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


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?


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)


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