive military training, veterans make successful entrepreneurs. Plus, veterans are self-disciplined, motivated, and determined — all these skills are needed when launching a business.

If you’re ready to use your military skills to pursue an entrepreneurial career path, this quick guide will help you to choose a business idea, expand your business knowledge, and find the training and funding you need to get the ball rolling. Your military service has prepared you for entrepreneurship in several important ways, and now it’s time to use your military training to launch a successful veteran-owned business!




The Team at Silent Professionals know how challenging it can be to transition to civilian life, which is why KWKW added this link to help Vet's with their transition by helping them find work using the skills gained in military Service.

There is a wide range of jobs available within the defense and private security industry as well as unique corporate security job opportunities.They also frequently have jobs that pop up for immediate fill all around the world. Besides the fact that job seekers never pay to apply for jobs, they personally vet each job and each candidate and match the right person for the right job at the right time.

The Silent Professionals Team talk directly to the decision-makers who make the call on hiring and they lean on their team to advise them. If you’re a job seeker, register as a candidate in their system. If you’re a company searching for highly trained, dedicated and disciplined professionals, then their right here to help you connect with the Very Best!



A Comprehensive Guide to Permanent Change of Station and Veteran Home Ownership.

Use the link provided for more info: https://www.uphomes.com/blog/military-moving-guide.html


An extensive list of helpful resources for veterans that can be of great assistance for those looking to get veteran benefits:  https://essayontime.com.au/list-of-helpful-resources-for-veterans/


Military Veterans Honorably Discharged are eligible for Special Offers through the Veteran Owned Business Project. Click here and look around you may be surprised at what you find!


The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Health for Veterans



How Does Mental Health Affect Your Sleep? 

The term mental health describes emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health affects not just how we feel, but how we think and behave. Our psychological condition determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.



"ACCREDITED ON LINE SCHOOLS & COLLEGES" Use the Link below it is a  powerful resource to any Veteran pursuing a college degree: http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/resources/veteran-continuing-ed/


Here are more 'HELPFUL LINKS':

PTSD, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Help for Veterans
Find a PTSD Therapist
Homeless Vets’ Guide to Stop Living On The Streets
Building Their Life Back - The Guide for Homeless Vets
Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets
Homeless Vets’ Guide to Finding a Home
Community and Support for Veterans
Affordable Legal Advice for Veterans


Tips and Tricks to Safely Buy a Car as a Military Family or Individual.

Being in the military often comes with a lot of change: new cities, new homes, new friends, and new cars. Military personnel are frequently the targets of fraudulent car dealers and are often taken advantage of. Because of past occurrences, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA). The OSA “works to help military families overcome unique financial challenges by providing educational resources, monitoring complaints, and working with other agencies to solve problems faced by service members.” The CFPB has done work to strengthen the Military Lending Act and it monitors service member complaints. Additionally, the website provides a number of resources for military personnel, such as how to navigate a financial life-cycle in the military and how to manage money in general.

Submitted by: Carmen Adams. Carmen is a masters student at SDSU. Carmen Lives in San Diego and has been around many veterans and active duty military members. She has found that many of these individuals have been getting taken advantage of.

Carmen wanted to do her part! She decided to take things into her own hands. The problem she is talking about is predatory car sales to military members. She felt that nowhere covered the issue extensively, The LINK: Article on predatory car sales is the final outcome! Well worth the read for Military members who this has happened too or to watch out FOR!...


Key West Knife Works donates Cutlery and Tactical Gear to our Service Personnel annually.

These items are used as raffle prizes at their CHRISTMAS Parties.Check out the links underlined below, you can see photos of the troops who won the items we donated...

We were awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the troops at Camp Lindsey, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. We here at KWKW are very proud of this award!


(It should be said also, These camps are not in GREEN ZONES - They're in the forward areas where the camps are MORTARED and ROCKET ATTACKED daily!  IED's (Improvised EXPLOSIVE Devices) are planted just outside the camps wires also!

Forward Operating Base Lindsey (2013) US Army Soldiers enjoy Christmas in Afghanistan Clich Here with Donated Knives as raffle prizes from Key West Knife Works and a fine Christmas Dinner in a WAR ZONE.             Served by Command!

Forward Operating Base Geronimo (2012) United States Marines enjoy Christmas in AfghanistanClich Here with Donated Knives as raffle prizes from Key West Knife Works and a fine Christmas Dinner in a WAR ZONE.    Served by Command!


 At a ceremony at Melborne Florida's National Guard Armory held on 18 October 2014. Key West Knife Works owner 'Ski ' accepts Florida Governor Rick Scott's 'Veterans Service Award' for Armed Forces Service and annually donating Cutlery and Tactical Gear to the Troops in Afghanistan for raffle prizes at their Christmas Parties. Key West Knife Works also ships for Free to all international APO, FPO and DPO Military address locations.


 (BELOW) Ski Oct 2014 Veterans Service Awards. At the Ceremony after the Brunch. This was great experience and a good time with other Vet's just talking! Many had similar service in Panama & Africa.

Veteran's rally in Cocoa Beach...  Ski 2013

Old Photo - Ski at Barracks in Panama...

Ski and Dewey at home in Cocoa Beach , Fla 2017

(Dewey Passed Away late November 2018 after being with me for 12 years. I never had a better Friend!)

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