FLGOVCON29- How to Build a Business with Veteran Talent

January 13, 2017
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In this episode Jenny W Clark starts a new series called the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series.

In this series Jenny will be interviewing leaders in Florida about trends in the federal market.

 

Today's guest is Sara Slettebo. Sara is the Executive Director of Association of Veteran Friendly Employers and the Owner of ReMilNet.

 

 

Website: http://www.remilnet.com

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

 

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Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON28- Veteran Connections with Ben Peterson

January 6, 2017
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Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our seventh 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 Ben Peterson. Ben is the CEO & Founder at Engage Your Destiny, a ministry that inspires young people to engage with God and find their purpose. Ben is also an Army veteran who had the unique job of being the Chaplain's assistant during the Iraq war. Ben believes in the power of telling stories to help people through their own struggle. He also brings this message to Veterans about sharing their story, healing, and finding their freedom.

 

Today Ben will talk to us about his vetrepreneur journey and what he has learned along the way, and share some guidance on healing your spirit and finding your purpose.

 

 

 

You can follow Ben here:

 

Website: http://engageyourdestiny.com/veteran-stories/   (Be sure to watch Ben's video!)

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

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-peterson-6509254a

Twitter: @thebenpeterson

 

 

Questions

 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?

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?

 

 

A quote from Ben:

 

"Advancement in life, of any kind comes from favor with God and man. This favor is created through real, authentic relationships. Relationships with people that are genuine, selfless and heartfelt are possible because from the inside out, your relationship with God is saturating everything and everyone you come in contact with."  Ben Peterson

 

Summary

 

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

 

Find a great guide or mentor from the business world

 

Have a business plan and financial forecast

 

Check out SBA.gov for the step by step business plan creation tool: https://www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1

 

Surround yourself with good people and community

 

When creating relationships or partnerships find out what you can do for them as well

 

Get out of your comfort zone

 

 

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.

 

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON27- Veteran Connections with Sam Altman

December 30, 2016
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Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our sixth 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 Sam Altman. Sam is the Founder of the Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter

 

Vets in Tech is a 501c3 focusing on opportunities and advancement of Veterans in technology education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

 

Sam is an Army veteran and still serves in the Army Reserves. He served three years with an infantry sniper detachment while on active duty and continuous to serve with the Army Reserves today providing soldiers training.

 

Sam is on a mission to help solidify the relationships between our community, veteran support networks, and MacDill AFB.

 

 

 

You can follow Sam here:

 

Website: http://www.vetsintech.co/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-altman-8427384

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vets.intech.7

Twitter: @VetsInTech and @samuelwaltman

 

Questions

 

Transition from the military

 

Tell us about Veterans in Tech, Tampa Bay Chapter

 

How did you start Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter?

 

Has your military experience and training help prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

 

What were some of your concerns when starting Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter?

 

What are some of the challenges you faced or are going through now getting the Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter 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?

 

How are you going to be able to use Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter to either help or hire other Veterans?

 

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting Vets in Tech, Tampa Chapter 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?

 

Check out this upcoming event with Jeff Goble at the Tampa Bay Wave on Feb 15th at 5:30:

Build and Lead Your Team Like a Green Beret- https://www.meetup.com/TampaBayWaVE/events/lnvlcmywdbtb/

 

 

Summary:

 

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

 

Build a network around things you are interested in

 

Find resources or events available in your community

 

Resources mentioned today:

 

Patriot Tech Stars Bootcamp- http://patriotbootcamp.org/

 

University of Tampa's Spartan Incubator- https://www.ut.edu/entrepreneurcenter/programs/

 

Veterans Florida's Operation Startup- http://www.veteransflorida.org/veterans/veterans-florida-entrepreneurship-program/

 

Project Transition USA- http://projecttransitionusa.com/

 

Tampa Bay Wave- http://www.tampabaywave.org/

Tampa Bay Wave has a Veterans outreach day the third Wednesday of every month from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

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.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON26- Veteran Connections with John Vann

December 26, 2016
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Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our fifth 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 John Vann. John is the Vice President/Co-Founder of Racing4Vets

John is an Army veteran and is Team Captain and lead driver for America's all Veteran Racing Team specializing in the rehabilitation of service disabled veterans through motor sports training and racing programs. John has a passion to help other Veterans and uses these unique and exciting tools to do it.

 

It is always amazing to see a Veteran entrepreneur start a business that involves helping other Veterans. Today John will share his story and passion with us.

 

 

 

You can follow John here:

 

Website: http://www.racing4vets.org/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-vann-58908799

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/racing4vets/

Twitter: @Racing4Vets

 

 

Questions

 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?

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?

 

 

Summary:

 

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

 

Be unique, make sure no one else is doing it

 

Use resources available for veterans that not everyone else has

 

Connect with the business community like attending meetings

 

Nothing is more important than team

 

Have a mentor

 

Engage with your community

 

Use your resources:

Vetbiz- http://www.vetbiz.com/

Small Business Administration (SBA)- https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/veteran-owned-businesses

grants.gov- grants.gov

 

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.

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON25- Veteran Connections with Paul Huszar

December 16, 2016
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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:

VetCor:

Website: https://www.vetcorservices.com/

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

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_08LjoHp-xaZbZID40UeQA

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

Twitter: @844VETCOR1

 

Paul:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.huszar.71

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhuszar

Twitter: @phuszar

 

Questions

 

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?

 

Summary:

 

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

 

Keep learning:

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.

 

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON24- Veteran Connections with Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson

December 9, 2016
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Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our third 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 Ryan "Redhawk" McPherson. Ryan is the CEO of Redhawk Group International, the Executive Producer and Studio Manager of Business Radio X, and the Host of Veterans Connect Radio

 

Ryan is also an Army veteran who served as a Combat Infantryman. Ryan has also been the host of a rock station morning show and is currently a firearms instructor and range safety officer.

 

 

  You can follow Ryan here:

 

Website: www.VeteransConnectRadio.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanredhawk

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

Twitter: @VetConnectRadio @VetConnectRadio @RyanRedhawk

 

 

Questions

Transition from the military

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?

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?

 

 

Summary:

 

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

 

Find a business partner

 

Have clarity of thought

 

Get a mentor

 

Get the training you need

 

Find resources

 

Connect with other veterans

 

Find your motivation and determination

 

Work with others to help you meet your goals

 

Get your free year of premium LinkedIn and training by going to Veterans.linkedin.com

 

Have an idea that is a passion

 

Find out if someone is doing that already, if so reach out

 

Start doing it now!

 

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.

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

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON23- Veteran Connections with Scott “Mack” Macksam

December 3, 2016
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Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our second 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 Scott "Mack" Macksam AKA Major Mack Daddy. Mack is the Founder and President of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, FL since 2014. Florida’s First Center For Military and Veteran Artists.

Mack is also an Army veteran who retired as a Major after 20 years of service. Mack has a passion to help other Veterans just as I do and I really believe in what he is doing, using art as a creative outlet and a type of therapy for returning Veterans. Many Veteran entrepreneurs start their own business and become successful. What I find special is when that success involves helping other Veterans. Today Mack will share his story and passion with us.

Major Retired Scott “Mack” Macksam graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in History with a Minor in German Studies. He received a commissioned in the United State Army, Field Artillery.  Major Mack has served honorably 20 years in the United States Army in various leadership, command and staff positions in a global setting.  His last assignment was Director of Military Science and Leadership at the University South Florida St Petersburg where he secured over 1.4 million scholarship awards to Cadets and personally dedicated a 8K Veterans Memorial to USFSP.  He has graduate of Officers Basic Course, Air Defense Officers Advanced Course ,CGSG and Combined Arms Staff Service School, Air Assault, Military History Instructors Course and holds a Masters in Organizational Management.  He also has implemented a National Leadership Development and Internship Programs for US Army Cadet Command. In 2014 he secured a 30K National American Soldier Exhibit which was a first in the State.  He now is the Founder and President of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay pioneering a model for the State of Florida and reaching into Germany.  Major Mack is active in the community and a serving member:  Board of Trustee, St Petersburg Museum of History, VP Association United States Army Executive Committee,  Remember/Honor/Support Advisory Board, Military Officers Association, Global SOF Foundation, Homes for Independence Board, Goodwill Ambassador and Social Enterprise Board of Trustees.

You can follow Mack here:

Website: http://www.vactb.org/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-a-mack-macksam-maj-r-mao-846ba872
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vactb/
Twitter: @VACTB
Instagram: @VACTB

Questions

Transition from the military

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?

Summary

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

Creating a model of your idea

Prioritize so you know what is important and needs done first

Persistence is key, never give up!

Have passion for your idea

Find your niche

Determine if your idea has value

Seek resources to help you

Get a mentor

There is an event at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay, “THE ART OF HEALING” on December 9th, 2016

The Grand Opening of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay building is on March 25th, 2017

The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay is located at:

“Gaslight Square”
6798 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, Florida 33710

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.

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

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON22- Veteran Connections with Mike Stojic

November 26, 2016
00:0000:00

Hi this is Pete Blum and this episode is the start of our new Veteran Connection Series. One of our main goals at the Florida GovCon.com Podcast is to help small businesses and our military Veterans. In an earlier series I did an episode called Attracting Military Veterans (episode 14). I broke down how small business desiring to hire Veterans could find them and retain them. But I wanted to take it a step further.

 

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 Mike Stojic. Mike is the host and creator of the Make It A Double Podcast and Founder of Revival 1869, Revival 1869 is a craft cocktail & whiskey bar & lounge opening up in March 2017 in Clayton, NC

 

Mike Stojic

 

Mike is also a Marine Corps veteran and besides being Marine brothers what attracted me to Mike is his strong desire to connect with people and find happiness even in bad situations. This aligns well with our FloridaGovCon.com Podcast as our goal is to help connect small businesses and veterans and help them through making connections. Businesses are looking for veterans, transitioning veterans are looking for new careers, and veteran business owners help bridge this gap

With their knowledge and experience at both ends of this spectrum.

 

You can follow Mike here:

 

Website: http://revival1869.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-stojic-a47ab1bb

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revival1869/

Twitter: @revival1869

Instagram: @revival1869

Podcast (Make it a Double!): http://makeitadouble.podbean.com/

 

 

Questions

 

Transition from the military

 

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?

 

Summary:

 

In this episode with Mike we had some really great advice for you to take advantage of so you can head for success:

 

All Veterans be sure to take advantage of the Boots To Business program. This is offered as an add on option to the TAPS class.

 

Be sure to study up on what it is you want to do before starting your business

 

White board your ideas

 

Planning is key to an effective startup and launch

 

Proper budgeting is critical for success

 

Be sure to get your new business involved in the community

 

Stay fresh to keep your business alive

 

Embrace social media

 

Network in your community and with other businesses

 

Avoid falling in love with your plan so much that you are not flexible

 

Keep your ego in check, you don't know everything

 

Listen to others, all feedback has some value

 

Know your passion so you will love what you do

 

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 six more episodes in this series 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

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can offer services and training to assist you with your needs. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope you enjoy this series.

 

Thank you for listening!

FLGOVCON21- Pricing Strategies Summary

November 18, 2016
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This is the seventh and final episode of the Pricing Strategy Series brought to you by Jenny W Clark.  

In this episode Jenny gives you a Pricing Strategies Summary.

 

Our new series starting next week will be on Veteran Connections. Pete Blum will be talking to Veteran business owners about how they started their business and what they learned along the way that they can share with you.

Additionally we will find out what they are doing to help other Veterans and what strategies they have in place to achieve that.

FLGOVCON20- Profit and Fee

November 11, 2016
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This is the sixth episode of the Pricing Strategy Series brought to you by Jenny W Clark. 

In this episode Jenny talks to you about Profit and Fee.