Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our fourth episode of the Veteran Connection Series. In an ongoing mission to help small businesses entrepreneurs and our transitioning military Veterans, or Veterans who have been out for a while and are interested in starting their own business the FloridaGovCon.com Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans entrepreneurs who have made the transition and started a new journey.
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 Series 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 Paul Huszar. Paul is the President and CEO, VetCor. Paul is also an Army veteran who was the Director of Training and Leader Development (Dean) at the United States Army Engineer School and a Logistics Officer at Fort Lewis. Paul is a family man and a soccer coach who still makes time to help Veterans whenever he can.
You can follow Paul here:
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_08LjoHp-xaZbZID40UeQA
Transition from the military
Tell us a little more about your company
How did you start your business?
Did your military experience and training help prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?
What were some of your concerns when starting your business?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
Do you think your military experience is responsible for the success in your business or are there other things you had to apply and learn along the way?
Are you going to be able 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 other Veteran business owners?
For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items would you give them?
In this episode with Paul we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
Marketing and Financing are critical to success
Franchising is an excellent opportunity for senior military
Communicate how you can bring value
Personal and professional network aid in the road to success
Not taking a salary at first
Finding a business partner and gaining an instant network
Go out and talk to people- create a network
Connect with your community
Plan for double the financing you think you will need
Realize it can be a rocky road so be resilient with finances, creating a team, and family life
Vet to CEO- http://www.vettoceo.org/
Vetrans Florida- http://www.veteransflorida.org/
Hillsborough Community College- https://www.hccfl.edu/veteran-student-affairs.aspx
Use the tools out there for Veterans
The Veteran Connection Series 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. There are more episodes in this series where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
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