VetStart

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JOIN US AS WE TRANSFORM RTP INTO THE CENTER OF VETERAN ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITY

September 24th, 2015
The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC

There is no charge for this event but registration is requested at EventBrite. Military/Veteran entrepreneurs please bring your spouses and friends.

THE NEED TO SUPPORT VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

After World War II, 49 percent of veterans went on to start and own their own businesses, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Today 25 percent of Post-9/11 veterans express an interest in starting and owning their own business, and only six percent will.

THE SOLUTION

There is an abundance of educational training options and resources in North Carolina for veterans.  What veteran entrepreneurs need are mentors and thriving entrepreneurial communities.

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OBJECTIVE

With a population of more than 736,000 veterans, VetStart’s aim is to capitalize on our state’s veteran talent pool and community resources to create a catalytic environment for veteran entrepreneurs.  Our goal is to help veterans start new businesses and create jobs.

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FROM BATTLEFIELD TO BUSINESS OWNERSHIP

Join the movement to turn veterans into entrepreneurs! VetStart is a free event for veterans, military spouses and community members who want to learn about starting new businesses.

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PROGRAM

VetStart is designed to provide answers and direction for veterans and their spouses wanting to start a new business, strengthen and build capacity in an existing business, or invest in a franchise business opportunity. Program will cover resources available in the public and private sector, all the financing options and how to access, and other important topics such as certifications and procurement strategies.

OUTLINE

Three panels of experts will cover business opportunities and options, resources and where to find them, and financing options and how to access. Evening will end with food, refreshments, and networking with the experts to identify next steps in your business planning.

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JOIN US!

AGENDA

2:30 – 3:00 pm   Registration/Open Networking

3:00 – 3:10 pm   Introduction & Welcome

3:10 – 3:55 pm   Entrepreneurship Panel

4:00 – 4:45 pm   Veteran Resource Panel

4:55 – 5:40 pm   Business Financing Options

5:45 – 6:15 pm    Keynote

6:15 – 7:30 pm   Food, Refreshments, Networking

Paul Dillon - CEO, Dillon Consulting Services and Vietnam Veteran

“VetStart brings together aspiring veteran entrepreneurs in North Carolina with the resources and talent to help them realize their dream of creating long term, sustainable businesses. Through innovative training programs, introductions to viable funding sources, and intense one-on-one mentoring on a continual basis, veteran entrepreneurs will be well-prepared to launch business ventures that will create value for both themselves and their communities for many years to come.”

WHO'S COMING TO THE SEPTEMBER 2015 VETSTART BUSINESS PROGRAM?

Here are just a few examples of the business and community leaders who are participating in the event.

RANDY H. NELSON - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Randy H. Nelson is a speaker, a coach, a qualified entrepreneur, and a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He founded and later sold two multi-million dollar companies – Orion International and NSTAR Global Services. NSTAR and Orion were ranked #8 and #9 at the same Fast 50 awards ceremony in 2012 after 22 and 10 years of business, respectively. Randy now runs Gold Dolphins LLC, a coaching and consulting firm to help entrepreneurial leaders and CEOs become Qualified Entrepreneurs and achieve their maximum potential.

UntitledDuring his time in the Navy, Randy gained invaluable leadership skills at a very young age and became qualified in both submarine operation and engineering. As his career moved to entrepreneurial endeavors and business leadership, Randy found that CEOs are not required to become qualified in their skill sets as he was required on his submarine. Taking his experience from the Navy and applying it to the business world, Randy developed a system for entrepreneurs to determine their most efficient role and make the decision to become a Qualified Entrepreneur in his #1 best-selling book, The Second Decision: The Qualified Entrepreneur.

Randy has been a member of both the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and Vistage (Global CEO Peer Group) for over 10 years. He is a strong believer in continued learning and has attended the EO Birthing of Giants program at MIT from 1999-2001 in addition to the EO Advanced Business Program at MIT from 2006-2007. Randy has served on the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center Advisory Board for the past 12 years and is the current Board Chair. General Shelton was the 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001, serving under both President Clinton and President George W. Bush

 

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For Event Information or Sponsorship Opportunities Please Contact Us

Brad Lienhart: Phone – 919.522.0722  Email – blienhart@entredot.com

Dean Bundschu: Phone – 919.656.4434 Email – dbundschu@startupveterans.org