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

VC11- Veteran Connections with LJ Eastmead

March 24, 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 Lauren "LJ" Eastmead. She is the CEO at Infinitely Fit and a Marine Corps veteran.

 

 

 

You can follow LJ here:

Website: http://www.infinitely-fit.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lj-pocsi-79a67b15/

Twitter: @InfinitelyFitSD

 

Topics

Transition from the military

 

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

 

Find local resources, there are lots of them out there like: The Rosie Network, Service 2 CEO, and SCORE

 

Work the startup business on side till you're ready to go all in full time

 

Get a business coach

 

Have persistence, don't be afraid of bugging people until you get help. Sometimes they are busy and just cannot get back to you right away.

 

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

VC10- Veteran Connections with Jeff Goble

March 17, 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 Jeff Goble. Jeff is the Founder of JeffGobleSpeaks.Com and also the Veteran Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Tampa Bay WaVE. Jeff is a Retired Army Colonel whose distinguished military career has allowed him to provide leadership and strategic planning positions all over the world. Jeff is a professional motivation speaker that also has a passion to help Veterans whenever he can.

 

 

You can follow Jeff here

Website: http://www.jeffgoblespeaks.com/

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

Twitter: @JeffGobleSpeaks

 

Topics

 

Transition from the military

 

Tell us a little more about your company

 

Tell us more about what you are doing as part of the Tampa Bay WaVE

 

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

 

Have mentors

 

Lead people and manage things

 

Have a business plan

 

Leadership philosophy… your principles and values as a leader

 

You can't do it on own, use a coach, mentor, or community

 

Organization design model: Identify Function, identify processes, and more

 

The Tanpa Bay WaVE meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month

 

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

VC9- Veteran Connections with Desheun Hines

March 10, 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 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

 

 

Topics

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?

 

Summary

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 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

VC8- Veteran Connections with Todd Cochrane

March 3, 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 Todd Cochrane. Todd is the CEO of RawVoice and Blubrry. Todd is also a Navy veteran who after serving for 24 years and retiring as a Senior Chief has his own very successful business.

 

Todd is additionally a fellow podcaster and I recently had the privilege of meeting him at Podfest 2017, the Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando Florida. Todd founded the People's Choice Podcast Awards and was also inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2015. He also wrote the first book on podcasting.

 

In this episode Todd gets real and breaks down his business and how he got started. Todd gives us a different perspective since he started his business while still in the military. Learn some great startup knowledge as Todd tells his story, you will even get a little relationship advice in this episode!

 

 

 

You can follow Todd here

 

Website: http://www.rawvoice.com/ and https://www.blubrry.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RawVoice/ and https://www.facebook.com/blubrry/

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

Twitter: @GeekNews

 

 

Topics

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

 

Using tools like GoToMeeting and Slack

 

Plan a yearly team retreat (strategy session) if your core team is spread out over great distances

 

Financing can be very difficult for a small business so find a funding source

 

Understand the commitment and dedication required to succeed, you will have to work long hours

 

Keep an eye on the competition and watch for shift in the marketplace, Todd uses monitor.com

 

Have a passion for what you want to do and it will make a difference when things get hard

 

Make sure your spouse and kids are on board since they are impacted as well

 

 

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

FLGOVCON28- Taking Care Of Your Team

February 24, 2017
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In this seventh episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny talks about Taking Care Of Your Team. She covers benefits like healthcare, 401K, and more. Learn how you as a small business can take care of your employees and what the options are when it comes to different types of contracts. This will be another topic at the Florida GovCon Summit on March 29th and 30th in Tampa. Learn about the speakers who will be diving into these issues at the Florida GovCon Summit.

For more information on the Florida GovCon Summit click here: http://solvability.com/govcon-summit/

We are excited to bring our business community together again and we look forward to seeing you there!

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you have questions or want to learn more about what we can offer you go to Solvability.com and click on contact. There you can request a free system assessment. Thank you for listening and let us know how we can help you?

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

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FLGOVCON27- Small Businesses In Federal Technology Need Angels Too

February 17, 2017
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In this sixth episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny talks about Federal Technology issues and how this fits in with the Florida GovCon Summit on March 29th and 30th in Tampa. Learn about the speakers who will be diving into these issues at the Florida GovCon Summit.

For more information on the Florida GovCon Summit click here: http://solvability.com/govcon-summit/

We are excited to bring our business community together again and we look forward to seeing you there!

FloridaGovCon.com is brought to you by Solvabilty. If you have questions or want to learn more about what we can offer you go to Solvability.com and click on contact. There you can request a free system assessment. Thank you for listening and let us know how we can help you?

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

Thank you for listening!