VC25- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH LAUREN SCHULZ-CARNES

VC25- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH LAUREN SCHULZ-CARNES

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 is more to connecting Veterans with Veteran business owners than just gaining advice for starting your own business. Many of the Veteran business owners want to hire transitioning Veterans and many of the transitioning Veterans would like to work for a great Veteran owned business. I wanted to take the time to meet the needs of these Veterans also.

The next several episodes will be a Veteran Connections Support Series dedicated to the providing additional knowledge, advice, and resources to help Veteran business owners find the transitioning Veterans they are looking for or to help the transitioning Veterans find resources and gain knowledge when looking for a new career outside of the military.

Today’s guest is a Marine Veteran who has a passion for helping Veterans and has her own transition story he would like to share. She is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at FourBlock. I would like to welcome Lauren Schulz-Carnes.

You can follow Lauren here

Website: http://fourblock.org/
LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-schulz-carnes-28968655/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fourblock
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FourBlock
Twitter: @FourBlock

Topics

Tell me about your transition from the military and how you made it all happen so quickly.

Tell me about FourBlock and how it helps Veterans

After training how does FourBlock continue to help Veterans get hired?

What challenges did you face during transition?

What are the main challenges you hear other Veterans talking about during transition?

For transitioning Veterans that are preparing to start a new career outside the military what action items list would you give them to ensure an easier and smoother transition?

Summary

In this episode with Lauren we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey or transition to a new career!

  • Sign up for FourBlock
  • Start networking before you transition and try and start a business or find a new career
  • Use LinkedIn
  • Use campus resources where your attending school
  • Use the GI Bill

The FourBlock Career Readiness Program is a semester-long, university-accredited program that provides the professional development, career exploration, and network that today’s generation of veterans need to be competitive for great careers.

We also learn a little bit about Mike Abrams the Founder of FourBlock and why he started the company.

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

VC24- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH MATT ROSEBAUGH

VC24- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH MATT ROSEBAUGH

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 is more to connecting Veterans with Veteran business owners than just gaining advice for starting your own business. Many of the Veteran business owners want to hire transitioning Veterans and many of the transitioning Veterans would like to work for a great Veteran owned business. I wanted to take the time to meet the needs of these Veterans also.

The next several episodes will be a Veteran Connections Support Series dedicated to the providing additional knowledge, advice, and resources to help Veteran business owners find the transitioning Veterans they are looking for or to help the transitioning Veterans find resources and gain knowledge when looking for a new career outside of the military.

Today’s guest is an Army Veteran who has a passion for helping Veterans and has his own transition story he would like to share. He is the Director of Veteran Business Outreach at Big Voice Video. I would like to welcome Matt Rosebaugh.

 

You can follow Matt here

Website: http://bigvoicevideo.com/

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bigvoicevideo

Twitter: @BigVoiceVideo

 

Topics

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military.

When it comes to transition from the military would you say it is easy or hard?

Tell us about Big Voice Video’s mission and how it helps Veterans

What are some of the challenges you personally faced in transitioning?

What are the main challenges you hear other Veterans talking about during transition?

How successful is Big Voice Video at helping Veterans to get hired?

For transitioning Veterans that are preparing to start a new career outside the military what action items list would you give them to ensure an easier and smoother transition?

Here is a great article that Matt wrote on LinkedIn with a lot of great advice and links to resources. Ii is a must read:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-10-lessons-i-wished-knew-when-started-my-military-rosebaugh

Summary

In this episode with Matt we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

Korn Ferry Leveraging Military Leadership Program (Wait List): https://goo.gl/forms/k2rlV5kdsykPein62

Soldier for Life transition assistance program: http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page/Soldier_for_Life_-_Transition_Assistance_Program_(SFL-TAP)_(formerly_ACAP).html?serv=227

Hire Heroes USA: https://www.hireheroesusa.org/

Deloitte Core Leadership Program: https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/join-deloitte-core-leadership-program.html

The Commit Foundation: http://www.commitfoundation.org/

The Overwatch Partnership: http://overwatchpartnership.org/

I also mentioned Veterati, Project Transition USA, and Operation Startup Tampa Bay

https://www.veterati.com/

http://projecttransitionusa.com/

https://www.operation-startup.com/

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

Veteran Connections Support Series

The Veteran Connections Podcast is about helping 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. I do this by bringing you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

But there is more to connecting Veterans with Veteran business owners than just gaining advice for starting your own business. Many of the Veteran business owners want to hire transitioning Veterans and many of the transitioning Veterans would like to work for a great Veteran owned business. I wanted to take the time to meet the needs of these Veterans also.

The next several episodes will be a Veteran Connections Support Series dedicated to the providing additional knowledge, advice, and resources to help Veteran business owners find the transitioning Veterans they are looking for or to help the transitioning Veterans find resources and gain knowledge when looking for a new career outside of the military.

VC23- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH MONIQUE M. MALDONADO

VC23- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH MONIQUE M. MALDONADO

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 has an impressive background, she is an Associate Professor for the School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University, as well as a professor at a couple other universities. She is also an Air Force Veteran who served at the Pentagon as the Enlisted Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and me the President, she is Founder & Writer of The Dr. Mo Show, and the Founder & CEO of the MD Educational Consulting Firm.

I would like to welcome Dr. Monique M. Maldonado.

You can follow Monique here

The Dr. Mo Show: www.thedrmoshow.com

 

Topics

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

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

  • Use a service like LegalZoom to help get you started
  • Check out the SBA’s Boots to business program and Community Business Partnership
  • Having a great team is critical
  • Be patient! True success and being accepted by your community can take several years
  • Get help establishing your business from experts
  • Have your emergency team ready and include an accountant, financial advisor, business advisor, bank, legal, and VP

https://www.legalzoom.com

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

VC22- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH AMANDA MILLIGAN

VC22- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH AMANDA MILLIGAN

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 learned about today’s guest through Operation Startup in Tampa Florida. She is an Army Veteran and the Founder of ExcelMatch. I would like to welcome Amanda Milligan.

You can follow Amanda here

Website: http://www.excelmatch.com/

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

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

Twitter: @ExcelMatch

Topics

So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

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

  • Finding the right team members can be difficult but is critically important to your success
  • Find resources and programs like Operation Startup in Tampa Bay Florida, V-WISE or Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program which is part of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF)
  • Having a great peer network you can rely on and get feedback from makes the entire process easier so grow your network with the mentors and coaches that can help you
  • Check out the Boots to Business Program that is an elective to the TAP program

https://www.operation-startup.com/

https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/veteran-and-family-resources/starting-growing-a-business/v-wise/

https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd/resources/160511

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