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A Plan vs. A Chance

You may not think you need a business plan or any kind of strategy planning/goal setting for your start up, but my guess is you won’t have the direction you need if you don’t put some time in up front.

A Game of Jenga

20 years ago, Wasendorf was a small business owner just like you or me. His initial decision to cheat the system in hopes of saving his business spiraled over time into a multi-million dollar spending spree of investors’ money.

Things to Consider When Hiring Iowa Veterans

Things to consider when hiring Iowa vets.

Where can Iowa Companies Find Veterans for Open Job Positions?

Following our last post on the economic benefits of hiring an Iowa veteran, the next question is where to find them. One of your first stops to find vets to hire, should be to talk with your regional Veteran Representative with Iowa Workforce Development. Part of their role includes matching Iowa firms with qualified vets for open job opportunities using their local and regional veteran databases of job seekers. Here are a few other resources to explore.

Risk Shouldn't be a 4 Letter Word

I think risk is a huge part of what makes entrepreneurship and launching a startup so challenging. You have to worry in the back of your mind not about failure, but about the "analysts" out there that will take your failure and shred you with it.

Hire a vet: it's good for business!

There are lots of great reasons why to hire veterans. They are efficient, calm under pressure, used to diversity and inclusion, and have leadership experience. Even beyond the fact that many vets make great hard-working and efficient employees, there are also some economic advantages.

Field Notes: 8 Thing to Do (and Not Do) When You are Cash Poor

Particularly during the start up phase, small business owners often seek options other than approaching their commercial lender. Here are some things you could (or shouldn’t) do when you are cash poor:

Resources for Iowa Veteran Owned Small Businesses

As we approach the Fourth of July, I thought it might be nice to write a bit about some of the resources we have here in Iowa to help veteran entrepreneurs. To those of you who are vets and reading this post, thank you for your service to our country and our great midwestern state of Iowa!



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