Hi this is Pete Blum with the first episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast. 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. As Co-Host of another podcast FloridaGovCon.com I did an episode called Attracting Military Veterans (episode 14). I broke down how small business desiring to hire Veterans could find them and retain them.
But I wanted to do more!
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 Mike Stojic. Mike is the host and creator of the Make It A Double Podcast and Founder of Revival 1869, Revival 1869 is a craft cocktail & whiskey bar & lounge opening up in March 2017 in Clayton, NC
Mike is also a Marine Corps Veteran and besides being Marine brothers what attracted me to Mike is his strong desire to connect with people and find happiness even in bad situations. This aligns well with the Veteran Connections mission to help connect small businesses and Veterans and help them through making connections. Businesses are looking for Veterans, transitioning Veterans are looking for new careers, and Veteran business owners help bridge this gap with their knowledge and experience at both ends of this spectrum.
You can follow Mike here
Podcast (Make it a Double!): http://makeitadouble.podbean.com/
Transition from the military
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?
In this episode with Mike we had some really great advice for you to take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
All Veterans be sure to take advantage of the Boots To Business program. This is offered as an add on option to the TAPS class.
- Be sure to study up on what it is you want to do before starting your business
- White board your ideas
- Planning is key to an effective startup and launch
- Proper budgeting is critical for success
- Be sure to get your new business involved in the community
- Stay fresh to keep your business alive
- Embrace social media
- Network in your community and with other businesses
- Avoid falling in love with your plan so much that you are not flexible
- Keep your ego in check, you don’t know everything
- Listen to others, all feedback has some value
- Know your passion so you will love what you do
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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