Los Angeles, California (PRESS RELEASE – January 27, 2011) – Vetrepreneur Success Intensive (VSI), founded and supported by some of the most highly experienced and successful vetrepreneurs in the country, announced the results of a nationwide contest for aspiring military veteran entrepreneurs. A rigorous essay and interview process narrowed scores of entries to six finalists who were ultimately selected to participate in a two-day event designed to teach 7 critical entrepreneur strategies for enduring success. The mini-boot camp will take place at the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica on January 27 -28, 2011. The winners include veterans who served in the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force and reside in Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Minnesota. Their businesses range from a specialty vodka company to promotional products and personal safety and fitness training workshops.
Today, 1 in 7 military veterans are business owners, continuing to serve their communities and the country as engines of economic recovery. These Vetrepreneurs, over 3 million strong nationwide, represent over 14% of all small business owners. However, the lack of previous business ownership, limited knowledge on how access to capital and a very challenging business environment make it difficult for many aspiring military veteran entrepreneurs to get off the ground or successfully grow their business. As one contestant wrote in his application, “In the military, everything we did was task-condition-standard and left nothing to chance. When in doubt, check the regs. In the real world, there’s no guidebook to follow or a Senior NCO or Officer to set you straight.” Although there are government programs and legislation to address the growing number of military veteran entrepreneurs (MVEs), many rely on textbook training and classroom settings to teach basic skills and offer one-size fits-all governmental solutions and generic advice.
Larry Broughton and Phil Dyer, authors of VICTORY: 7 Entrepreneur Success Strategies for Veterans, created Vetrepreneur Success Intensive to provide direct, hands on mentoring – by veterans, for veterans – and share their real-world experience to aspiring vetrepreneurs. Designed as an intimate event, the “fire-team” of just six participants offers each MVE the opportunity to react with mentors and guests and participate in strategy sessions designed specifically to address their particular issues.
The panelists and coaches for the two-day event include:
- Kelly Perdew (West Point Graduate, Founder of Fastpoint Games and Season 2 Winner of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice)
- Alden Mills (Former Navy SEAL, inventor of the Perfect Push-up and Founder/CEO of Perfect Fitness Systems)
- Larry Broughton (Former Special Forces operator, Founder/CEO of Broughton Hospitality Group and winner of NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur of the Year and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year)
- Phil Dyer, (West Point Graduate, former Army Captain and owner of boutique financial planning firm and strategic consulting business).
Participating in an exclusive interview will be military, movie and television icon Gunny R. Lee Ermey (Apocalypse Now, Mississippi Burning, Full Metal Jacket, History Channel’s hit series Mail Call and Lock N’ Load and the current Drill Sergeant therapist GEICO Insurance commercials).