VC29- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH BRYAN JACOBS

VC29- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH BRYAN JACOBS

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 Master Chef that is going to give us a recipe for a successful transition. He started out as a Navy Corpsman who deployed on two combat tours to Iraq. Now he has followed his passion and become a Chef. He is Founder of Vet 2 Chef where he teaches fellow Veterans the skills to be a Chef and recently the creator of a new nonprofit Vets2Success to help all veterans find passion and purpose through food and brew. I would like to welcome Bryan Jacobs.

You can follow Bryan here

Website: http://vets2success.org/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-jacobs-b0ab0823/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vets2success.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryjac/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Vets2Success/

Twitter: @Vets2Success

Bryan has been through a lot in his life but he used everything he has been through to learn something and to help others. He is a Navy combat medic that was integrated into the Marines and deployed with FMF units. During his two tours in Iraq he was in 20 major battles where he saved the lives of the Marines he served with.

Bryan’s brother Kevin Jacobs joined the Marines and Bryan even got to see him while they were both deployed. This is Bryan’s favorite picture of him and his brother.

Kevin lost a best friend (Cpl. Jason Dunham) while serving and brought survivors guilt home with him. Bryan did what he could to help his brother but lost him to Veteran suicide.

Much of what Bryan does is to help Veterans get back on their feet so they can feel proud again. Many Veterans after they get out feel alone and like they have no purpose.

Listen to learn all that Bryan is doing to change that and save Veterans lives.

Topics

So tell me about what you did in the military

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

What was it that caused you to start your business? Why did you go from medical to chef

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

  • Have multiple mentors
  • Work backwards from your goal or mission to determine all the steps you need to take to get there
  • There are rules you need to follow and you cannot break them, different states have different rules
  • Understand human equity- are they a good partner, are you going to help each other succeed
  • Marketing is important and requires money so be sure to plan on that
  • Put people first, go into business to help others and provide what they need
  • Listen and be the last person to speak because the best leaders are the best listeners
  • Do the research to ensure that what you want to provide is needed

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

VC28- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH LUKE JENKINS

VC28- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH LUKE JENKINS

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 really a hard charger that has started his business while still on active duty. He is Currently a 2LT in the United States Army and the Co-Founder & CEO of OweYaa. I would like to welcome Luke Jenkins.

You can follow Luke here

Website: https://www.oweyaa.com

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-jenkins-108b5b33/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/5017949/

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

Twitter: @OweYaa

 

Topics

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

How long are you planning on staying in?

What was it that caused you to start your business while still in the military?

I am sure that having a business while still in the military requires some extra level of caution and making sure you don’t cross any lines as far as the military is concerned. Can you talk about what special things you had to do to make that happen?

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?

How about if you get deployed?

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?

Now we talked about what transitioning Veterans need to consider before starting their own business. What other things do you think they need to think about outside of business as they prepare for transition?

 

Summary

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

  • Formulate your idea into a pitch deck to share with people for feedback
  • If you have an idea, START
  • Use resources like Bunker labs
  • Use the leveling up method to grow rather than waiting on that one big contract or sale
  • Communication is key, especially with a distributed team

Also some general transition tips are

  • Formalize your plan
  • Set short term and long term goals
  • Be proactive and don’t expect anything, you need to compete and work for it

Mentioned tools:

  • Slack (check out the Operation Code channel)
  • Trello
  • LegalZoom

 

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

VC27- VETERAN CONNECTIONS  WITH NICK FORD

VC27- VETERAN CONNECTIONS WITH NICK FORD

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 an Army Veteran that served as a Ranger. He transitioned and is now the President & Founder of Black Dog Merchant Solutions. I would like to welcome Nick Ford.

You can follow Nick here

Website: http://www.blackdogatm.com/

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

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

Twitter: @blackdogatm

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

  • Register your business as a legal entity, this takes it from an idea to a reality
  • Create your webiste so people have a place to find you
  • Learn to let go of money to pay for needed things like a lawyer where you don’t get an immediate payoff for the money spent
  • Learn Time management
  • Attend a Veteran entrepreneur program like Vet2Ceo
  • Do your research before you get started
  • Don’t take shortcuts, do it right
  • https://armyranger.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

VC26- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH JEAN SOUTH

VC26- VETERAN CONNECTIONS SUPPORT SERIES WITH JEAN SOUTH

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.

This episode of the Veteran Connections Support Series is 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 has an interesting background that is a little different than we are used to. She is the daughter of two Army Veterans, she has been a FBI Special Agent that focused on Russian organized crime. After that she worked for General Stan McChrystal who founded the McChrystal Group. She is a Marine spouse and the CEO of Hire Served. I would like to welcome Jean South.

You can follow Jean here

Website: https://hireserved.com/

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

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

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

Twitter: @hireserved

Topics

So your story is a little different as you never served on active duty in the military but you did serve in the FBI and you are a military spouse of a Marine. Your parents must have loved that right!

So I know you have had to deal with transition in your own life. Tell me about your transition experience between the FBI and being a military spouse and how did that impact you as far as starting your own business.

What was it that caused you to start your own business?

Tell me about your company’s mission and how it helps Veterans

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

What is the key to the success of your business?

I know your company helps Veterans by matching them up with great companies…

Are you also going to use your business in some way to 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 or are preparing to start a new career outside the military what action items list would you give them to ensure a smoother transition?

Summary

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

  • We got to hear General McChrystal’s philosophy of Eyes On – Hands Off
  • You can use Slack as a communication platform for your team to communicate
  • I also use Trello which is another great way to collaborate with your team
  • Take action every time- Get the domain, get the LLC, do it now
  • Start writing content, it creates community and helps you clarify your thoughts
  • Be willing to change when needed
  • Join a mastermind
  • Use local entrepreneur programs- Bunker labs or bunker in a box is a great one
  • Listen to podcasts on the subject related to the business that you want to start
  • Get over perfection! Don’t wait to execute until the plan is perfect
  • Be willing to pay for expertise in areas you have no knowledge in
  • Get one or more great mentors

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