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.
VetToCEO announces that enrollment is now open for its 21st Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors cohort. This 7-week, online program will have a focus on franchising as a route to becoming a veteran entrepreneur. Join us as our facilitators and guest speaker cadre guide participants through a business planning curriculum tailored for those of us with military experience. Our sessions are online and collaborative.
Join a program for which over 1,000 active military and veterans have previously registered. The program is free for active military and veterans. Among the benefits:
- Still active or a veteran just interested in exploring entrepreneurship? Join us. Kick the tires. See if entrepreneurship is right for you.
- Already have a business? Join us and learn how to improve your business. Learn from our experienced fellow veteran guest speakers.
- Don't know anything about business? Who cares. You didn't know anything about the military before you joined either. You'll get a well-rounded orientation to what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
- Broke? No capital? Don't let that stop you. We'll cover the variety of funding sources available. There's more than you think - a lot more than just a bank loan.
- Deployed or have a day job? No worries. You're welcome in our program. Live sessions occur each week at 7 pm EST. These live sessions are recorded for those in challenging time zones.
Approximately 1% of us serve our Nation under arms, yet 9% of the small businesses in this country are owned by veterans. Coincidence? Probably not. Apply your leadership and decision-making skills to creating your own destiny as a civilian. Discover how your military skills translate into the core DNA we need as entrepreneurs to be successful.
The program is free for active military and veterans. Click here to learn more and sign up today!
We've been working with hundreds of fellow veterans and active duty members of the military since VetToCEO was launched in 2013. As a result of our work, we often get asked for our opinion about how military service translates into skills needed for success as an entrepreneur. In other words, why would a veteran have any better chance of being successful than a non-veteran? Good question!
VetToCEO is offering its Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors Program. This program starts on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. This 7-week, online program is free for veterans and current members of the military. The highly interactive program includes great guest speakers. You will join a group of fellow qualified veterans and active duty military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or developing their business concept. The goal of the program is to help veterans develop a fund-able business plan and then introduce qualified participants to funding sources.
Kent Hoover, Business Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief, passed on some excellent information here. Veterans and transitioning military considering entrepreneurship need as many sources of funding as possible. Here is an excellent tool for finding funding. This is a valuable sourcing tool to use in Module 6 of the Entrepreneurship for Trainsitioning Military Program. Remember that funding for your business opportunity is available to veterans and transitioning military. The challenge is finding the sources that are right for you.
As of March 19th, we have 50 veterans signed up for our 17th Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors Group that starts May 31st! Our goal for this group is at least 200 participants. The more the merrier!
Here is an informative short article by Mark Gurley, the CEO and co-founder of Rebounderz Franchise and Development. This article from the Atlanta Business Chronicle offers veterans some key points to consider when contemplating the entrepreneur path.
Gurley writes ---- Some people think that being an entrepreneur is easy because you get to be your own boss and make your own schedule.
Sometimes it is, especially when you have a passion for your work and business.
But most of the time, being an entrepreneur and business owner is easier said than done.
The entrepreneurial journey takes persistence and patience — and it often takes a lot more than someone who hasn’t taken it can imagine.
Here are my top seven things every entrepreneur needs to consider before taking the leap into business ownership.
1. It requires 10 times more work than you think.
For whatever reason, it’s always harder than you imagine. I love the quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Like raising children, being an entrepreneur is hard work and perhaps the most demanding and rewarding job you’ve ever had. In addition, the job is never really done. There’s always more work to do, and there’s always another phase in the life of your business — and your child.
2. You must be persistent.
It is okay to fail. You learn more from failure. Experiencing failure allows you to make adjustments and improve. Being determined and knowing how to fail forward — or move forward in a positive way — helps to make these failures okay.
3. It helps to tune out the negativity.
You find out that everyone has an opinion, and the more successful you are, the more people will criticize you. Develop a support system that encourages you to push yourself and encourages your ideas and your journey. You need people in your corner to silence the naysayers and the negativity.
4. You must have the ability to focus on the big picture, while still focusing on the details.
For many companies, the details matter the most in becoming successful. For example, ensuring you have clean bathrooms in your office is a small detail that can make a huge impact and will allow you to focus on the bigger picture — getting customers back in the business.
5. You need to know how to delegate.
Creating a team that can assist you in moving tasks forward and getting projects completed is important. This allows you to focus on the bigger picture items. I’m known as the visionary, while my co-founder handles operations and processes. To increase our success, I need to focus on what I do best and delegate the rest.
6. It requires knowing when to stop working in the business and start working on the business.
Learning to delegate is a critical step in this process. Once you can do that, you can then confidently focus on reaching your goals and dreams for your business.
7. You should lead by example and lead from the front.
I believe in leading from the front. While my team is working on the here and now, I’m actively working several months ahead of them and several months ahead of our company. Because I can anticipate what’s next, I’m forging ahead and making advance preparations. My team is never waiting for me to do my job. Instead, I’m anticipating future needs, providing the resources and moving quickly to pave the way for my team to be successful.
Every entrepreneur’s journey is a little different and yet we all have the same goal: to create a successful business and business model that can sustain growth and provide jobs to the American people. These tips are a resource for budding entrepreneurs as they start their journeys.