13 Jul Veteran Business Interview with Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans President, Ted Lachowicz with Author, Michael Bluemling Jr.
- What topics do you wish you understood more? I believe the EBV program offers a strong baseline of information and support. The next step would be drilling down to have specific small group workshops integrated within the training opportunities to really help disabled veteran business owners succeed both in the short and long term.
- What did you wish you learned in class, but it was not taught or you missed it? What is missed in my opinion is the positivity and supportive nature of the program that is lacking. It goes beyond the X’s and O’s of Business 101 or Business 401. There has to be a heartfelt expression of developing the mental skills along with the business ideas and theories towards success.
- What were the biggest surprises in starting or running a business that you did not plan for? The difficulties of working on a limited budget and the reality of having to fight for every inch of market share that you can gain with limited success in most cases. Failure will happen and how you deal with it is key.
- What would you do different in starting a business? On one hand I wouldn’t have started my company, Power of One, because of the extreme sacrifice that I had to make personally and professionally. On the other hand I would have gathered more support before just going out and doing it with limited experience in running a business. Overall my ability to achieve the level of success I have with the resources available is a true testament to my faith and believe in myself, which is the contributing factor in the perseverance through the storm that all business owners must go through unfortunately. “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it”
- What were the three toughest problems or obstacles that you incurred in starting a business? Limited experience, lack of resources, and the reluctance of colleagues to actual follow through on their commitments to assist the company through a true grassroots effort.
- Any other comments that you think would be useful for the current EBV students? Find Your Passion, Stay Dedicated, and Keep Climbing.