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ThinkVeteransFirst

This book delves into the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, capturing the reality that success is often fraught with challenges. It emphasizes the importance of sheer will and determination to push through these obstacles for the ultimate "win," and the power of pivoting when necessary.

In 2020, amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, BuyVet was created to support veteran-owned businesses. The pandemic's mandatory shutdowns turned Columbus, Ohio, into a ghost town, with empty streets and closed storefronts, except for essential businesses like Walmart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. Residents were required to wear masks and stay home, schools were closed, and many employees transitioned to remote work. Both large and small businesses struggled to survive as mandates continually changed.

For small businesses, the extended shutdowns were particularly devastating. With no revenue and no customers, many had to lay off workers or close their doors, some permanently. As a 22-year Army veteran and small business owner, I decided to take action—not just for my own business, but for other veteran businesses in my community. While various campaigns like “Shop Small Business” and “Support Black Businesses” emerged, there was a notable absence of support specifically for veteran-owned businesses.

Recognizing this gap, I founded BuyVet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to promote, support, and advocate for veteran-owned businesses. This initiative led to the creation of the Think, Shop, Buy Veteran First movement, aimed at raising awareness and providing vital support to the veterans who have served our nation and now contribute to our economy as entrepreneurs.

About the Author

Mrs. Regina Rembert retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2010 after a distinguished military career spanning 22 years. Throughout her service, she held various roles, culminating in her position as Chief Paralegal Non-Commissioned Officer at the 416th Theatre Engineer Command in Darien, Illinois. With a wealth of experience in the military and human resources sectors, Regina has dedicated her career to serving her country and supporting her fellow veterans.

Beyond her military service, Mrs. Rembert is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in human resources across union, non-union, and government sectors. Her last held position was as a Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment & Placement) for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Driven by a passion for supporting veteran-owned businesses, Mrs. Rembert founded Brightstar Consulting, LLC, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for Think Veterans First (formerly BuyVet). Think Veterans First is a veteran-centric 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2020, dedicated to advocating for, supporting, and promoting veteran-owned businesses.

In response to the challenges faced by small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Rembert took decisive action to support her own business and the veteran businesses in her community. She launched BuyVet, which has now evolved into Think Veterans First, to provide essential support, advocacy, and promotion for veteran-owned businesses.

Think Veterans First

In her book "Think Veterans First," Mrs. Rembert shares the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial journey, offering readers a powerful message of resilience and hope in the face of adversity. Her commitment to supporting veterans and their businesses is exemplified through initiatives such as the Vet Ohio Expo, which has become the largest Veteran Owned Business Expo in the Midwest since its launch in 2021.

Join us in celebrating and honoring the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country by supporting their businesses through
Think Veterans First.