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 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!)
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
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 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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