VC23- Veteran Connections with Dr. Monique M. Maldonado

June 16, 2017
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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.

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

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