Veterans Business Resources

a portal for all Veterans and SDV Small Business Owners

Mission Essential Task List (METL) and the Business Plan

The format and concept of the outline and the Mission Essential Task List (METL) is essentially the same.  Each list a major task that must be accomplished then list smaller sub-tasks under those major tasks.  Unlike in the METL, where smaller sub-tasks are accomplished by subordinate units, in the outline, the smaller sub-tasks will be accomplished by you or members of your T.E.A.M.

Take for example the Business Plan outline.  It lists several major tasks and under each of those tasks are several sub-tasks.  If you have ever had occasion to be involved in training or help develop a unit’s METL, you can certainly develop your company’s Business Plan.  Like the METL, the Business Plan lays out the path to develop and grow from where you currently are to where you want to be.

Both documents are extremely important to the success of our organizations.  Both are living, breathing, dynamic documents that must be used, evaluated and updated as necessary.  Both documents help ensure we get to our desired end-state in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  Your military experience prepared you for many, many things – business ownership is just one of them.


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Rules of the Road and Government Contracting

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had a math instructor that told me, “Mr. Woods, you have to know the Rules of the Road before you can travel.”  Since I was not a very good math student, it took me a little longer to fully grasp what he was saying to me.  But, when I got, I got it and I’ve remembered his lesson all these years later.

The same message is true for our foray into Government Contracting as well.  We too must understand and know the “Rules of the Road” as they relate to Veterans and other Small Business types contracting with the government.  The goal is to ultimately KNOW these rules, but at a minimum, we must know where to find the answers.

When contracting personnel give you weak excuses why something can’t happen, you need to know where to go to find out if what you were told is correct.  You need to know what you’re entitled to and how to demand it.  You need to know what to do when you lose a bid/proposal.  You need to know who to speak to if you run into a roadblock at one level (think chain of command).  Everybody works for somebody.

Here are a few resources you will find useful:

  1. They are FAR Part 19; that covers all of the Small Business Programs.  You can read and learn about only your particular business type or learn about them all.
  2. FAR Part 19.1405 discusses the “Rule of 2”
  3. And 13 CFR 121 – 127 give you more information and details about the Small Business Programs.

Take time to review this information.  It will serve you well.  Share your experiences with us so all of us grow stronger and more knowledgeable.

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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.”


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The Art of Self Promotion

Have you ever wondered how and why some VOSBs are always in the news and always winning some coveted award or special recognition?  Sure you have, we all have.  Ever wondered what they are doing that you’re not doing?  After all, they couldn’t possibly be working any harder to be successful than you’re working.  Maybe it’s the people.  Yeah that’s it, it’s the people.  They have better people than you do – and – they’re super human too?!  Not!  While it is possible another company’s people might be better than yours, chances are they are not.

The above scenario plays itself out countless times during the life of some VOSBs.  Another principle or technique learned during my Network Marketing days is “set yourself on fire and people will come from miles around just to see you burn”.  Translation – furious action or intense activity will attract crowds of people and attention to you.  That is a true statement.  Even if not completely true, you can carefully suggest to people that it is true.  Cause them to believe “you’re the best thing since sliced bread”.  Self promote, self promote, self promote.

What does this look like?  How do you get all the ink that you need and desire?  Here are just a couple examples.  1.  Find special awards and nominate yourself for them, don’t wait on someone else to do it!  Take charge!  2.  Write your own press releases and ensure all the right agencies and all the right publications receive them!  If you wait for other people to do these things for you, some of you will be waiting a very long time.

Remember, he who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooteth!



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