VetJobs (the nation’s largest military job board at ) 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

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

Character – The Indispensable Element within All of Business Financing By Woody Wollesen In furtherance/support of his highlighted special presentations on business financing at the upcoming 2015 National Veteran Small Business Engagement, November 18, 2015, 11:00AM Session, Pittsburgh, PA It’s rather curious why most business capital discussions routinely ignore the fundamental element of “character”.… Read More

American Empowerment / Ultimate Financing Guide / Operation Veteran Empowerment Articles Directly Confronting Our Economy’s Dismal Outcomes With Recommended Guidelines for Analyses and Remedies to Correct –  An Ongoing Series Real world facts: Only about half of all new establishments survive five years or more – only one-third survive 10 years or more. (US SBA… Read More

Rather astonishing is how often the alleged core causes for small business successes or failures (even when lacking credible factual evidence) through sheer force of repetition can often take on lives of their own – fictions versus “real world” facts. One does not have to wander far to hear the resilient echoes for alleged business… Read More

As comprehensively covered within the last installment of the ongoing VetLikeMe series on business and financing, the latest study and figures respecting franchise ownership are less than encouraging. SBA franchise loan failures were found to be one in six (covering only write offs after all borrower collateral has been liquidated). New Study (May 14,… Read More

Published at VetLikeMe Confirming what have been and continue to be the realities across all business genres, regardless of age, maturities, size, or industry type, small business risks and failures are dramatically increasing. The latest small business market segment to be analyzed for increased risks and discontinuances, shows that one in six franchise SBA… Read More

The Business Financing Systems Do Not Work – Why and Why Not? Looking First at the Enterprise Side of the Equation Part III of a continuing series on Small Business Financing (July 12, 2015) – See, As noted in Part I of this VetLikeMe series, the current systems of traditional business funding simply do not… Read More

The Business Financing Systems Do Not Work – Why and Why Not? Part II of a Continuing Series on Small Business Financing – See, As noted with Part I of this VetLikeMe series, the past and current systems of traditional business funding simply do not work. Such do not deliver adequate timely financing when… Read More

Simply put, all veteran owned firms need growth capital. Questions and complaints are widespread about the shortcomings of veteran small business funding and financing. As succinctly stated at the Veteran Entrepreneurship Task Force (Vet-Force) June, 2014 meeting, Washington, DC, “all the business development on the planet is totally meaningless without timely and adequate financing at… Read More