‘Raised in CLE’ Makes the Most of Yelp 10K Veteran Business Grant

He is a cook. She is a bookkeeper.

Here’s how Stephanie and Gregory Kobunsky run their grown-in-CLE food truck business. Gregory has worked in the finest restaurants in Northeast Ohio for over 30 years. Stephanie makes sure the food truck stays busy by handing out food.

Not so long ago, her life was connected with a different kind of ministry.

“I turned 20 when I traveled from Kuwait to Baghdad, Iraq in 2003,” she explains.

Stephanie served her country in the US Army for 20 years.

“It helps you grow up. My first flight in an airplane was in basic training.”

Veterans own 2 million businesses in this country and employ more than 5 million Americans. Yelp wanted to show their support for them, so it established the Veterans Business Fund, giving a handful of these veteran-owned businesses a $10,000 grant.

One of five recipients chosen from across the country?

Stephanie and Gregory “BRaised In The CLE”.

“It was a blessing,” Gregory said. “I think it probably brought tears to our eyes.”

This money will help keep the business going and keep the food truck on the road.

Emily Waskovic of Yelp says the foundation was created to do just that. “Hearing that the investment will keep them going for so long is really what we hoped would happen with that money.”

There were bumps in the road, but the food truck is ready to go. The veteran and her husband will make sure it stays that way.

“I am so proud to be able to call her my wife. She is an amazing woman.”

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