The Veteran Hardscape Revolution

8 Reasons To Write A Business Plan For Your StoneMakers Business

Posted by Roderick Molleur on Fri, May, 17, 2013 @ 07:05 AM

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You’ve probably heard the adage “Failing to plan is a plan for failure.”  Take a look at the time you’ve invested at StoneMakers Academy and the StoneMakers Veteran opportunity.  As a veteran, there are resources available from the SBA and the Boots 2 Business program.  There a low cost loans available through the Patriot Express loan program.   Why not take advantage and jump start your business?

 

Remember back in your high school days and facing the task of writing a 25 page term paper? If you were like most of us, the mere thought of this project brought you to your knees.

 

Skip forward to today. You've decided to become an entrepreneur starting your StoneMakers business and seeking funding to grow your company. You come to the realization that you are going to have to write a business plan to move your company forward. Actually, the thought of writing a business plan might likely conjure up memories of preparing term papers during those high school days.

 

Admittedly, developing a business plan takes a lot of work. However, the business planning process has so much to teach you about your business and the opportunity in front of you that it is well worth the time and effort required to see the process through to the end.

 

The benefits of the business planning process include:

 

  • ·         Offering you a three hundred and sixty degree view of your company, allowing you to examine its practicality and potential for success and growth .
  • ·         A business plan is powerful tool for making sure that you and your operations team are committed to the same objectives by pushing individuals to balance out any differences they may have into a specific strategy.
  • ·         A business plan is an excellent method of communicating your perspective, objective, beliefs and goals to the individuals that will help grow your business – associates, clients, workers and financial istitutions.
  • ·         Helps businesses gain a more in depth understanding of the possibilities and obstacles in their market and sector, and create approaches and strategies that will specifically respond to customer needs.
  • ·         Your enterprise has competitors, and in the long run your success will be determined by how you set your business apart from that of your competition. A business plan enables you with valuable competitive knowledge and enables you identify how to differentiate your goods, services and to create your unique selling proposition.
  • ·         The better you comprehend your small business the more successful you will be in creating the right operations team for your company. The business landscape is littered with companies with great products and solutions and huge marketplaces that either didn’t make it or didn’t arrive at their potential due to the fact they lacked the ideal skills, ability or practical experience to capitalize upon its opportunity.
  • ·         A well-considered business plan will formulate a detailed approach and time-line for execution and functions of the business in the beginning and emerging stages of development.
  • ·         Enables you to take a look at “what-if” situations and generate secondary plans should your Plan A turn out differently than you initially expected – a circumstance which takes place quite regularly.

 

Appreciate the business planning process. Take time to write a business plan that you are excited to put your name on. It is well worth the hard work.

Topics: SBA, business planning, Stonemakers veteran training, boots to business. Patriot Express

Veteran Entrepreneurship: Leveraging The Services Of The SBA

Posted by Roderick Molleur on Thu, Apr, 11, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

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So you’ve decided that working for yourself will give you the greatest control of your future.  If you’ve attended StoneMakers Academy, you’ve positioned yourself in a lucrative and growing niche market.  Consumer demand for outdoor living areas continues to grow, and the StoneMakers system for hardscape construction addresses customer needs of customization and affordability.  If this is your first endeavor, what steps do you need to take to create a viable business for years to come?  How do you meet the challenges, as well as reap the rewards, of owning your own business?

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As a veteran entrepreneur, you’ve got resources available to you, free of charge, from the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA provides free Internet and individual face-to-face counseling for small businesses as well as low-cost training to first-time entrepreneurs.  "We can help accelerate the learning curve that comes with owning a business," says William Elmore, Associate Administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development. "We have business development assistance in three primary areas: technical assistance, business financing and government contracting programs."

When starting a new business, there are a few key areas you’ll need to plan for.  These include:


·         Creating a business plan

·         Marketing

·         Financing

·         Administrative

·         Legal

·         Hiring employees

The SBA has Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) that offer assistance in outreach, assessment, long and short-term business training, counseling, directed referring, and online assistance to veterans, service disabled veterans, and Reserve business owners and entrepreneurs. Details on individual outreach centers are below.

 

REGION I  (Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire):

Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Lawrence, Massachusetts

http://www.nevbrc.org 

 

REGION II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands):

State University of New York SUNY at Farmingdale

Albany, New York

http://www.nyssbdc.org/services/veterans/veterans.html

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey

http://www.njvetbiz.com/

 

REGION III (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia):

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

http://www.hrvboc.com

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

http://www.vetbizmidatlantic.org

 

REGION IV (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina):

University of West Florida, Pensacola

Pensacola, Florida

http://vboc.org

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

http://www.uncfsu.edu/sbe/vboc.htm

 

REGION V (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana):

VetBiz Central

Flint, Michigan

http://www.vetbizcentral.com

 

REGION VI (Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma):

University of Texas - Pan American

Edinburg, Texas

http://www.utpa.edu/vboc

New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services

Santa Fe, New Mexico

http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/vetpro.html

Southwest Louisiana Business Development Center

Jennings, Louisiana

http://www.lvboc.com

 

REGION VII (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska):

Veterans Advocacy Foundation

Saint Louis, Missouri

http://www.vetbiz.com

 

REGION VIII (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado):

Chippewa Cree Tribe

Box Elder, Montana

http://www.rockyboyveterans.org

 

REGION IX (California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada):

Vietnam Veterans of California

Sacramento, California

http://www.vboc-ca.org/

University of Guam

Mangilao, Guam

http://www.guamvboc.com/

 

You've earned the right to all the resources to be a success in your own business endeavor.  Take the opportunity learn to build the buisness you desire.

 

Topics: SBA, veteran entrepreneurship, stonemakers academy