Veteran Turned Entrepreneur Lives the Dream

July 11th, 2016

We are proud to not only support small and medium sized businesses that are the back bone of America, but we are especially honored to work with men and women who have served this country proudly and given themselves to the cause of freedom and what America stands for. These veterans are taking their skills, their passions, and their drive to become successful entrepreneurs. LiftFund happy to be there for them to give them the lift they need to get started.
Ariana is a veteran turned entrepreneur.

Living the Dream

Veterans are a cornerstone of our nation — protecting our freedom and enriching our communities — when they return from service.

Veterans like Ariana Zamarripa need help starting new businesses and careers as they transition into civilian life. Ariana yearned to open her own company, set her own work hours to care for her children and husband, a fully disabled veteran, and find the same sense of purpose she found in the Navy.

“Everyone’s official American dream is to own a home, own a business and have a successful life,” she said. “I always wanted to work for myself and have that satisfaction every morning when I woke up. I’m very grateful that there are programs like LiftFund that will help veterans like myself to improve quality of life and help them pursue their American dream.”

She turned to LiftFund for a $10,000 loan to buy into the Dream Vacations franchise and purchase the supplies needed to start up her own travel agency.

Today, Ariana is the proud owner of Emi’s Travel by Dream Vacations, which specializes in travel for individuals and families. She looks forward to growing her business while spending time with her family.


LiftFund also provides training and funding opportunities for military spouses to succeed as entrepreneurs as well. We are proud to partner with Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program (SECO). The Department of Defense established the Spouse Education Career Opportunities program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections. Let us know how we can help!