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BizReport : Research archives : November 11, 2013


Vets credit service with SMB success

It is Veterans Day in the US, a day when current and former service members are celebrated. Some vets are crediting their time in the service with helping them reach success outside the Armed Forces.

by Kristina Knight

I recently had the chance to chat with Bennett Grove, an Air Force vet and owner of Junk Dawgs & Moving Dawgs about how his years in the Air Force helped him prepare for his current job of small business owner.

He credits the Air Force with helping him develop a strong work ethic, as well as to be ready for anything.

"As a service member, you have to be prepared for things to change at a moment's notice and still maintain mission readiness. This kind of military experience prepares business owners to adapt to the ups and downs, so that when they start to see a shift they can spring into action and right the ship," said Grove. "Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do: These are the core values of an Airman that all members of the Air Force are taught early on in basic training and carried forward into their respective career fields. For those that live these values, they carry over into everything that we do. For Junk Dawgs & Moving Dawgs, we take a variety of military principles such as these core values, chain of command, etc. and make them the foundation of our customer service and daily operations. This mindset has been instrumental in our business's success and will always remain a part of our future."

Grove is a member of Manta's small business community.

Even with his specialized training, Grove recognizes the challenges out there for small business - things like business financing, finding the right employees for the right jobs and staying up to date with technology. His advice for other SMB? Take it slow and focus on the actual needs of your business on a day-to-day basis rather than taking up valuable time in May coming up with holiday email blasts.

"Don't get distracted by all that needs to be done, but instead focus on one thing at a time and the list will become manageable," said Grove. He also suggests making technology a priority and taking away from the business. "[Technology] always provides new channels for us to target our customers. Spend time educating yourself on the latest technologies to help your business thrive. [And] Don't let your hectic schedule and growing business consume your life and change who you are. It's good to be successful but don't let it come at a cost."






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