VC40- Veteran Connections with Steve Webley

VC40- Veteran Connections with Steve Webley

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 connected with today’s guest on LinkedIn and run into him at Veteran networking events. He is a hard charger that has started his business while still on active duty. He is currently a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and has served 29 years so far. He is the Founder & CEO of Webley On The Go. I would like to welcome Steve Webley.

Website: http://www.webleyonthego.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/webley-steve-37251a142/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/webleyonthego

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

Twitter: @WebleyOnTheGo

Email: INFO@WEBLEYONTHEGO.COM

Phone: 813-586- 0235

Steven Webley enlisted the Army in 1988 and served as a Military Police. He deployed multiple times from Desert Storm to Iraqi Freedom.

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, Military Police Investigator (MPI), Corrections/Detention Specialist, Conventional Physical Security/Crime Prevention Specialist, Crime & Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Police Transition Team, Antiterrorism Officer, Protective Services Officer (PSO), Antiterrorism Evasive Driver, and Security Manager

US DECORATIONS/BADGES

Bronzes Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal (Expeditionary), Global War on Terrorism Medal (Service), NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait), Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and Parachute Badge

As he prepares to retire, he has started his own company, Webley On The Go.

Webley On The Go (WOTG) is a veteran-family owned and operated mobile multimedia and entertainment company. WOTG services the Tampa/St. Petersburg area with the ability to travel statewide.

Topics

So tell me a little bit about what you do in the military and what your career has been like up till now.

It sounds like you are ready to retire and have started the transition process. What transition steps have you taken to get ready for civilian life?

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

Starting a business while still in the military means working twice as hard while wearing two hats. How do you manage to do that and make 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?

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

  • While still in the military and starting your own business it is especially critical to manage your time and pay attention to detail as you don’t want to cross any lines that could lead to trouble.
  • In a community where there is already a tight network of people who work together it is even more important to engage with that community so that you can become one of those people.
  • You must be passionate about your business.

Additional advice!

  • Be sure to take care of all medical, dental, and other similar things before getting out.

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

VC39- Veteran Connections with Lisa Mazza

VC39- Veteran Connections with Lisa Mazza

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 heard about today’s guest and her business from the director of Operation Startup Tampa Bay and let me tell you today is going to be one sweet episode! She is an Army Veteran who served for 21 years. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Baker, Bakery Boutique. I would like to welcome Lisa Mazza.

You can follow Lisa here

Website: http://www.bakeryboutiquesweets.com/

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

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

11127 North Dale Mabry

Carrollwood, FL 33618

813-368-9735

First of all I have to tell you that I love the Marine Corps cake I saw on your website. It’s awesome and I am putting a picture of it in the podcast show notes! I have to tell you though I think my son would like the fidget spinner cake the best. Does it really spin?

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

  • Having the right partner is a great way to balance the needs of a business in areas where you might not be an expert
  • There is a lot of red tape when getting permits for a product based business like a bakery so do your research and know what you need.
  • Be very careful with your money and have some reserves for when something breaks.
  • Be flexible and willing to pivot so you meet the needs of your customer and continue to be successful
  • As you plan define the building blocks of your business like what, why, and how, managing, staffing, and other requirements
  • Life is sweet so don’t be afraid to take a bite

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