Welcome to The Transition

You Don’t Have to Go At It Alone

As veterans and military spouses, many of us aspire to live a life of meaning, purpose, and passion.  We have dreams and ambitions of starting our own clothing lines, breweries, tech-starts up, and various other businesses. We just need access to a tribe of mentors and community to help us start them. You’re not alone and we’re ere to help.

Why Should Subscribe and Listen

The Transition demystifies the entrepreneur experience for veterans and military spouses, by cultivating an environment of peer-to-peer learning. We interview veterans and military spouses in different industries, to share their stories, lessons learned, and give words of encouragement to the veteran entrepreneur community.

Meet Your Guide

The show is hosted by “IRON” Mike Steadman, The “Voice of the Bunker.” Mike is a Marine Corps Veteran, Entrepreneur, and Community Leader, with a passion for teaching entrepreneurship to veterans and urban communities. After leaving active duty in 2015, Mike relocated to Newark, NJ where he founded IRONBOUND Boxing, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides free amateur boxing training, entrepreneur education, and employment opportunities to Newark youth & young adults. He‘s also the founder of IRONBOUND Media, a podcast production agency. 

What You Can Expect

  • The Transition is released every Thursday. 

    • Subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast hosting platform.

    • Listen and leave a review. 

    • Share the show with other veterans and military spouses interested in starting their own businesses.

What More Can You Ask For?

The show includes:

  •  Interviews with entrepreneurs in the Bunker Labs Ecosystem

  • Live-Office Hours with “IRON” Mike and subject matter experts in marketing, branding, and various other disciplines every Tuesday at 11AM EST on Linkedin, Facebook, and Youtube

  • Special events, live-interviews with Authors such as Bob Burg, author of “The Go-Giver: A Story About A Powerful Business Idea.”

Get Connected with Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs a national network of veteran and milspouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military-connected community start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the military-connected community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business. We know 25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. We’re here for them! Learn more by visiting www.BunkerLabs.org   

Be sure to also register or Bunker online, our social network for the military-connected community where Bunker Labs staff help makes connections to increase your opportunities. Register today by clicking the connect button at bunkerlabs.org

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Transition is brought to you by the Metlife Foundation, and their commitment the supporting veteran and military-spouse entrepreneurs. In addition, The foundation also provides mentorship and financial health resources to veterans and military spouses transitioning into the workforce.

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A weekly podcast & newsletter for Veterans & Military Spouses of early-stage start-ups and small businesses, who feel like they're making it up as they go.


Modern Day Renaissance Man that enjoys teaching everything I know about boxing, entrepreneurship, podcasting, and social impact. #IRONBOUND
Creative, Adaptive, Engaging - Head of Growth for IRONBOUND Media, Executive Assistant for Organized Q and proud Military Spouse.