The Vet Chef: USMC Veteran Aims for Fleet of Food Trucks

USMC Veteran Kyle Gourlie spent his 20th birthday in Iraq. As the final weeks of his seventh-month tour as a machine gunner approached, the Humvee he was atop of was blown up in Ramadi. That moment derailed Gourlie’s military career but propelled him toward a civilian career he would never have anticipated. Today, Gourlie, 32, ...

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8 Best Industries for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen an influx of military veterans transitioning their skills to entrepreneurship. In fact, according to the United States Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, there are approximately 2.52 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S. Additional statistics show the significant impact these veteran-owned businesses have on the American economy, including ...

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Ever thought about owning your own business? Start here.

SPONSORED As a U.S. military veteran, you have a unique set of skills that sets you apart from the rest of the workforce. You may be wondering what’s next for you and your career. And whether you’re planning for the future, diversifying your investments or entering entrepreneurship as a new career track, franchising is certainly ...

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9 Things Veterans Should Know Before Buying a Franchise

When the G.I. Jobs team visits military installations to talk with transitioning service members, many of them share their dreams of starting their own business. Building a business from scratch is tough, even if you have a great idea for a killer product or service. That’s why so many veterans who dream of owning a ...

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Why The Military Is The Best Entrepreneurship Training Program In America

This story was originally posted in Forbes on August 3, 2016 by Mark L. Rockefeller, Co-Founder & CEO   It has a proven track record of teaching leadership, strategic planning, creative problem-solving, task execution, and resiliency—all traits essential to business ownership. It is not a fancy MBA or university program. The organization is the United States military. ...

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How You Can Get the Most Out of Owning Your Own Business

Attention veterans and even military spouses! If military life has taught you how to execute procedures, has honed your leadership skills and convinced you that giving orders is better than receiving them—especially that last part—then the franchise life is for you. Unlike mom-and-pop businesses, franchise owners do not have to devise a concept and build ...

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What I Learned from Patriot Boot Camp

This post originally appeared on the Candl Blog on July 8, 2016 In June, I traveled to Austin, TX to attend an event called Patriot Boot Camp sponsored by TechStars. Patriot Boot Camp, or “PBC”, is a 3-day intensive program designed to give military veteran entrepreneurs access to some of the same mentors, classes, workshops, and resources ...

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5 Proven Steps to Starting Your Veteran-Owned Business

This article is an excerpt from the award-winning book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur.  “Veteran entrepreneurs are America’s most untapped and highly skilled economic development resource that we should immediately start empowering.” - Jack Nadel  Since the beginning of my career, I have been creating and refining what I call the “Nadel Method,” outlining five steps ...

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5 Essentials for Veterans Launching Technology Startups

Military veteran Chuck Wallace began his career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, teaching undergraduates to fly planes in Texas. In 1999, after 12 years in the Air Force, he defied the odds, co-founding online insurance service Esurance on the brink of the dot com bust. The business not only survived, it thrived, going on ...

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Are You A Veteran Entrepreneur Looking For Help? Read This First.

“One of these days I’ll start my own veteran-owned business, but I need assistance.” This is a common thought a lot of aspiring veteran entrepreneurs have. But so few of us actually take the chance and break out on our own. Any time you tinker around with your ability to afford housing and clothing, you’re ...

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