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
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.
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?
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)
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