VC23- Veteran Connections with Dr. Monique M. Maldonado

June 16, 2017
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

 

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

 

Today's guest has an impressive background, she is an Associate Professor for the School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University, as well as a professor at a couple other universities. She is also an Air Force Veteran who served at the Pentagon as the Enlisted Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and me the President, she is Founder & Writer of The Dr. Mo Show, and the Founder & CEO of the MD Educational Consulting Firm. I would like to welcome Dr. Monique M. Maldonado.

 

 

You can follow Monique here

The Dr. Mo Show: www.thedrmoshow.com

 

 

Topics

 

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

 

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

 

What was it that caused you to start your business?

 

Tell us about your company's mission

 

 

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

 

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

 

What is the key to the success of your business?

 

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

 

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

 

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?

 

 

Summary

 

In this episode with Monique we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Use a service like LegalZoom to help get you started

 

Check out the SBA's Boots to business program and Community Business Partnership

 

Having a great team is critical

 

Be patient! True success and being accepted by your community can take several years

 

Get help establishing your business from experts

 

Have your emergency team ready and include an accountant, financial advisor, business advisor, bank, legal, and VP

 

https://www.legalzoom.com

 

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

 

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

 

If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

 

Thank you for listening!  -Pete

FLGOVCON36- How to Increase your GovCon Profile with Stephanie Alexander of GovMates

June 16, 2017
00:0000:00

How to Increase your GovCon Profile with Stephanie Alexander of GovMates

Raising your GovCon Profile
Prime Contractors
Small Biz Reps
Networking
Conferences
Industry Days
Agency Meetings
AFCEA, NDIA, NTSA, AUVSI,
AUSA, Global SOF

Using Social Media
 Why get your Profile Out There?
• Teammates
• Recruiting
• Brand Awareness
 What Platforms?
• LinkedIn
• Twitter
• Facebook

GovMates – how it works?
Small Businesses
Large Businesses

How to Contact Stephanie
 GovMates.com
 BOOSTLLC.net
 E-mail: Stephanie@govmates.com

To contact Jenny W Clark

CEO

Solvability, Inc

www.solvability.com

Phone 256-882-6276
E-mail jwclark@solvability.com
Linkedin Solvabilityjwc
Twitter Solvabilityjwc

PROGRAMS

  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Self Study
  • Hand to Hold
  • RPM
  • Prime Focus
  • 1:1 Coaching

VC22- Veteran Connections with Amanda Milligan

June 9, 2017
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

 

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

 

I learned about today's guest through Operation Startup in Tampa Florida. She is an Army Veteran and the Founder of ExcelMatch. I would like to welcome Amanda Milligan.

 

You can follow Amanda here

Website: http://www.excelmatch.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaexcelmatch/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExcelMatch/

Twitter: @ExcelMatch

 

Topics

 

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

 

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

 

What was it that caused you to start your business?

 

Tell us about your company's mission

 

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

 

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

 

What is the key to the success of your business?

 

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

 

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

 

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?

 

 

Summary

 

In this episode with Amanda we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Finding the right team members can be difficult but is critically important to your success

 

Find resources and programs like Operation Startup in Tampa Bay Florida, V-WISE or Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program which is part of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF)

 

Having a great peer network you can rely on and get feedback from makes the entire process easier so grow your network with the mentors and coaches that can help you

 

Check out the Boots to Business Program that is an elective to the TAP program

 

https://www.operation-startup.com/

https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/veteran-and-family-resources/starting-growing-a-business/v-wise/

https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd/resources/160511

 

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

 

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

 

If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

 

Thank you for listening!  -Pete

FLGOVCON35- GovCon 12 Steps for Managing 90 Days Out

June 9, 2017
00:0000:00

In this episode Jenny really explains the benefits of managing 90 days out. Know where you at and take the guesswork out of the equation.

 

Twelve Steps for Managing 90 Days Out
1. Get Caught up!
2. Understand Cash versus Cost (aka Accruals)
3. Define one Source of Truth
4. Know what your monthly spending is – Payroll & Recurring
Expense
5. Manage Labor Utilization
6. Don’t spend your profit until it’s realized
7. Holistic approach to integrated system
8. You are the Captain of the Ship
9. System for managing projections and expectations
10. Be honest with yourself
11. Spreadsheets are models
12. Quit looking in the Rear View Mirror

 

To contact Jenny W Clark

CEO

Solvability, Inc

www.solvability.com

Phone 256-882-6276
E-mail jwclark@solvability.com
Linkedin Solvabilityjwc
Twitter Solvabilityjwc

PROGRAMS

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FLGOVCON34- 12 Steps to Cash Flow GovCon

June 5, 2017
00:0000:00

In this episode Jenny really delivers a message with a punch! If you want to know and understand cash flow do not miss this episode!

Twelve Steps for Managing Cash Flow
1. Bill Faster
2. Payroll to Paycheck Lag/Payroll Service
3. Process Timesheets faster
4. Net 30 or Pay when Paid
5. Separate Subcontracts from Regular AP/Line
6. Get a Line of Credit when you don’t need it – use it!
7. Charge credit card on the day AFTER cutoff
8. Get Travel Expense booked before billing/Use ACH for AP
9. Do NOT expense costs to save on TAXES – tax plan!
10. Manage Labor Utilization
11. Don’t borrow from the bank to pay yourself (F&F too)
12. Be Profitable – Manage 90 Days Out

 

To contact Jenny W Clark

CEO

Solvability, Inc

www.solvability.com

Phone 256-882-6276
E-mail jwclark@solvability.com
Linkedin Solvabilityjwc
Twitter Solvabilityjwc

PROGRAMS

  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Self Study
  • Hand to Hold
  • RPM
  • Prime Focus
  • 1:1 Coaching

VC21- Veteran Connections with Valerie Ellis Lavin

June 3, 2017
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

 

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

 

I first met today's guest in the Transition room of the Florida GovCon Summit last year where she talked on a panel about Veteran challenges. I invited her back this year to talk on a panel about Veteran resources. She is an Army Veteran and shares the same desire that I do to help transitioning Veterans. She is the Director of Operation Startup and the CEO at Luminary Global. I would like to welcome Valerie Ellis Lavin

 

 

You can follow Valerie here

Website: https://www.luminaryint.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerieellis7/

 

Topics

 

 

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

 

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

 

What was it that caused you to start your business?

 

Tell us about your company's mission

 

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

 

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

 

What is the key to the success of your business?

 

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

 

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

 

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?

 

 

Summary

 

In this episode with Valerie we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Get your certification from the VA for VOB SDVOB WOB and more

 

Use Veteran resources like Operation Startup where you can do things like talk to a financial expert for free

 

To save money get your business cards through Vista Print and your logo through Fiverr

 

Have a great business partner and use a partnering agreement

 

Consider getting sales training since that is something you do not learn in the military, you need to be able to sell yourself

 

And Valerie provides tips on attire

 

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

 

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

 

If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

 

Thank you for listening!  -Pete

VC20- Veteran Connections with Matt Shankweiler

May 26, 2017
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

 

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

 

Today's guest is a big believer in giving back to the community and he sets the bar high. He is an Army Veteran and served in the infantry airborne. He is the President of Tampa Bay Heroes. I would like to welcome Matt Shankweiler.

 

You can follow Matt here

Website: www.tampabayheroes.net

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewshankweiler/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tampabayheroes/

Twitter: @TampaHeroes

 

Topics

 

 

So tell me a little bit about your time in the military

 

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

 

What was it that caused you to start your business?

 

Tell us about your company's mission

 

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

 

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

 

What is the key to the success of your business?

 

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

 

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

 

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?

 

 

 

Summary

 

In this episode with Matt we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Procrastination will kill your business but proactiveness will win the day

 

Have a bank account with 6 months to live off of without revenue and then see how much is left to invest in a business

 

Seek out free local resources

 

Have a business plan

 

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

 

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

 

If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

 

Thank you for listening!  -Pete

FLGOVCON33- Abacode Explains Cybersecurity Compliance

May 26, 2017
00:0000:00

John Fay of Abacode explains Cybersecurity Compliance

 

Here’s what I worry about

  • E-mailing
  • File sharing
  • Online document signing
  • Leaving computer online
  • Staying logged in
  • Passwords

 

What are my Risks?

  • Could I become part of someone else’s cyber incident?
  • Could my business be shut down by cyber incident?
  • What actions should I be taking?
  • How do I educate my employees?

 

Cybercompliance

Multi-Factor Authentication

Continuous Monitoring

Cyber Incident Reporting

Forensic Assessment

Cyber Response

 

S – Self Governance

M – Managed Network Surveillance

A - Assessments

R - Remediation

T - Training

 

To Contact John Fay

 

To contact Jenny W Clark

CEO

Solvability, Inc

www.solvability.com

 

Phone

256-882-6276

E-mail

jwclark@solvability.com

Linkedin

Solvabilityjwc

Twitter

Solvabilityjwc

 

PROGRAMS

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FLGOVCON32- DFARS 252.204-7012

May 19, 2017
00:0000:00

DFARS 252.204-7012 with Jenny W Clark

Cyber Security Requirements for Defense Contractors

 

DOD Cybersecurity Requirements

December 2017

NIST 800-171

CUI- Controlled Unclassified Information

Notify DOD CIO

Self-Asserted SAM Audit Teams

 

Cyber Requirements

Access controls and passwords

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Reporting System to submit malicious software

 

Elements of Cybersecurity Program

Holistic approach

Requires multi-disciplinary team

Planning and preparedness

Prevention

Risk management

Verification/Compliance

Employee training

Legal counsel

Don't just restore backups!

VC19- Veteran Connections with Albert Winks

May 19, 2017
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

 

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

 

Today's guest is an Army Veteran who was a Medical Service Officer and MEDEVAC helicopter pilot. He flew 268 combat missions and evacuated 350 patients. He is the Founder & President of Ascension Mentorship. I would like to welcome Albert Winks.

 

You can follow Albert here

Website: https://www.ascensionmentorship.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/albertwinks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AcensionMentorshipLeadershipAcademy/

Twitter: @AscensionMentor

 

Topics

 

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military, how did you go from Infantryman to MEDEVAC helicopter pilot?

 

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

 

What was it that caused you to start your business?

 

Tell us about your company's mission

 

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

 

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

 

What is the key to the success of your business?

 

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

 

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

 

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?

 

Summary

 

In this episode with Albert we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Build relationship bridges

 

Don’t get in your own way, if you want to do something do it

 

Find multiple mentors, Ascension Mentorship can help

 

Keep open communication both the good and the bad

 

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

 

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

 

If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

 

Thank you for listening!  -Pete