FLGOVCON37- Veteran Connections with Desheun Hines

March 10, 2017

Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you our ninth 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 Desheun Hines. He is the Founder of VetaStart and a Marine Corps veteran. Desheun also does modeling for posters and commercials to attract veterans to the state of Florida and to schools in the Tampa Bay area.





You can follow Desheun here:


Website: http://www.vetastartllc.com/

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

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/desheun-hines-b8048221




Transition from the military

Tell us about your company

How did you start your business?  Tampa Bay WaVE

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?



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


Start your transition a year out

Refine your soft skills, like facial expression and public speaking

Find an entrepreneurship symposium for Veterans. Desheun did and he won so he got capital as a prize that went towards starting his business.

Find the right team

Try a business model canvas. You can use the canvas to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model because a business plan can change the minute it hits people or customers. Desheun quoted Mike Tyson saying "Everybody has a plan till they get hit in the mouth".

Have passion for what you are doing if you want to succeed

Care more about the vision and mission, not money, helping others is rewarding

Be willing to take advice and change to meet your customers' needs


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!

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