Top 10 Episodes of 2017!

Since the beginning of the Veteran Connections Podcast I have enjoyed all of the interviews with some really awesome people. They have all showed their dedication and care for our active duty military and Veterans. Some were serious, some were funny, all of them had passion and value.

Here is the list of top episodes listened to in 2017! Make sure have listened to them all!

 

If you would like to learn more about me and why I believe in helping Veterans so much you can listen here:

Thank you for listening! I am looking forward to serving you in 2018, Happy New Year!

VC47- Veteran Connections with Darren Council

VC47- Veteran Connections with Darren Council

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 funny guy that loves to put a smile on peoples faces. He loves family and kids and has a passion for teaching kids of all ages how they can learn something fun and become successful. He is an Army Veteran and the Co-Founder & Executive Producer of Real Life Productions which produces Youth Center Stage, Unscripted DC, Mystery Theater, and more. I would like to welcome Darren Council.

You can follow Darren here

Website: www.reallifeproductionsllc.com and https://www.youthcenterstage.com

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-council-854a114/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rlpevents/ and https://www.facebook.com/youthcenterstage

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rlpllc/ and https://www.instagram.com/youthcenterstage

Twitter: @RLP_Events and @youthcenterstag

Topics

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

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

You went through several jobs after getting out

What was it that caused you to start your business?

Tell us about your company’s mission Real Life Productions

(Unscripted DC, The Game Show- Mystery dinner theater)

Now Youth Center Stage is something else you started that is a branch off of RLP

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

  • Always keep your goal or vision in mind so you don’t get off track
  • Figure out your purpose, your why for starting a business
  • Create a business plan, figuring out the demographic, who are you selling to, and more helps you focus, which helps sales
  • Make sure to have a wow statement, you never know when you will be speaking to an investor
  • Be sure to network, network, network- relationships in business are important
  • Get a team of advisors for feedback and motivation
  • Attend a local 1 Million Cups event to get feedback from other business owners
  • Be on the same page with your spouse, your business will run much smoother

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

Looking Forward To An Exciting Year Of Connecting Veterans in 2018!

Looking Forward To An Exciting Year Of Connecting Veterans in 2018!

Over the last year Veteran Connections has interviewed many great Veteran business owners and passed on tons of valuable knowledge to transitioning Veterans on how to start a business. The demand for knowledge goes well beyond that focus. I have had many conversations and been asked by many Veterans about finding a new career, finding resources, and if I could help them make the right connection.

Of course I am happy to help with all those things, and I do on a regular basis. I am happy to announce that in 2018 the Veteran Connections Podcast will be expanding to talk about these additional areas of interest. So I will continue to interview Veteran business owners but I will additionally be talking about finding jobs, Veteran resources, and non-profits. Some of this will be interviews and some will just be a one on one between you and I. In 2018 I also have a few group interviews planned that should be fun and full of value bombs.

I am looking forward to serving you in 2018! If you are interested in being on a podcast message me. https://veteranconnections.us/join/

If you would like to sponsor the Veteran Connections Podcast and have your company featured on the website and during the podcast then message me and together let’s make 2018 a great year for Veterans! https://veteranconnections.us/join/

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Semper Fi,

Pete

VC46- Veteran Connections with Bruce Benedict

VC46- Veteran Connections with Bruce Benedict

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 on the front line of helping Veterans with translating their military experience into civilian language and making a bulletproof resume. He is an Army Veteran and believes in giving back to Veterans and their families. He served 21 years and retired as a Major. He is the Founder & CEO of Battlefield Resumes. I would like to welcome Bruce Benedict.

You can follow Bruce here

Website: https://www.battlefieldresumes.com/

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/battlefieldresumes

Twitter: @BfResumesLLC

Bruce is a retired US Army Major with a commission from OCS and also served over 7 yrs as a DoD GS-15 Hiring Manager. He is a Certified Federal Résumé Writer, a Certified Federal Career Coach, and Certified Coach, Speaker, and
Trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Bruce collectively has over 29 years of military, the federal government and federal/defense contracting experience. Bruce developed the Battlefield Résumé Methodology (BRM), which has deciphered the federal employment process and cracked the code on military-to-federal employment. By leverages military doctrine and strategy, he created an easily understandable and relatable system that helps lessen the anxiety and stress when transitioning Battlefield Résumés into the Federal Employment.

Topics

Bruce, you served 21 years in the military from right out of high school and during your career, you went from enlisted to officer. Tell me how it all started and what your career in the military was like.

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

So I see you are in Stafford, VA, did you retire there after getting out of the military?

When I was stationed in Quantico I lived in Stafford. I liked it, nice little place. I really want to get back up there and see the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

What was it that caused you to start your business?

Tell us about your company’s mission

Battlefield Resumes not only helps veterans transition their battlefield experience into civilian language but also uses military tactics and doctrine when applying for civilian jobs

I like your tagline: Aim accurately at your next career

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?

Summary

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

  • Networking is essential to starting a business and helps in so many ways like getting those questions answered by those that have been there
  • The main steps for success are determining your target, getting your process down, and figuring out your pricing for your product or service
  • Outline the total cost of the business, money going out and money coming in

This episode with Bruce is so packed with value bombs there are too many to list so be sure to listen!

Are you ready to start a business or find a job? Bruce tells you how to lay it out like a battle plan! He talks about it in terms you already understand!  

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

VC45- Veteran Connections with JJ Hanna

VC45- Veteran Connections with JJ Hanna

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 one of those great guys you just love to work with that is always helping others and bringing a smile to people’s faces. I worked with him for many years in the IT department of a Tampa, FL company until I moved on. He is an Army Veteran and the Owner of The Spice and Tea Exchange of Destin. I would like to welcome JJ Hanna.

You can follow JJ here

Website: https://www.spiceandtea.com/destin.html

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

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

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 business and what you offer

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

  • A franchise is a great way to start a business and get structured help on doing things the right way
  • Customer service is a very important key to success. Put your customers’ needs first because they can ruin you with bad reviews
  • Networking preparation and persistence are required to be successful
  • Keep your focus at all times
  • Write down every detail of your business. It helps to maintain order and plan future strategies
  • Create a digital filing system on your computer to keep all aspects of documenting and planning your business organized
  • A great resource is the SCORE program

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