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
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/
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)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Pete