Man Crush Monday: Afterburner CEO Jim Murphy

It’s Man Crush Monday on This week, our spotlight is on Jim Murphy, Founder and CEO of Afterburner, an International consulting firm with offices in the United States and  Australia. Murphy launched Afterburner, Inc. in 1996, bringing his dreams of running a successful small business to life. As a former F-15 Instructor Pilot for the United States Airforce, Jim Murphy is an inspiring role model for veterans returning to the business world.

Based in Atlanta, GA, Afterburner is now one of Forbes’ top 25 Best Small Companies. The company is run by former US military that served in elite combat units, such as Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, and specializes in “teaching clients how to define and execute a business strategy with a military-inspired approach to teamwork” (Forbes). Afterburner offers a variety of services such as consulting and workshops, training and team building, and inspirational keynote programs.

Regardless of the extensive size of clientele, events and programs, Afterburner is a small business created and owned by a multi-talented veteran who hatched an idea and carried it through to the end. We congratulate you, Jim Murphy, and wish you 20 more years of immense success.

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Are you or someone you know a veteran interested in starting a small business? Browse the grant listings on to discover funding opportunities that will help you achieve your goals!

Grants for Veterans

Grants to USA Veterans and Military Spouses to Attend a Technology Entrepreneurship Event

Grants to USA veterans and their spouses to attend a three-day, hands-on technology entrepreneurship event.

Deadline: 8/6/17

In-Kind Services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurs for Business Development

In-kind business development services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana individual entrepreneurs who have served (or are currently serving) in the USA armed forces.

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants for Small Business

Grants to Young Maine Business Owners for Projects That Will Result in Economic Growth

Grants of up to $5,000 to young Maine business owners for projects that will contribute to the state’s economic growth.

Deadline: 7/23/17 5:00 PM EST

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Journalists to Advance Health Care Journalism

Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations and institutions, as well as individual journalists, for health care journalism initiatives.

Deadline: 7/24/17 5:00 PM EDT

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs in Multiple States to Enhance STEM Research and Development Capacity

Grants to eligible USA States and territories nonprofits, for-profits, and academic institutions for capacity building to enhance research and development in the STEM fields.

LOI Deadline: 7/31/17

Deadline: 8/21/17 5:00 PM Submitter’s Local Time

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