Mother, entrepreneur, and service-connected disabled veteran Dali Rivera served 10 years in the US Army as a drill sergeant and mechanic before an injury prompted her to return to civilian life. In July of 2010, she was accepted into Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities (EBV) program, which Rivera describes as a “life changer.” There, she learned everything she needed to start a business, including writing a business plan, raising funds, and networking. Not long after graduating from EBV, she launched Elite Revolutionary Solutions. Based in Maryland, the company offers a line of high-end kitchen cutting blocks called The Maestro Blocks Collection, with a mission to enhance the culinary experience by helping chefs, home cooks, and foodies prepare delicious and nutritious meals.
As a business owner, Rivera supports the national economy by hiring local craftsmen and using mainly locally harvested materials to create her products. She is also a graduate of the Veteran-Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program.