Veterans can enroll in free UWF entrepreneurship program


After retiring from the Navy in 2013, Jason Szot followed through on a plan nearly two decades in the making: opening Szotski’s Cheesecakes.

“I would make cheesecakes a couple of times a year for friends and family. They told me I should do that when I retired. So when enough people tell you that, you start seriously considering it,” said Szot, who had a 26-year career as an electronics technician before opening his mini-cheesecake bakery at 2600 W. Nine Mile Road

Szot said entrepreneurship is a natural fit for retired veterans searching for the next career chapter. Maintaining a business demands qualities similar to the armed forces like discipline, following directions and an understanding of rules.