100 Entrepreneurs Lessons Learned

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Les Owen, Veteran and Documentary Filmmaker

September 14th, 2017

Les Owen, Army veteran, produced the documentary film, "Victory Remembered, Legacy of the Black Devils," about the First Special Service Force and the first joint US and Canadian fighting force, created to fight in Europe during WWII.  This secret unit was named the Black Devils by the Nazis.  The First Special Service Fource was undefeated in a military campaign that liberated Italy and ultimately lead to victory for the Allies.  The film is now distributed on Amazon, iTunes and various cable channels.  He spoke with 100 Entrepreneurs about how he created and produced the film, how he funded it, and what he's working on now.  

Bob Nilsson, Founder of 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation

August 30th, 2017

Bob Nilsson is a Marine Corps veteran who was in Vietnam.  His next career was at Turner Construction.  He was president of Turner International when he retired.  After 9/11, he began visiting wounded veterans at Walter Reed hospital occasionally and ultimately commuted to spend time with them four or five days a week.  Bob realized they needed help finding the next steps in their careers.  As a result, he founded 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation and for the past decade has been providing wounded veterans and caregivers with monthly classes and lunches in Bethesda and at Ft. Belvoir to help them find their great idea.  100's of entrepreneurs and business experts have joined the participants to talk about their businesses, their industries and their lessons learned.  Veteran program leaders have joined us to talk about the opportunities they provide.  These include Dog Tag Bakery, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, and Bunker Labs.  

In this Podcast, Bob talks about starting a nonprofit foundation and the 100 Entrepreneurs program.

Sarah Steel Interview About her 2 Construction-Related Companies: Urban Referrals and Steel Management Group

March 9th, 2017

Sarah Steel owns two businesses, one is Urban Referrals, an online contruction referral business for residential clients, and the other, Steel Management Group, is a construction project management company that works with commercial clients.  Sarah is hiring veterans!  Check out how she started Steel Management Group and purchased Urban Referrals.  The companies have synergies because many of the contractors work with both companies.  

Interview with Tammy Phipps and Josh Himan from Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence LLC (DRCE)

January 11th, 2017

Tammy Phipps, an Occupational Therapist in the US Army, developed a driver training and vehicle modification program at Walter Reed and was interested in expanding the program to all drivers after she retired from military service.  She met Josh Himan, a wounded Marine and business major, at Walter Reed.  Josh has a Masters in Science from George Washington in Finance and a Masters in Science from Johns Hopkins in Economics.  Together, with the help of a lawyer who was volunteering for the Red Cross at the hospital, they created the foundation of their new company, Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence LLC, or DRCE.  The business is capital intensive, with vehicles and space requirements, so the partners needed funding, and with an excellent business plan they brought in an angel investor.   In this podcast, Tammy and Josh talk about how they started their business, how they launched it with all the major local networks covering the launch, and their lessons learned.   

Edward Simms, Veteran, NFL Player, and Entrepreneur

October 13th, 2016

Edward Simms decided as a very small child that he was going be the first in his family to attend college, and he was.  He decided he was going to play football in the NFL, and he did.  He decided to join the military, and he joined.  Now he's determined to succeed as an entrepreneur, and it seems like a very good bet he will!  With a business partner, Edward Simms started Bryan's Paving and has been working through the complex maze of a business startup for the past year, including buying large equipment, hiring teams, selling new business, pricing jobs profitably and funding projects before the company is paid by clients.  Edward joined 100 Entrepreneurs Lessons Learned to talk about how he became an entrepreneur and what he's learned along the way.  

Dog Tag Bakery’s Meghan Ogilvie and Kyle Burns

August 10th, 2016

Dog Tag Bakery is a successful company, a restaurant and bakery business offering delicious and prize winning fare on Grace Street in Georgetown, near downtown Washington DC.  Dog Tag Bakery is also an excellent five-month business education program designed for wounded 9/11 veterans, spouses and caregivers. The nonprofit program provides hands-on business skills development, from marketing and networking to human resources management, as well as courses through Georgetown University.  The fourth Cohort of up to a dozen participants is underway now, and applications are being taken for the fifth Cohort, which starts in January.  Dog Tag Inc.'s CEO, Meghan Ogilvie, and Senior Director, Kyle Burns, spoke with 100 Entrepreneurs Foundation about building the program, how it works, who should apply, and what their graduates are doing today. Check out this terrific program at http://www.dogtaginc.org.  If you want to find out more about the bakery and restaurant, check out http://www.dogtagbakery.com.

All Marine Radio Founders, Michael McNamara and Paul and Danielle Gage

July 13th, 2016

Marine Corps veterans Michael McNamara and Paul Gage, along with Paul's wife, Danielle Gage, founded All Marine Radio and launched the internet station on June 1, 2016.  Their mission is to reach veterans with frank talk about relevant issues and their culture, and in the process, provide entertainment.   They will devote a portion of their programming to post-combat mental health and will aim to improve the lives of combat veterans struggling with mental health issues.  All Marine Radio launched with an interview with the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller.  In the first month, 10's of thousands heard their programs and they have reached more than 100,000 on Facebook per week.  Listen to how they have created their business and grown it so quickly!  And tune it to All Marine Radio!

Army Veteran, Joe DeRing, on Empower Adventures

March 28th, 2016

Joe DeRing, an Army Veteran, started Empower Adventures based upon his experience in the military and the Army's Confidence Course.  Since 2009, Joe has built the business from one location in Connecticut to additional locations in Virginia and Florida.   Empower Adventures includes zipline parks and provides leadership development, adventures and fun for friends and family groups as well as corporate teams.  Joe talks about starting the business, how he found funding during the Great Recession, and how he has expanded it with support from his family and growing base of partners and employees.  

Cindy Flanders Talks About Funding A Small Business

November 19th, 2015

Cindy Flanders, formerly a Sr. Vice President at Bank of America in charge of small and mid-sized business markets and a CFO of a publicly traded company, talks with 100 Entrepreneurs' Amanda Weathersby about how small businesses and startups can secure funding for their businesses.  

John Lee Dumas, Founded A Top Downloaded Podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire

September 30th, 2015

John Lee Dumas, Army veteran, founded Entrepreneurs On Fire, one of the most successful podcast companies today, in 2012.  It has already grown to over 1,000 podcasts and over a million downloads per month from all over the world.  He has expanded his business with Podcasters Paradise, webinars and a Mastermind group.  His Fire Nation story shows how building free content online can ultimately bring in revenue and profits.  He provides advice about starting a business, building an online business, and setting and meeting goals.  His book, "Podcast Launch" is available on Amazon.