On Monday, the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a special press conference took place at the Union League Club in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The Bunker, a program built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs, announced a national expansion plan. What makes this move striking is that The Bunker cut the ribbons to officially open their doors at 1871 in Chicago on Nov. 1 - just 10 calendar days ago.

Todd Connor, who served in the Navy after receiving his undergraduate degree at Northwestern, has accelerated The Bunker from an idea in June to a remarkable business venture only a few short months later.

Senator Mark Kirk and Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner both spoke at the press conference, and were joined by business leaders from all over Chicago. The diversity in the crowd represented a commitment from Chicago's business community to serving - and hiring - veterans.  

The Bunker encourages existing veteran-owned start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs to make an impact on the business world through their ideas, hard work and strategy.