Attention female veterans!  Are you interested in starting a technology business?  If so, you may want to find out more and consider participating in next week’s first ever hackathon for female veterans.

What’s a hackathon you ask?  A hackathon is a full day business and app development competition.  The event’s goal is to invite returning veterans to be part of a team focused on building successful startups and to foster a community of veteran entrepreneurship.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be participating in the event, Women-VetsInTech Hackathon @ Facebook, as a keynote speaker.  The event will be held at the Facebook Campus, Bldg 15, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA on Monday August 25th from 9am to 8pm.

To find out more information or sign up, please visit http://t.co/FDY7G48Yjn.

SCOREOn August 14, 2014 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of SCORE.

SCORE, a coalition of experienced and successful businessmen, was officially launched in 1964 as the Service Corps of Retired Executives by then SBA administrator Eugene Foley. From the start, the group was dedicated to the education of entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE mentors have achieved this goal by providing resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

Today, SCORE consists of more than 11,000 mentors, serving every state in the country. These men and women share invaluable small business wisdom with today’s small business owners. They help with writing business plans, preparing for obtaining business loans and help small business owners manage their revenue, handle their cash flow and market themselves to build their customer base and hopefully go from small businesses to big businesses.

In its half century existence, the coalition became a non-profit organization and dropped the acronym, but SCORE volunteers are still carrying out the original mission of passing their knowledge on to future generations of American entrepreneurs and innovators. Over the five decades, the volunteers have given back because they’ve accumulated a lifetime’s worth of expertise and have chosen to share what they’ve learned with the people of their communities. Their dedication has helped an estimated 10.5 million entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

See how the mentors at SCORE can help you and your small business at www.score.org

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: 50 Years of SCORE: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Colorado District Office

Presented by: South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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How do I get started with Government Contracting? What is the difference between commercial contracting and government contracting? What is a contract? How are “set-aside” contracts and goals determined?
In this course, participants will learn the ins and outs about government contracting. Participants will also be introduced to the external agencies such as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, (PTAC) which work with the SBA and Federal Contractors to help award contracts to small businesses.

Speaker(s): Charles Aycock ~ US Small Business Administration

Co-Sponsor(s): South Metro Small Business Development Center

*Registered persons will receive webinar login information at least 24 hours before the webinar.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014  9 am – 10:30 am Mountain time

WHERE:  Online – webinar

HOW: Registration is free, but required: click here to register

Questions: nharden@bestchamber.com

Boots to Business Reboot

In keeping with the its commitment to Veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has sponsored the Boots to Business program. As Veterans transition to civilian life, the Boots to Business program has offered training courses to make their dreams of business ownership a reality.

The widely popular “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” is a program offered to future entrepreneurs while they’re still in uniform, as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum for “Boots to Business: from Service to Startup” was designed to introduce concepts, information and resources about business ownership to transitioning service members. Along with the education, the program also connects service members to crucial resources in their local communities.

The SBA has added an additional curriculum to their program. “Boots to Business: Reboot,” is an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans that is being hosted in twelve locations across the country.

Each session will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day course, titled Introduction to Entrepreneurship, led by the SBA’s resource partners, as well as industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF).

“Boots to Business: Reboot” will introduce Veteran entrepreneurs to the basics of business ownership.  The curriculum will lead Veterans through evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. “Boots to Business: Reboot” will also connect participating Veterans to a network of business support contacts by introducing them to the SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach centers, Women’s Business centers, Small Business Development centers and SCORE counselors.

At the conclusion of the two-day training, Veteran entrepreneurs will be eligible to register for an eight-week online course called “Foundations of Entrepreneurship.” This program is led by instructors from IVMF, and offers Veterans in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan, as well as techniques and advice for starting their own businesses.

After completing “Boots to Business: Reboot,” and “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”  Veteran entrepreneurs will possess the tools and knowledge needed to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources, and launch their own small businesses.

The “Boots to Business: Reboot” events run through Aug. 25-26.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 1 – 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information and to register for events Veterans interested in business ownership are encouraged to visit www.boots2businessreboot.org

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: New Boots to Business Program: By Debbie Gregory

CEO’s Compass

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The CEO’s Compass has four strategic steps for monitoring and measuring the tactical business activities for staying ‘On-Course’. The business model serves as an on-going continuous improvement process. The check points / steps are specifically designed  for redefining and refining the business activities.

Steps for Attaining and Sustaining Success:

Step I: (Due North)         Finalizing the Business Activities

Developing a comprehensive business plan / contingency plan, clarifying the vision and mission statements, establishing the strategic plan (long-term) and the tactical activities (short-term)

Step II: (Due East)         Monitoring the business Activities

Defining and refining all the critical business activities and the costs that impact the success of the business plan. To achieve profitability, it is important to develop a method for calculating a return-on-investment as well as the unexpected costs arising from worst case scenarios.

Step III:  (Due South)   Measuring the Business Activities

Designing and implementing a performance tracking system to measure results. The system monitors and measures all the business activities and gathers data on performance, productivity and profitability.

Step IV: (Due West)     Changing the Business Activities

Reviewing and implementing the data gathered (results / information) the business owner can make timely and cost-effective changes to the business plan. Most changes will be made in the areas of staffing, procedures, processes, materials, and technology as well as.

DEFINE AND REFINE

The model is simple. It is designed so the business owner can capitalize on the data gathered and maximize the potential of his people, products /services, customers and company. But, like all systems, it is not the system that fails; it is the individual who fails to use the system. Therefore, real success does lie in the slogan Discipline or Disaster: It’s Your Choice!

 

Nick Callazzo has more than 30 years of experience consulting to banks, insurance companies and financial institutions as well as coaching executives to help them improve their personal and professional performance. In 1985, Mr. Callazzo founded Resource Specialists, a consulting group that focuses primarily on helping companies identify behaviors that impeded either organizational or personal success. A former U.S. Marine, Mr. Callazzo is currently working with FastTrac’s Entrepreneurial program for veterans in order to help them improve their business acumen and, possibly, their profit margins.