VC18- Veteran Connections with Daniel Rau

May 12, 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 Marine Corps Veteran and security professional turned entrepreneur. He has served at U.S. Embassies in Yemen, Japan, and India. He is a Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Veterati. I would like to welcome Daniel Rau.

 

 

You can follow Daniel here

Website: http://veterati.com/

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

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

Twitter: @VETERATI

 

Topics

 

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 Daniel we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Make sure you put the right team together

 

Talk to other entrepreneurs and learn from them

 

Learn as much as you can before you get started

 

Have a mentor or multiple mentors

 

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

FLGOVCON31- GovCon Success Strategies with Rod Duke of Qualis

May 12, 2017
00:0000:00

Learn strategy in this podcast with Jenny W Clark, Rod Duke, and Stephanie Chomskis

 

About Qualis

FISTBUMP

Teamwork

Community

Future

 

Contact:

Rod Duke

@qualisprez

Qualis-corp.com

 

FLGOVCON30- Financing in the Federal Market with Aaron Jones of ServisFirst

May 5, 2017
00:0000:00

Financing in the Federal Market with Aaron Jones of ServisFirst

Federal Market Financial Topics

  • Startup
  • Factoring
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Line of Credit
  • Other Sources

 

https://www.servisfirstbank.com

VC17- Veteran Connections with Alexander Hildenbrandt

May 5, 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 franchise expert and a career transition expert. He is host of Franchise Talk and is also an Army Veteran. He is the Co-Founder of Cuppy's Coffee Franchise and the President of STONEWORK Franchising. I would like to welcome Alexander Hildenbrandt.

 

 

You can follow Alex here

Website: http://www.stonefran.com/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stoneworkfran/ and https://www.facebook.com/FranchiseTalk/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-RojHzVBCDP5x960N6rg4Q

Twitter: @STONEWRKFRAN

 

Franchises

Cuppy's Coffee: https://www.facebook.com/cuppyscoffeefranchise/

Mack's Tenders: https://www.facebook.com/Macks-Tenders-Franchising-247978385652231

 

Consulting/mentoring: Alex@stonefran.com

Cuppy’s Coffee: Alex@cuppyscoffeefranchise.com

Mack’s: Alex@Mackstenders.com

Dental Sense or if you are up to talk just call: 912-271-5748

 

Topics

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 Alex we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

When getting out of the military renting a home is a better option than buying a home so that your finances are not already tied up in a large purchase or loan

 

Learn what the hurdles are in the industry you are interested in so you can figure out how to be competitive in that industry

 

Understand your value

 

Have the finances to cover you till your business gets on its feet

 

Do the research and use the resources available to you

 

A franchise comes with some things built in that are essential like a business plan and mentors

 

 

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

FLGOVCON29- Incurred Cost Submission with Jenny W Clark and Miriam Ezell

April 29, 2017
00:0000:00

Incurred Cost Submission with Jenny W Clark and Miriam Ezell

  1. What is an Incurred Cost Submission?
  2. How do I know if I need to prepare an Incurred Cost Submission?
  3. Can I do the Incurred Cost Submission by myself?
  4. How long should it take me to complete the Incurred Cost Submission?
  5. Where do I send in the Incurred Cost Submission?
  6. Do I send my Prime Contractors a require a copy of my Incurred Cost Submission?
  7. Who does the Audit of the Incurred Cost Submission and when should I expect them to schedule the Audit?
  8. How do I settle my actual billing rates with my prime contractors?

VC16- Veteran Connections with Adam Bird

April 28, 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 fellow podcaster. He is Host of The Decision Hour Podcast. He was a CO-Founder of Vets on Media. He is a dedicated father and an Army Veteran. He is also the CEO of Military Members Consulting Services and the Founder & CEO of Heroes Media Group. I would like to welcome Adam Bird.

 

You can follow Adam here

Website: http://www.heroesmediagroup.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-bird-803a0828/

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

Twitter: @HeroesMediagrp

 

Topics

 

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 Adam we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

You have to believe in what you're doing

 

Get out in the media and tell people your story

 

Join your local rotary or chamber

 

Communication is critical

 

Pick your company name carefully and research it

 

When creating your plan decide on the goal and then reverse engineer everything

 

Tell everyone you know about your company so they can all help spread the word

 

 

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

VC15- Veteran Connections with Andy Wilson

April 21, 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 highly successful when it comes to starting a business. He has started businesses, made them successful, and sold them. He is also an inventor and an Army Veteran. While in the Army he was in Special Forces and he retired as a Sergeant Major. He is the owner Quiet Professionals. I would like to welcome Andy Wilson.

 

You can follow Andy here

Website: http://www.quietprofessionalsllc.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2959984 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-wilson-a4183b14/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quiet-Professionals-LLC-439483789553213/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkAIdHaS53Cgy-kgXSDs2zw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quietprofessionalsllc/

Twitter: @QPLLC1

 

Topics

 

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?

 

Where do you think you will find yourself in 3 to 5 years?

 

Summary

 

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

 

Decide what is the plan for your business and why

 

Have your finances in order, it is not always that easy to get a loan

 

Define your core competencies

 

Define your exit strategy

 

Be careful in naming your company

 

Create solid branding

 

You need a corporate bank account, DUNS number, FEIN number, and articles of Incorporation so you can register on the  SAMs website

 

Find a mentor

 

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

VC14- Veteran Connections with Chris Ripka

April 15, 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 met today's guest through the world of podcasting. He is a Podcaster, Blogger, Livestreamer, and Public Speaker. He is the owner of Ripka Media Group and the Saloon No.7 Production Company, He is also the Host of Raw & Real with CJ Ripka, I would like to welcome Chris Ripka.

 

You can follow Chris here

Website: http://ripkamedia.com/home.html

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

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

Twitter: @cjripka

 

Topics

 

 

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?

 

Where do you think you will find yourself in 3 to 5 years?

 

Summary

 

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

 

You must get a mentor

 

Learn about the free resources and tools available to you out there on the internet

 

Be flexible when it comes time to zig zag

 

Find out who your VA sponsor is and get the help you need there as well

 

Figure out what it is you are passionate about

 

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

VC13- Veteran Connections with Glenn Nielsen

April 7, 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 met today's guest while volunteering at Project Transition USA. He dedicates time to taking professional head shots of Veterans for free so they can have a great photo for their LinkedIn profile. He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who flew 200 combat missions in south-east Asia and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross 7 times. He served a total of 22 years in the Air Force. He is now the Founder and photographer of Pics In The Glenn, I would like to welcome Glenn Nielsen.

 

You can follow Glenn here

Website: http://tampabeginnings.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-nielsen/

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

Twitter: @GlennPics

 

Topics

 

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 Glenn we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Learn to show emotion

 

Join groups to help you discover your passion and get used to talking to groups of people. Examples would be Meetup.com, toastmasters, and the local rotary club

 

Learn how to talk about yourself

 

Find a mentor or trainer

 

Here is a quote from Glenn, "The best athletes in the world have trainers, and if you think you are better than they are and you don't need a trainer then I think your cheating yourself"

 

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

VC12- Veteran Connections with Russ Barnes

March 31, 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 great Veteran advocate. I first met him when we both volunteered together at the same nonprofit called Project Transition USA. He also helped develop the Student Veteran Program at the University of South Florida. He is a retired Air Force Colonel who flew combat missions and served a total of 27 years. 

He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and more than 20 other decorations. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Organization Design and is now the Founder & CEO of Systro Consulting, I would like to welcome Russ Barnes.

 

 

You can follow Russ here

Website: www.systro.org

LinikedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rcbarnes

Twitter: @SystroC

Email: russ@systro.org

 

Colonel (retired) Russ Barnes is Senior Strategist for Systro Consulting, an organization design firm

specializing in business scaling. He has more than 30 years’ experience in organization development

drawn from military service, franchise ownership and consulting with small business owners.

During his military service, Russ flew combat missions and held senior leadership positions at Air Combat

Command Headquarters, The Pentagon, US Strategic Command, US European Command, and US Central

Command…to name a few. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious

Service Medal and more than 20 other decorations.

After retirement from the military, Russ grew his franchise from zero to profitability in less than three

years. His growth was based on a clear vision, building an effective framework, consistently delivering a

quality product and having a relentless focus on customer service.

Russ received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College (NY), an MBA from Embry-Riddle

Aeronautical University, and his Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from Air University. He is

currently pursuing a PhD in Organization Design

 

Topics

 

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 Russ we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

 

Educate yourself with resources like the SBA, SCORE programs, and courses available

 

Consider trying a franchise first to gain experience

 

Take an assessment of yourself and be able to describe what you want to do

 

Find a mentor

 

Know what it is that you want to sell

 

Build a team and form alliances

 

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