As a former Navy man, Gary Altoonian was always quick to shoot…a camera that is. So, in 2013, Altoonian founded Altoonian Photography, specializing in portrait & head shots, customer events, fine art photography, construction projects and family sports action. As a trained Civil Engineer and having worked for a number of construction engineering companies, Altoonian had a keen understanding of construction. So it was natural that he would initially focus on photographing construction sites for government and private clients. Numerous photos are on display on the Altoonian Photography web site https://www.altoonianphotography.com/. Altoonian grew his business to a client base of 40 people. Although Altoonian achieved a positive cash flow very early, he has a desire to grow his business beyond a solo photographer.

 

In 2018, Altoonian participated in the St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program for the veteran who is interested in starting his own business. Possibly more intense than Navy Boot Camp, this concentrated training gives the veteran entrepreneur the tools, education, and mentorship necessary to start his own businesses. Altoonian had access to the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty and industry practitioners. SCORE is a provider of volunteer mentors for this program.  Although Altoonian already had a profitable business, this program helped him to focus on how to grow his business. At the end of the program, each veteran is required to enter their business idea into a “Pitch” competition. Jim Caltagirone helped Altoonian make his successful pitch.

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In 2018, Altoonian participated in the St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program for the veteran who is interested in starting his own business. Possibly more intense than Navy Boot Camp, this concentrated training gives the veteran entrepreneur the tools, education, and mentorship necessary to start his own businesses. Altoonian had access to the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty and industry practitioners. SCORE is a provider of volunteer mentors for this program.  Although Altoonian already had a profitable business, this program helped him to focus on how to grow his business. At the end of the program, each veteran is required to enter their business idea into a “Pitch” competition. Jim Caltagirone helped Altoonian make his successful pitch.

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