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David Martin & Gabriel Uliburri, the founders of Real American Heroes Coffee Company, talk with David Johnson about all of the various aspects of starting a business. 

Their original plan was for a coffee shop, but that changed into becoming an eCommerce business that is now branching out into coffee shops in Phoenix. 

The Air Force veterans were both in logistics which helped in many aspects of their business. 

“Fortunately for us, we were both logistics when we joined the Air Force. Gabe crossed over to the fire department, but I stayed in logistics. I’ve learned a lot about the logistics business from transportation, shipping, receiving, the inventory, you know, all that good stuff. So it really helped me run and do our part,” said Dave Martin.

Be sure to check out the entire episode with the Real American Heroes Coffee Company founders David Martin & Gabriel Uliburri on our YouTube channel.

Video Transcript:

David Johnson: So did you know all the business aspects, I mean you never know, but did you know when you got into it you’ve got the product, the packaging, the distribution, the cost, the pricing, the financials. Was that kind of a learning experience as you went?

Gabe: Yes. That’s been a learning experience. 

David J: Wow.

Gabe: And we actually originally wrote the business plan for a coffee shop. We never thought we would be e-commerce, so it has just been building on to this idea. And now we are mainly eCommerce, but we’re in 2 coffee shops.

David J: Oh Wow.

Gabe: So many people just back our idea, and with the whole social media and with Instagram and everything, the support from the military and other brands has been awesome. 

Dave Martin: Fortunately for us, we were both logistics when we joined the Air Force. Gabe crossed over to the fire department, but I stayed in logistics. I’ve learned a lot about the logistics business from transportation, shipping, receiving, the inventory, you know, all that good stuff. So it really helped me run and do our part.

David J: I can see that

David Johnson

Jaime Chapman is the COO and Co-Founder of the U.S. Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce, and the Founder & CEO of Begin Within, a staffing agency on a mission to place U.S. military spouses in “careers” and not jobs. She created the Military Spouse Center of Excellence™ consulting program to teach companies how to hire, retain and promote military spouses in the workplace. She has placed over 1,600 jobseekers in careers, creating an approximate economic impact totaling over over $112 million. Jaime has achieved recognition for:
#1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall Award by Military and Veteran’s Choice in September 2019 at the Military Influencer Conference in DC.
2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Military Spouse of the Year Award.
Jaime served in the Army for 6-years, and is an active duty Army spouse, hooah! She is a proud career and employment advocate for the military spouse community, actively working to reduce the 24% military spouse unemployment rate through advocacy, consulting, and staffing. She is a boy mom of two young boys, and “manimal” mom of a mean black rescue cat named Vader, and an Irish Wolfhound named Wally weighing in at over 150lbs.

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