Shaping the Next 15 Years of Supporting Veterans & Military Family Small Business

As we continue to celebrate over 15 years of success and look toward shaping the next 15 years and beyond, we have set a goal to raise $150,000 by 2023. To meet that goal, we are excited to invite you to participate in our 2022 UnGala Masquerade! The funds from this event will support our continued outreach to the veteran small business community. 

Find out how you can get involved today! 
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What Is An UnGala

We’re breaking away from the traditional ball gown and tuxedo with this UnGala Masquerade.

Please wear your cocktail attire

Add a touch of mystery to your ensemble and don your favorite masquerade mask. 

Get creative! You can theme your mask with your table, create your own extravagant style or keep it simple and elegant. 

Come Prepared to have a ball!

  • Peruse the silent auction for a chance to win prizes and experiences. 
  • Network with some of the region’s foremost veteran entrepreneurship experts at the 2-hour open bar cocktail hour. 
  • Enjoy and delicious 3-course meal while we recognize pioneers in the veteran entrepreneurship community.
  • Capture the fun at the Fish Eye Fun Photo booth. 

Most importantly, help us shape the next 15 years of supporting midwest veterans in entrepreneurship.

Photo Booth

Silent Auction

Live Artist Drawing

Signature Cocktails

Tom Harness, Master of Ceremonies

 Tom Harness is the owner of Harness Digital Marketing, a digitalmarketing firm that works with businesses and organizations onSocial Media, SEO, and Email Marketing. He is an entrepreneur andbusiness owner with 20 years of combined experience in Education,IT, and Business. Tom is a U.S. Army Veteran and a SouthernIllinois University alum. He also enjoys craft beers, his belovedChicago Cubs, and his family.

Tickets and Sponsorships Available Nows

Impacting communities: Building Veteran Businesses

VetBiz is dedicated to helping veterans and thier families achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating small businesses. We achieve our economic development mission by providing one-on-one counseling, business consultation, loan packaging review, and business related seminars free of charge.

Fundraising Goal

Veterans Need Our Help

With a struggling economy and ongoing pandemic twists and turns, our veterans have sacrificed and need YOUR help. VetBiz provides no-cost training and support to all veterans who want to transition from military personnel, spouse or family, to thriving entrepreneur and small business owner. Without financial donations and support from organizations like yours, VetBiz would not be able to provide the amazing support it provides today.

Help us  reach our goal of $150,000 and increase our impact on the community.

Funds Raised: $ 30,875
Goal: $150,000 20.6%

Our Impact

Client Accounts
Counseling Sessions
Training Attendees
Events Held

Client Success Stories

" VetBiz helped us build a real business plan and provided us with mentorship as we built our team and hired new employees. "
Frank Totten
F2 Garage Door Solutions , VetBiz Client

Chris Daming- Legal GPS

Chris Daming is a retired Army veteran who is now helping organizations receive legal help without having to hire a lawyer. Legal GPS provides a legal roadmap for startups – giving them a toolkit of legal-how to including videos, templates, and cheat sheets. By utilizing a gamified online learning platform, he brings siloed information together to create a step-by-step, actionable path for the user. Through the help of VetBiz the Veterans Business Outreach Center serving Missouri Iowa Kansas and Nebraska, IVMF’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, SCORE, and an SBA-backed loan, Daming was equipped with the knowledge and resources he needed to get his business off the ground. Legal GPS, Inc. continues to win contracts for its user-friendly software. Recently, they won contracts with the Kansas City Public Library and Houston’s Public Library, giving Legal GPS access to more than 2 million active library patrons.  Daming began working with VetBiz in 2017 and  has relied on VetBiz through every stage of the business planning process for invaluable feedback. On top of being named the SBA Veteran-Owned Business of the Year in their area, Legal GPS continues to almost double its revenue every year over the past three years and has big plans to continue expanding.

Get Involved

Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities

Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities available now. To purchase please download the order form and email back to 

Optional: pay for your ticket or sponsorship via paypal here. Download the order form and indicate your payment was made via paypal at  Make sure to share your name and email when making your payment online. 

UnGala Tickets

Tickets Include: Pre-Gala Networking Cocktail event with hand passes hors d’oeuvres, & Premium Open Bar (2 hours), 3 Course Dinner and Award Ceremony.  


Advertising Sponsor

  • $ 250 1/2 page spread in UnGala program 
  • $ 500 Full page spread in UnGala program 

General Support Sponsor

All donations of under $1,000 will have their individual or company name listed on Sponsor Page in the event program  

< $1,000

PDF Sponsorship

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunity

Thank you for taking the time to review this sponsorship opportunity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at or 314-531-8387.

Five Star Sponsor


Table for 10 at UnGala Masquerade

Dinner Sponsor (signage on tables), Opportunity to speak during event, Logo on invitations & event program, Mention during Ceremony Introduction, Full page spread in program, Preferred seating at event, Award Presenter, Special recognition during event, Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program.

Medal of Valor Sponsor


Table for 10 at UnGala Masquerade

Bar Sponsor (signage at the bar), Mention during Ceremony Introduction, 1/2 page spread in program, Perferred seating at event, Award Presenter, Special recognition during event, Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program. 

Vanguard Sponsor


Table for 10 at UnGala Masquerade

Award Presenter, Special recognition during event, Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program.

Rampart Sponsor


Table for 10 at UnGala Masquerade

Award Presenter, Special recognition during event, Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program.

Flag Bearer Sponsor


Table for 10 at UnGala Masquerade

Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program. 

Forward 15 Sponsor


Two tickets for the UnGala Masquerade

Individual or company name on Sponsor Page in the event program. (2 Event Tickets.)  

Download Ticket and Sponsorship Order Form

UnGala Award Nominations

During our UnGala we are honoring service members and those that support them. Do you know a veteran small business doing great things in the community? Nominate someone who has made a positive impact on the veteran entrepreneurship community. 

UnGala Awards

Outstanding support of VetBiz and their clients.

An exemplary volunteer for VetBiz that has gone above and beyond to assist veteran and/or military spouse businesses.

Any person or company who takes a lead role in helping the veteran / military spouse community in any capacity.

An established veteran or military spouse business open for 5 years or more.

New / start-up veteran or military spouse open less than 5 years.

Submit a nomination form below! 

Are you ready for the next steps?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there. Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B. Your unit has not left you!