VC6- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH SAM ALTMAN

VC6- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH SAM ALTMAN

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

VC5- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH JOHN VANN

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.

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

VC4- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH PAUL HUSZAR

VC4- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH PAUL HUSZAR

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 lifeKeep 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

VC3- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH RYAN “REDHAWK” MCPHERSON

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. Today Ryan will share his story and passion with us.


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?

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 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

VC2- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH SCOTT “MACK” MACKSAM

VC2- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH SCOTT “MACK” MACKSAM

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 Scott “Mack” Macksam AKA Major Mack Daddy. Mack is the Founder and President of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, FL since 2014. Florida’s First Center For Military and Veteran Artists.

Mack is also an Army Veteran who retired as a Major after 20 years of service. Mack has a passion to help other Veterans just as I do and I really believe in what he is doing, using art as a creative outlet and a type of therapy for returning Veterans. Many Veteran entrepreneurs start their own business and become successful. What I find special is when that success involves helping other Veterans. Today Mack will share his story and passion with us.

Major Retired Scott “Mack” Macksam graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in History with a Minor in German Studies. He received a commissioned in the United State Army, Field Artillery.  Major Mack has served honorably 20 years in the United States Army in various leadership, command and staff positions in a global setting.  His last assignment was Director of Military Science and Leadership at the University South Florida St Petersburg where he secured over 1.4 million scholarship awards to Cadets and personally dedicated a 8K Veterans Memorial to USFSP.  He has graduate of Officers Basic Course, Air Defense Officers Advanced Course ,CGSG and Combined Arms Staff Service School, Air Assault, Military History Instructors Course and holds a Masters in Organizational Management.  He also has implemented a National Leadership Development and Internship Programs for US Army Cadet Command. In 2014 he secured a 30K National American Soldier Exhibit which was a first in the State.  He now is the Founder and President of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay pioneering a model for the State of Florida and reaching into Germany.  Major Mack is active in the community and a serving member:  Board of Trustee, St Petersburg Museum of History, VP Association United States Army Executive Committee,  Remember/Honor/Support Advisory Board, Military Officers Association, Global SOF Foundation, Homes for Independence Board, Goodwill Ambassador and Social Enterprise Board of Trustees.

You can follow Mack here

Website: http://www.vactb.org/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-a-mack-macksam-maj-r-mao-846ba872
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vactb/
Twitter: @VACTB
Instagram: @VACTB

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?

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

  • Creating a model of your idea
  • Prioritize so you know what is important and needs done first
  • Persistence is key, never give up!
  • Have passion for your idea
  • Find your niche
  • Determine if your idea has value
  • Seek resources to help you
  • Get a mentor

There is an event at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay, “THE ART OF HEALING” on December 9th, 2016

The Grand Opening of the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay building is on March 25th, 2017

The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay is located at:

“Gaslight Square”
6798 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, Florida 33710

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