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 has made it her mission to fight Veteran unemployment. She has been involved in many national and local veteran hiring initiatives and outreach programs. She is the daughter of an Army Veteran and has two brothers that also served in the Army. She is the Co-Founder & President of Vet2Tech. I would like to welcome Carol Multack.

You can follow Carol here

Website: http://vet2tech.org/

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

Twitter: @Vet2Tech

Topics

Carol What ties you to the military and wanting to help Veterans? You didn’t start out doing this kind of work at all right?

What was it that caused you to start your own business?

Tell me about your company’s mission and how it helps Veterans

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

What is the key to the success of your business?

Are you also 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 or are preparing to start a new career outside the military what action items list would you give them to ensure a smoother transition?

Summary

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

  • First do your research and identify a need in an industry you are interested in before starting a business because you can’t succeed if there is not a need
  • As an employer or Veteran business owner learn about the tax credits you get for hiring Veterans. It’s a real plus to have Veterans on your team for more reasons than just the excellent qualities that they bring to the table.
  • Persistence and passion are critical to success
  • Don’t spread yourself or your company to thin or you will not be able to meet or handle the needs of your customers
  • Grow slowly, don’t try to rush success. It does not happen overnight.

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