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March 2015 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

Written by  Mike Schmidt

March 2015 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

CSE Group Members:

This month we will be holding our first Veteran Venture Ventilator Meetup, (which is a new Entrepreneurship Program for Vets that the CSE Group and Ensemble is now developing), to support the growth and support of our local Veterans in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado who are developing new small businesses, or joining existing seed or development stage companies.

I will provide an initial overview presentation about our new Veteran Venture Ventilator Program, (See below), and we will have two Veteran Presentations from local CSE Group Veterans, (Also See Below)

The Need for the Veteran Venture Ventilator (VVV) Program:

Both here in Colorado and in cities and communities across the USA, veterans made up only 6% of all new entrepreneurs last year in the US, compared to 12% in 2000 according to research conducted by the Kauffman Foundation, which focuses on all forms of entrepreneurial activity.  That’s a 50% decline in new veteran-owned business start ups and a continuance of a decline which began over two decades ago.

Findings also show civilians are far more likely to launch new businesses although that is a reverse trend from  just four years ago.  From 1999 until 2008, veterans started their own businesses at a greater rate than civilians, but from 2009 on, civilians have outpaced veterans in starting new companies.

Why has their been such a decline since 2009?

It seems that older veterans that had a higher rate of business ownership are now retiring and younger veterans (who appear less interested in starting their own businesses), are opting for college or trade school pursuits after their military service.  In fact, a recent survey of veterans who left the military between 2004 and 2006 showed that 48% participated in the Montgomery GI Bill, which provides college education and career instruction.

But it looks like the trends are starting to reverse...

According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent 9% of all U.S. firms.  These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employed over 5.8 million individuals. Transitioning service members are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the training, experience, and leadership skills to start businesses and create jobs.

So, if you are a transitioning service member interested in applying or learning more about our programs and service offerings, please come to this initial Meetup for an introductory briefing on some of our new Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programs for Veterans.

Part of the Venture Development Clustering Initiative:

This new outreach program is an extension of our Venture Development Clustering Program to focus on the creation of a number of key vertical market clustering and micro-funding initiatives to help drive start-up and seed stage innovation and capital formation in our local community.

Veteran Speakers for The March 2015  Meetup:

This month we will have two presentations from two of our CSE Group Members who are Military Veterans... Mr. Daniel Glanville, and Mr. Brian Siravo who will provide some updates on their local business activities.  See below for a quick summary.   

Mr. Brian Siravo, President & Owner, Accinctus, LLC

About the Company:

Accinctus provides complete business preparedness and continuity consulting services helping any business or organization proactively prepare for disasters and disruptive events.  Accinctus is your preparedness partner building long-term resiliency programs on a fee for service or retainer basis. 

In Brian's presentation at this Month's Meetup he will be covering some new Non-Profit Organizational programs he is launching called "Prep4FBO" that are Preparedness Programs for faith-based and non-profit organizations of any size.

About Brian: 

He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and Certified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with more than 20 years of experience in business continuity to include risk assessments and business impact analysis; mitigation, response, and recovery planning; training and awareness programs; exercises; and program improvement and maintenance. His experience in emergency operations, disaster preparedness, logistics, organization transformation and process improvement and various aspects of contingency planning contribute to my belief that business continuity planning should apply to large and small business.

Daniel Glanville, Financial Advisor at Precision Wealth Management

About the Company:

Daniel, will be presenting an overview about his financial services geared for Veterans as one of the key financial advisers for Precision Wealth Management.

About Daniel:

His title may be Financial Advisor, but he considers himself more of a "coach". In it's original meaning a "coach" was a vehicle meant to get you from one destination to the next. It did not matter where you were, a coach would pick you up and take you one or more stops closer to your final destination. It could even take you all the way there.

This is Daniel's philosophy as an adviser. Whether you are in your sixties and planning your retirement, in your 20's and just getting started, or somewhere in between he would like to help make it at least one step closer to your final destination.

Meeting Logistics:

We are scheduled for a full 3 hour meetup this month on Thursday March 26th at 6PM to 9PM at the East Library.   Hope to see many of our new members there for our special Veteran Meetup.  It should be a fun and engaging meeting!


Mike Schmidt, Chair

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