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.
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.
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.
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.
Rice University in Houston, TX is conducting its fourth annual Veterans Business Battle on April 13-14 2018. In order to compete, each applicant must do the following:
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.
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 one 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.
This article by Urvaksh Karkaria at the Atlanta Business Chronicle describes small businesses selling nationwide and the information my very well apply to your locale. As we discuss in class, Entrepreneurship For Transitioning Warriors, when a veteran considers buying a business there are many factors that must be understood. One of those is the changing market for businesses. Prices and values rise and fall just like with other commodities. It is important for veterans to understand these price and value changes. Factor the changes into the decision-making process of whether and when to buy an existing business rather than starting from scratch.
As we discuss in Session 6 of class, Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors, venture capital investment is one of the many forms of raising money that a military veteran must understand. Funding your business can be a complex challenge for military veterans. There are various sources of funding available. The challenge is determining which source is the best for you. Here Urvaksh Karkaria at the Atlanta Business Chronicle describes the status of venture capital in Atlanta in 2Q17. You may not be in the Atlanta area, but the information my very well apply to your locale.