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What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Throughout history there have been wars and rumors of war.  War is as much a part of the human experience as breathing.  Memorial Day perhaps has its origins in Richmond, Virginia and was formerly known as Decoration Day.  It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.  By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

That is all I will contribute to the history lesson on Memorial Day.  I will however, ask a simple question, “What does Memorial Day mean to you?”  Is it time to break out the grill and celebrate the beginning of summer?  Is it the official signal that the NBA finals are almost over and FOOTBALL is just around the corner?  Is it a reminder that you still need to loose that last 15 pounds or so before you can show that beach body you spent all winter working on?

I am old enough to remember when members of different communities would gather to clear off and clean up cemeteries where their family members were laid to rest.  Actually, those times are probably my first memories of Memorial Day.  Time has a way of washing away traditions like that.

As we prepare for the coming long weekend, I ask that we pause to remember those great Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the freedoms to celebrate this and other holidays as we choose.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

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How do I Show Up? Three little words.

How do I show up?  Have you ever asked that question of yourself?  Yes?  That’s awesome!  Better still, have you ever answered that question?  If you did, how truthful were you?  We can lie to any and everybody else, but we can’t lie to ourselves.  Knowing how you show up is really important, especially when you’re looking for potential business partners or in need of referrals.

The National Veterans Conference is just around the corner and upwards of 6,000 attendees are projected to be in the Motor City the last week in June.  Most of the usual suspects will be there, of course the federal, state and perhaps even some local buyers will be on hand too.  When you get the opportunity to walk the floor, how will you show up to the people you meet?

As you swiftly move from breakout session to breakout session and traverse the corridors of the Cobo Convention Center, how will you show up to the people you meet?  What three words do you want people to think when they see you?  What do you want people to think about you after they spend time with you?  What three things are you willing to commit to doing to ensure your pre and post National Veterans Conference experiences are powerful?

 

See you on the high ground!

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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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“The Art of Fighting without Fighting”

All you movie buffs out here will recognize the line above from Bruce Lee’s epic, “Enter the Dragon.”  Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly’s characters had just flown to Hong Kong and boarded the ship headed to Mr. Han’s Island for the world’s greatest karate tournament and fights.  Anyway, Bruce Lee is challenged by a bully to fight on the ship.  His challenger asks, “What is your style anyway,” to which Bruce responds, “The Art of Fighting without Fighting.”

So how do we fight injustice like the VA’s Senior Procurement Executive, Mr. Jan R. Frye’s arbitrary and capricious abuse of power in totally ignoring and disobeying Public Law 109-461?  Apparently Mr. Frye thinks he is above the law.  Others have wrongly believed they were above the law, only to find they are not.  The question is what are we going to do about this abuse of power and the crushing impact it has on the “Veterans First Contracting Program” at VA?  Allow me to suggest that we use “The Art of Fighting without Fighting.”

We have elected officials that represent us!  They have the power, the means and the access to quickly influence, change or stop this kind of non-sense.  Since none of us can directly take on Mr. Frye and his anti-Veteran actions, let’s allow our elected officials to work on our behalf.  Allow them an opportunity to earn their pay.  Allow them an opportunity to show us why they should continue to receive our votes.  Give them a call, write them a letter, send them an email or whatever you have to do to, but do something to make them understand your displeasure with these events.  This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, especially from a fellow Veteran.

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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