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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Patricia Fusch


There are over 615,000 women military spouses and 1,786 known military spouse business owners who relocate every 2 to 3 years to follow their active duty spouse. The research problem addressed was the lack of strategies military spouse small business owners used to sustain their business during a mandatory military relocation. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the strategies that 5 women military spouse small business owners, located near Shaw Air Force Base or Fort Jackson, South Carolina, used to sustain their businesses during a relocation. The sampling method used was census sampling. The systems theory was the conceptual framework of this research supported by sustainability theory, strategic management theory, and event system theory. In-depth semistructured interviews and archival documentations (e.g., pamphlets, flyers, websites) were the chosen methods of data collection. A CADQAS software program was used to organize the data and content analysis method was to analyze the data gathered from the interviews and documents. The emergent themes were small businesses, work-life balance, business finance, barrier to business ownership, initiatives to support military spouses, and personal finances quality of life. For the military spouse small business owners or other potential business owners, a simple and accessible method to obtain information and access to government grants could assist the implication for positive social change to create new employment opportunities, growth, and innovation in communities and the economy. Additionally, the results from the study may provide insight and strategies to assist other military spouse business owners or other business owners in sustaining their business when relocating.