The Veteran Hardscape Revolution

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

Beyond StoneMakers Academy: Boots to Business For Veterans

Posted by Roderick Molleur on Thu, Apr, 04, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

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Becoming a business owner can be one of the most liberating decisions you can make.  As a military veteran, you’ve certainly earned the right to participate in fueling the economic engine of the American economy.  Did you realize that historically, 41.5% of veterans have been self-employed as opposed to 24.5% of non-veterans?  Well, who better to 'live' the American Dream of business ownership, than those who have defended that dream through military service?

Business success can be measured in many different ways.  First of all, you’ll need to have a passion for what you’re doing.  Secondly, you’ll need to learn the skills to help drive that passion.  If you enjoy working outdoors and with your hands, StoneMakers Academy will teach you the skills to compete in the landscape and hardscape construction industry using your GI Bill benefits.  As more homeowners look to enhance their outdoor living areas with water features, backyard waterfalls, fire pits, patios and outdoor kitchens, the unique StoneMakers system gives you a competitive advantage.

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But what about learning the operational skills to run the business?  There’s more than being good at building hardscape features.  As a veteran, you have resources available to you at no cost, one being the Boots to Business program offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.  It’s a three phase program, including an eight week online “mini MBA” course designed for you learn how to run a business.   The course teaches you:

  • How to develop a business plan
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • How to obtain financing
  • Analytic tools to create a comprehensive business plan

Building a business for the long term takes planning and a lot of hard work.  It’s not easy to build a successful business, but then neither was your military service.  Whether you’re interested in having a business to support you and your crew, or building a large company with multiple crews and employees, you have the resources as a veteran of the military at your disposal.  Isn’t it worth taking advantage of it?  Take a look at the Boots to Business program and give your future a jump start.

Topics: hardscapes, boots to buisness, Stonemakers veteran training, stonemakers academy, veterans opportunity, Concrete

StoneMakers Academy: Fast Start To Success Veterans Oppportunity

Posted by Roderick Molleur on Tue, Mar, 26, 2013 @ 17:03 PM

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StoneMakers Academy has developed The Fast Track To Success Program, a comprehensive program that teaches the skills necessary to start and operate a successful business in landscape construction.  Packed into 8 days of intense study, The Fast Track To Success Program is designed to put veterans in business in weeks, not months or years. The curriculum includes modules in sales and marketing, bookkeeping, legal compliance, hiring and managing employees and obtaining funding. 

 

The core of the StoneMakers Academy program is focused on proprietary methods in hardscape and landscape construction that allow veterans to create projects that are completed in half the time of traditional methods, with results today's customers are demanding. The school teaches how to build fire pits, retaining walls, backyard water features, custom grill areas, patios and many other hardscape applications.

 

In addition to the initial training, StoneMakers Academy has an open door policy for continued training.  The main objective is ensuring the success of the students.  Continued technical, marketing and business support is just a phone call away.  If a graduate of the Academy desires additional hands on training, they can attend any future training class.  This insures each student will become an expert in StoneMakers systems for hardscape and landscape construction.

 

The StoneMakers system for hardscape applications has been taught for over five years to hundreds of landscape professionals.  The proprietary methods have allowed contractors to create award winning landscape features, and add exclusive services to help grow their businesses. Sensing a need to provide an opportunity to veterans to develop their own businesses, the StoneMakers Academy was founded.  StoneMakers Academy is a licensed technical training institute in the State of New Hampshire, and qualified veterans can participate in the program with their GI Bill benefits covering the tuition.

Topics: hardscapes, Stonemakers veteran training, stonemakers academy, veterans opportunity