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 takes saving Veterans lives seriously. Even off the battlefield and after transition out of the military Veterans struggle with purpose and fitting in, some commit suicide. Our guest lost friends to suicide and decided to do something about it. He is bringing Veterans together in an environment where they can get strong, help each other, and get to know their community. He is dedicated to doing everything he can in the fight against Veteran suicide. He is a Navy Veteran and the Founder & CEO of Lift For The 22. I would like to welcome Carter Davis.
You can follow Carter here
So right off the bat I just want to say your mission means a lot to me. Most of us know that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide and that is a number we would like to see go down to zero.
When Veterans like yourself make it your mission to address the problem it gives hope to those who have no place to go or no one to talk to.
It was great meeting you and Tommy at the A Warriors Mind event in Tampa Florida. I was there with Racing4Vets, another organization whose mission is to bring Veterans together and stop Veteran suicide. Racing to save 22 Veterans a day.
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
We talked about you expanding in Tampa Florida and you have Tommy, who is also a Navy Veteran on board for that. Can you tell us when that is happening?
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 Carter we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
- Know why you want to start your business
- Start with writing your ideas down until you come up with something innovating, you want to be a game changer and not just one of the many trying to do the exact same thing
- Gain experience in what you want to do by learning from someone else in the industry, you could either work in that industry or get a mentor in that industry
- Start your business in an industry you understand
- Build a great team that you can trust
A Warriors Mind- http://www.awarriorsmind.com/
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