For all small business owners and entrepreneurs, some cold facts respecting bank loans and financing – despite all the marketing hype, the biggest banks continue to make far fewer loans to small businesses than a decade ago. That continues to mean that small business must resort to either cooperating community banks (due to numbers and… Read More


ARTICLE FROM VETREPRENEUR MAGZINE (November/December 2016 Issue, p. 94) (Distributed and shared throughout by National Veteran Owned Business Association at the National Veteran Small Business Engagement, Minneapolis, Minn. Nov. 04, 2016 and at the NVOBA Vetrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony) Special Report: SBA loan fee waiver for small businesses and its impact on vetrepreneurs… Read More


Small business owners are awash in a sea of red tape. Last year alone, 43 new major rules sucked more than $22 billion out of the economy. Absent substantial reform or new economic growth, small business will continue to suffer. http://www.nfib.com/content/resources/infographic/infographic-the-great-red-tape-disaster-75604/ As the data and statistics continue to demonstrate survival and successes for small business… Read More


Woody Wollesen – Military veteran, Two time US National Taekwondo Champion,  Taekwondo Master 4th Degree Black Belt, National record holder, and Founder/Chairman  of GA 501(C)(3) non profit Operation Veteran Empowerment was specially selected and honored to ceremonially open Session Two and provide the center court “coin toss” (along with VIP status and all privileges) August… Read More


Consider a few “real world facts”: Statistics clearly reveal that for every alleged brilliant new idea, impassioned start up, or early stage business venture (at least up to five years) that anywhere from 36% to 50% will fail depending upon industry area (e.g., pick your poison)http://isbdc.org/small-business-failure-rates-causes/http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/01/27/do-9-out-of-10-new-businesses-fail-as-rand-paul-claims/ http://articles.bplans.com/the-real-data-on-small-business-failures/ Only about half of all new establishments survive… Read More


The best possible solution for business success is to prevent serious issues and problems before they arise. Simply put entrepreneurs and small businesses are failing in record numbers. As the glaring statistics and data demonstrate, entrepreneurs/ business owners are failing. All are facing rising risk accumulations resulting in unprecedented and needless detours that subvert desired… Read More


VetJobs (the nation’s largest military job board at http://vetjobs.com ) reported only 160,000 new jobs were created in May (June 2016 Veteran Employment Situation Report) (BOL). However a minimum of 250,000 new jobs per month needs to be created to have any real growth . “Historically, most job growth comes from small businesses, but   current… Read More


Woody Wollesen and OpVet Cited in the Latest Issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine (April 2016) – Celebrating One Hundred Issues of Advocacy for Our Nation’s Veterans      “Financing Your Ventures – A stage by stage financing guide for veterpreneurs” Go directly to the one of the nation’s foremost veteran business financing experts, Woody Wollesen, Operation Veteran… Read More


In the “real world” of business, it is neither new revenue additions nor support financing (all necessary ingredients for sure) that will create enterprise success. Rather, either the owner has in place, develops, and/or acquires the necessary knowledge for best business practices and financial acumen, adverse consequences will inevitably follow.     Having the requisite knowledge… Read More