LiveCast at Veteran Owned Veteran Operated – 12/09/18
VIcki Smith – Fitts talks with me about the documentary 21 Years a Folded Flag.
Owned. What does that mean? Business owners know about the word owned. It has been a good thing to talk with so many Veterans who are business owners. Many times that ownership is dealing with problems that customers never know about, all to take care of family and provide for the future.
I met Jonathan Gosselin recently at a 22Kill Event in Abington, MA. We had done business in early 2018, but never met face to face. We started talking about the OMR brand and my goals for 2019 when he hit me with an idea. I could come to his store and livecast from VOVO INC (https://vovoprints.com/). So we did a livecast as couple of weeks ago and it went great. Jonathan aske me to come back on Sunday December 9th to talk with other Veterans and people who support us.
Setting up is a cinch now and it gave me a chance to talk with Jonathan about what he is doing. He has given me some great ideas for promoting Oscar Mike Radio, and we got some laughs from the last livecast I did.
The question was asked about my feelings. Was I nervous? Did I think this was going to be difficult? I was a little bit nervous and then once the cast went live I was ok. I didn’t really think about anything other than listening to guests and talking about why we were all here on Sunday.
Jonathan didn’t really talk a lot on this livecast, and there was a reason for that. He wanted people to get one on one with me to talk about what had worked for them during hard times and how they used what they learned to meet their goals. In that regard, this livecast was a great success. You can watch the video below and let me know what you think. Go to Facebook, Like and Follow VOVO INC and Oscar Mike Radio.
Veterans, you are not alone. We need to own our success and keep building on what we have no matter the obstacle.
Episode 120 – Army Veteran Steve Kimball: Owner of Kimball Painting
I met Steve but not on any construction or painting job. We met when I had some trouble with my motorcycle. I wanted to find out more about Steve and his company Kimball Painting (See contact info below). Watching some of his videos on Facebook, it seems that Steve is old school, no nonsense, but fair.
Steve and I met at Dunkin Donuts for this interview. We started talking about his family and how he got into the Army. I am glad he found what he was looking for in the military. After he got out, he worked through all the trades until he was able to open his own business.
I have been to college courses about business, but learned more talking with Steve than reading a book. He wants people working for him to invest in themselves. People do this by giving 100% to the task at hand. Steve is willing to teach those who work for him if they have the desire and willingness to take tough love he dishes out.
You should really watch some of his videos. Not only are they entertaining, but I actually felt like he was explaining things in a way that made sense to someone who does not work construction. I also got an appreciation for the fact that companies like Kimball Painting are the exception, not the norm in construction.
Steve pass along many good pieces of advice on everything from selecting a good contractor to how to get good tools. I left the interview thinking it would be good to maybe see about doing some work just to learn and get out of my comfort zone. Click on the links below if you want to find out more or contact Steve. He took care of me. He can help you.