Veterans Go Entrepreneurial

We chat with consultant Paul Dillon with Dillon Consulting Services…

A U.S. Army Reserve veteran, he served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, and was awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals.

Paul A. Dillon is a Certified Management Consultant with more than 42 years of experience in the professional services industry. He is the president and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC (, a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, based in Durham, NC and Chicago, IL, which provides services to veterans who want to start their own businesses. Paul is the creator of the concept for a veteran startup incubator in Chicago, called Bunker Labs, as well as the creator of the concept for a veteran entrepreneur support organization in North Carolina, called VetStart, which has been recently rebranded as Bunker RDU.

Paul served on the Business Plan Screening Committee for the Springboard: Mid-West 2003 Venture Capital Forum, and as a Judge at the Sandhills “Shark Tank” 8th Annual Entrepreneurial Summit, Pinehurst, NC in 2014.

An avid distance lap swimmer, Mr. Dillon’s interests range from business ethics and governance to the media, the last of which stems his 14 years as the supervisor of elections to both the National Radio Hall of Fame and for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the Emmy Awards.

headPaul holds an A.B. degree from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH), a M.S. from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at Governors State University (University Park, IL), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and, most recently, at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a former trustee of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a former Public Member and Commissioner of the national Commission for Case Manager Certification.

–What prompted your interest in, and involvement with, veteran entrepreneurship, and with support for veterans who want to start their own businesses?

–Facts and figures are always important. Can you share with us some data on veteran entrepreneurship that you’ve gathered along the way?

–Are there any other aspects of veteran entrepreneurship that you’d like to share?

–Finally, tell us about the work of the Kennedy Forum on Mental Health and what you have been doing with this organization to help erase the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse among our veteran population.

The 2 books that we mention :

Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle – September 7, 2011

by Dan Senor  (Author), Saul Singer  (Author)

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction– October 5, 2015

by Patrick J. Kennedy  (Author), Stephen Fried  (Author)

Mr. Dillon was the creator of Super Collector Services, the first program of its kind in the United States for the professional collection and resolution of high-level corporate and government debt. For the more than fourteen years, Mr. Dillon served as the supervisor of elections to the national Radio Hall of Fame ( at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, and for the Chicago Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ( for the Emmy Awards.


Additional information can be found at his LinkedIn profile at:

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