When I was approached by Buzz Magazine founder Mike White to highlight veterans and their incredible stories I was both honored and humbled. Having served in the military and deployed to Iraq in 2006 I understood the obstacles and issues faced by our nation’s heroes. Interviewing some of Jacksonville’s most dynamic emerging veteran owned and veteran-focused companies brought me personal satisfaction that writing for other publications has merely not produced. For instance, I have written for the world’s largest business publications, publications that my peers admire and aspire to write for such as Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Business Journals, and The Huffington Post among others. Although writing for those publications is rewarding I discovered that The Buzz is a perfect outlet to focus and cover veterans that are making a difference in our ecosystem.
For instance, my company in partnership with several veteran concentrated businesses partnered to provide free breakfast to veterans at the downtown veteran hospital. No better place to highlight events like that than in iwantabuzz.com because The Buzz is a publication that cares more about impact than clicks. At my local church, I was approached by a lovely member that shared that she loved our Buzz On Veterans segments and that she found her new repairman from one of my recent interviews. I also get asked by veterans who are eager to share their business with our expanding audience if we still do the Buzz On Veterans segments. Unfortunately, due to the catastrophic storm, Buzz Media is in the process of rebuilding the studio and retooling our segment.
As Buzz Magazine rebuilds the studio, we will, however, continue to feature veterans and their businesses through the website’s blog. If you know any veterans interested in being highlighted email me at [email protected] in addition to highlighting their business I will personally provide strategies that will help their business maximize their media opportunity.
My first written interview will feature Isaac Belden founder of 12B Capital. In Isaac’s interview, he will share his journey to entrepreneurship from military service and provide his greatest tips that help businesses get funded.