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8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is just around the corner.  As of this writing, it is slightly more than 2 months away.  I am especially excited about attending the conference again this year as the organizers are projecting over 6,000 participants will attend.  Detroit, here we come!

The National Veterans Conference continues to grow each year.  That means that more and more Veterans are accepting the Vetrepreneur calling and starting and growing businesses.  Many important topics will be discussed at this year’s conference.  I doubt any discussions will be more passionate than those around the SD/VOSB verification process and the Veterans First Contracting Program.

The Veteran Owned Business movement is gaining momentum and more and more people are supporting the Buy Veteran campaign.  The country and big business are warming to the idea that Small Business in general and Veteran-Owned Small Business specifically is the economic engine that will drive our recovery.

The Obama administration has placed special emphasis on training programs aimed at teaching Veterans how to start, grow and run successful businesses.  There are a number of Veteran Entrepreneurship Training programs around the country that provide quality training.  One of the better programs is right here in Dallas – Momentum Texas, Inc.

There will be more information and discussion about the National Veterans Conference, as we get closer to the actual event.  In the meantime, “keep your powder dry.”

 

See you on the high ground! 

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Oxygen Thieves and Your Veteran-Owned Small Business

An “Oxygen Thief” is someone that serves no positive purpose.  They just suck up good, fresh air that positive, forward thinking, success oriented people need.  We have all experienced these people.  Without exception, those experiences have always been bad, especially for us.  These are the people that seem to hang around just to rain on your parade.  They bring you down with their constant negative energy. 

These people wear many different disguises.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Most look like normal people.  They might even come in the form of your good friend or business partner.  You know, the person that always sees the glass as half empty and never half full.  Often, their mere presence can suck the life out of a room filled with people.  

Nothing in their lives is ever right and they try to convince you that nothing is all that great in your life either.  The people always content with accepting the status quo.  If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  The people never wanting to strive to achieve the next level of success.  The people never wanting to take a chance at something better and worse still, discouraging you from taking a chance at something better.  

Take inventory of your life, if you are not achieving your goals and dreams, there just might be an “Oxygen Thief” somewhere in the picture.  As long as you allow these people to hang around you will always continue to struggle and doubt yourself.  Dare to be bold enough to make positive changes in your life; distance yourself from your “Oxygen Thief” get refocused and back on track.  Surround yourself with positive, productive people. 

 

See you on the high ground!

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Truth Tellers in Your Veteran-Owned Small Business

You have been in business for a while now and things are great! At least, you’ve gotten past those early years.  You know the ones – the ones when everything you have ever read or ever been told about business ownership – the years when your Veteran-Owned Small Business can fail.

Growth has doubled every year for the past 5 years.  You have been able to expand into 3 new territories.  You have hired 47 new full-time employees and on occasion have used the services of temporary staffing agencies to provide helpers during peak volume seasons.  You have really done well.  You even have some of your old Army buddies on your staff.

You learned all about the Chain of Command long ago and decided to use that model in your own business.  Meaning, everyone had less rank that you, clearly establishing you as the commander.  Everyone up and down the chain is laser focused and dedicated to the mission.  Most of your employees are as committed to the company’s success as you are – what could be better?

As the owner and defacto commander, the buck stops with you.  You never have any problems getting complete buy-in from your other officers and staff.  Your ideas are ALWAYS right – right?  Not so fast.  No one is ALWAYS right.  Let me suggest you need some Truth Tellers on your team.  People that are willing to stand up to you and call foul when something doesn’t make sense.  We all need these people in our businesses and in our lives.

 

See you on the high ground!    

 

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Being Busy verses Being Effective in your Veteran-Owned Small Business

You come to work early and go home late, everyday. You’re busy from the moment you walk in until you turn the lights off at night.  Your business still is not running on all cylinders.  What more can you do?  Each night when you go home, you’re spent, completely exhausted.  There has got to be a better way.  Yep, there is, and we’re going to help you find it.

First thing first, get organized.  You must get and stay organized.  File or action all the stacks of paper on your desk.  Write out your “To Do” list the night before so your efforts will be focused and organized for the next day.  This way you don’t waste time the next morning trying to remember what you’re suppose to be doing.

Use the O.H.I.O. rule everywhere and every time you can.  Only Handle It Once.  It is important to say here that an action passed is not an action completed.

There can be great temptation to put out fires all day, but does that advance your efforts to build a world-class business?  Learn to prioritize all the things that must be done during the course of the day.  Identify all the things that MUST be done by you – when possible delegate everything else.

Brian Tracy says “eat that frog” everyday.  Do the most difficult tasks first thing everyday and stick with it until the task is complete.  I know you will soon see your production go way up.

See you on the high ground!         

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