VC12- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH RUSS BARNES

VC12- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH RUSS BARNES

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

VC11- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH LJ EASTMEAD

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

VC10- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH JEFF GOBLE

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

VC9- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH DESHEUN HINES

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

VC8- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH TODD COCHRANE

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