FLGOVCON26- Where is My Innovation Budget?

February 10, 2017
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In this fifth episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny talks about what it takes to create an innovative budget and how this fits in with the Florida GovCon Summit on March 29th and 30th in Tampa.

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!

FLGOVCON25- Trust but Verify

February 4, 2017
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In this fourth episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny talks about cyber security issues and how businesses need to protect against them. How when building a business relationship you have to trust but verify that they are doing their part to protect against threats as well. She will fill you in on the cyber panel that will be at the summit coming up March 29th and 30th in Tampa.

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!

FLGOVCON24- Announcing Florida GovCon Summit

February 1, 2017
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In this third episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny introduces our premier business summit coming up in March. She gives a breakdown of what is planned for the Florida GovCon Summit including speakers, topics, and how this is all going to help you!

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!

FLGOVCON23- How to Grow Your Federal Business

January 20, 2017
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In this second episode of the Florida GovCon Marketplace Series Jenny goes into detail on how to grow your federal business. She provides knowledge and advice to help you take it to the next level.

 

 

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!

FLGOVCON22- 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

 

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!

VC7- Veteran Connections with Ben Peterson

January 6, 2017
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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!)

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

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

Twitter: @thebenpeterson

 

 

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?

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 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

VC6- Veteran Connections with Sam Altman

December 30, 2016
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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 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

 

Topics

 

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 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

VC5- Veteran Connections with John Vann

December 26, 2016
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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 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

 

 

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?

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 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.

 

 

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

VC4- Veteran Connections with Paul Huszar

December 16, 2016
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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 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

 

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 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 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

VC3- Veteran Connections with Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson

December 9, 2016
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 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

 

 

Topics

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 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