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Military Entrepreneurs - New Crowdfunding Rules

Posted by Michael Horn on Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 04:34 PM

As we discuss in Session 6 of class, Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors, there are many forms of raising money that a military veteran must understand. Funding your business can be a complex challenge for military veterans. Crowdfunding is a viable source for some military entrepreneurs. Here Dave Williams and Urvaksh Karkaria at the Atlanta Business Chronicle describe the ever improving status of crowdfunding in Georgia. We encourage military entrepreneurs to research their respective States' crowdfunding laws early in order to evaluate the feasibility of using equity crowdfunding as a primary source of funding their businesses.  

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Tags: Entrepreneurs, alternative funding, Vets, investors

Military entrepreneurs take note - Banks are stepping up lending to small business

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Here is a short article from John Aidan Byrne at the New York Post. In Module 6 of VETToCEO Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors we discuss sources of funding for veteran entrepreneurs. We detail all of the different ways that military veterans can fund their business idea. Many veterans think that a bank loan is the only way to secure funding. In class we find that banks are just one of many sources of capital. This article deals specifically with banks. The Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index offers you great information on loan approval rates for the various lending entities available.

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Tags: VetToCEO.org, vetrepreneur, Vets, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Veteran, Loans

Veteran Entrepreneurs--New SBA FY17 Scorecard Shows Federal Agencies Award Record Breaking $105 Billion in Small Business Contracts

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 @ 07:52 AM

Here is an interesting article by Robb Wong at the SBA.This article is good news for veteran entrepreneurs that participate in Federal Government contracting. Whether or not you believe the numbers that our Federal Government reports on itself, this still shows excellent opportunity for military veterans. In Module 3 of Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors we discuss government contracting and the opportunities available to military veterans. The shear size of the potential market should encourage military entrepreneurs consider government contracting.

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Tags: vetrepreneur, transition, Entrepreneurship, Veteran, military, Small Business, Entrepreneurs

Military Entrepreneurs Take Note -- What Government Loans are Available to Entrepreneurs?

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 08:46 AM

In Module 6 of Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors we discuss the myriad of funding sources available to military entrepreneurs. Here is a great article from Adam C. Uzialko at Business.com that offers some details that are worth some additional research. There are many debt and equity sources of funding to consider that apply to your situation. Consider all of these during your SWOT analysis to find the best sources for you. Remember that funding sources have near term and long term impact on your company.

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Tags: vetrepreneur, Small Business, Vets, Loans, Resources, Veteran

Military Entrepreneurs - Georgia firms raise $27M in venture funding in first quarter of 2018

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 07:28 AM

This article by Urvaksh Karkaria at the Atlanta Business Chronicle describes venture funding in Georgia companies. Military entrepreneurs should check similar data in your locale. As we discuss in class, Entrepreneurship For Transitioning Warriors, finding funding and raising capital is one of many factors that must be understood. The availability of venture capital in your business idea may be key to launching your business. 

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Tags: vetrepreneur, transition, investors, Small Business, Resources

Military Entrepreneurs-Small Business Optimism Reaches 16th Consecutive Month of Historically High Readings

Posted by Michael Horn on Sun, Apr 29, 2018 @ 06:36 PM

 Veterans and transitioning military should consistently gauge the market when planning their leap as entrepreneurs. As we discuss in Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors, markets are constantly changing. The perspective of other entrepreneurs is one of many valuable indicators. Here is a great indicator offered by NFIB that you should include in your decision making process.

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Tags: transition, vetrepreneur, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Vets, Veteran

Military Entrepreneurs-Veteran Business Loans: A Definitive Guide

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 09:57 AM

Our friend Hardy Stone at VetLikeMe.org offers some great loan advice here. In Session 6 of Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors we discuss the different funding sources that military entrepreneurs can use. This concise article lists a few more for veterans. Understanding these sources and those offered by the SBA and others will help you determine the funding source that is right for you. We will discuss this again in class.

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Tags: vetrepreneur, investors, Vets, Loans, alternative funding

Military Entrepreneurs - 7 Tips for Veterans Interested in Starting a Business

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 08:52 AM

In Session 1 of Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors we discussed the different ways that military entrepreneurs can get into business.  Here Jerry Shaw at Newsmax added to a previous post by David Shutler, President and CEO of Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. who writes for Entrepreneur. This excellent article reinforces what we discussed in class. Jerry offers many tips that potential business owners need to consider. Understanding these tips will help you determine whether entrepreneurship is right for you. We will discuss this this again in class.

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Tags: vetrepreneur, Vets, Entrepreneurs, Veteran, Entrepreneurship, startups, Small Business, Franchise, military

Military Entrepreneurs-Understanding business lines of credit-Pt.2

Posted by Michael Horn on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 06:40 AM

In Session 6 of Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Veterans our guest speaker discusses lines of credit as one of several capital sources for military entrepreneurs. Here Marco Terry, managing director of Commercial Capital LLC, shares part two of a two part article about lines of credit. Terry offers many tips business owners need to understand about this valuable sources of funding. Understanding the details will help you determine if a line of credit is right for you.

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Tags: Entrepreneurs, Loans, Veteran, vetrepreneur, Resources

Military Entrepreneurs - Veteran Roll Call Funding Event

Posted by Michael Horn on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

The Veteran Roll Call is an Investor led event, connecting Military Veteran Entrepreneurs, Angel Investors, VC’s, Hedge-Funds and other capital resources. Startup, Early Stage, and Operating companies that are growing and need outside funding will be presenting at this event.The current date for the Veteran Roll Call event is November 8th and 9th, 2017.  Companies wishing to have strong consideration for presenting need to apply/register and be selected on or before October 15, 2017. Presenting companies must complete a gust.com profile and submit a company profile. They will also have 20 minutes for their presentation and Q&A.

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Tags: Entrepreneurs, Resources, VC, angel-investor, investors, startups, vetrepreneur