Why do you think veteran’s make outstanding entrepreneurs?

“General quarters, general quarters! All hands man your battle stations!” This is the announcement made aboard a naval warship to signal that all hands aboard a ship must go to battle stations as quickly as possible.

PREPAREDNESS. No stage is too big for Veterans.

From Day 1 of Boot Camp, the military began preparing us for combat. Nothing in the workforce is more daunting than combat. Risk taking, self-confidence, commitment, motivation, determination, time management, and the allocation of resources are seen in both war and business. Education only teaches theory so when you combine that with real-life circumstances, what you have is an individual who is well-prepared for entrepreneurship.

Veteran-owned franchise businesses in the U.S. directly provide jobs for over 1 million Americans, and these businesses generate more than $50 billion in GDP.

How do you transition from the service to the world of business?

Make no mistake, transitioning from the military to civilian life and into business is no easy task. Before I was discharged, I took a class that helped veterans transition. They matched your military skills and translated them into civilian jobs. They helped with resume writing and interview skills. However, that was not enough. Today, there are organizations like Vets 22, which help Veterans transition by using an eco-system approach through web & mobile applications. Think of it as the LinkedIn, Facebook, and VA for Veterans rolled into one. Vets 22 provides a one-stop solution for veterans and their families to navigate the waters of a transitioning veteran. I am proud to serve as Executive Director.

What inspired you to become a Vetrepreneur?

I was born for this! All the skills I mentioned earlier prepared me for entrepreneurship. For inspiration and motivation, I draw upon my ancestors. Being of African & Scottish descent, I come from a long history of military veterans. It is in our blood. Furthermore, I currently have a son in the Army serving in Afghanistan.

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Jeff Shuford is a nationally syndicated columnist, award-winning technology expert, and a decorated Iraq War Veteran. Shuford became one of the youngest nationally syndicated writers in America at age 30 and contributes articles that reach 1.4 million newspaper subscribers in 44 regions weekly. A regular contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Huffington Post, Shuford's passion for producing captivating content extends far past his columns in prestigious publications. Shuford's Forbes article titled “Nine Unique Ways To Brand Yourself As A Thought Leader,” was named by LinkedIn Business as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Articles Among Recruiters in 2017. In addition to Shuford's LinkedIn Business honor, his piece was also named as an Editors Pick and the most viewed and shared article from the Forbes Coaches Council of 2017.Bestowed the Community of Heroes Award by the DAV, Shuford's innovative leadership and passion for helping veterans led his company also to be named the Best Veteran Tech Startup of 2016 by The Huffington Post. In addition to that honor, the Huffington Post later named Shuford number one on the list of the Top 5 Emerging Veteran Tech Founders of 2017. Shuford's dedication to STEM is evident in his technological achievements. Shuford also recently led his technology company to win a 2017 BizTech Award presented by The Jacksonville Business Journal for their work developing, deploying, and successfully marketing the self-funded Vets 22 app.Considered an expert thought leader and influencer in public relations Shuford has also positioned his brands to be featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Forbes Sports Money, NFL Network, The Jacksonville Business Journal, The Huffington Post, ForbesCouncils, WJCT, WJXT, and Entrepreneur Magazine among others. Shuford served with the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07 and earned a Combat Action Badge for his heroic efforts at age 19.