Free Mentoring And Networking For Military Entrepreneurs
Sharks And Stripes 2: Camp Pendleton, CA, 13 June and live online.
Do you need a little help with your business idea? Are you growing your revenue but not sure how to reinvest it for growth? Are you worried about financing or interested in talking with an investor?
Rey Ybarra has worked with entrepreneurs for years, and he even wrote the book about it. These days he tours the country with the entrepreneurs who have appeared on the television show “The Shark Tank”. Their next live event is in southern California, and it’s exclusively for military entrepreneurs.
Last year he piloted a similar, smaller event in Los Angeles. Its success convinced him to expand everything for this year. The 2017 gathering will host over 60 vendor tables for entrepreneurs who know what they want to do but who might want a little help to make it happen. Vendors will offer their advice and services in franchising, crowdsourcing, small-business loans, bookkeeping, pitching to investors, and even how to get on a reality show.
In addition, the meeting center will host seminars and appearances all day for audiences of 750-1000 people. (Confirmed speakers include military veteran Jerry Hancock, the Shark Tank Entrepreneur who founded Subzero Ice Cream.) The events will stream live on social media and the speakers will also talk with smaller groups and answer questions.
Sharks And Stripes 2 is free to active duty servicemembers and military veterans. A military ID card is needed to get in to Camp Pendleton, of course, and veterans will need a visitor’s pass to get through gate security.
General admission for everyone else is $19. 150 VIP passes are also available (for $99) to those who want more networking with personal access to the Shark Tank entrepreneurs in the speaker areas and during the two meal events.
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What if you can’t be there?
If you’re not in southern California in June, then subscribe to RY Media’s mailing list (the “Register” section in the speaker image at the top of the page) for updates and other entrepreneur’s events. The Camp Pendleton event could easily sell out, and that means Mr. Ybarra will be running even more of them around the country.
If you’re not able to join these entrepreneurs then seek more resources in your local area. Read about more organizations and programs for military and veteran entrepreneurs and look for a chapter in a nearby city. The link at the bottom of that post opens a Google Doc with over 60 different national and local options for coaching, accelerators, financing, and even finding investors. If you’re a startup co-founder then please take a look at an accelerator program near you, or consider Blue Startups for their next 13-week program in Hawaii.
If you’re building your business online, perhaps with digital products or online sales funnels, then read through Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income site (including videos and podcasts with hundreds of entrepreneurs) and get quick answers to your short questions at his “Ask Pat” podcast. You can also assess your idea (and develop your products) with his advice in his recent book “Will It Fly?” and a new online course “Smart From Scratch”.
Yes, Pat really is that nice. I’ve met him at several FinCons. It’s part of his business model to attract customers and clients, of course, but it’s also simply who he already is. He’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs over the last eight years, and you can learn what’s worked for other entrepreneurs as you build your own business.
Then maybe someday soon you’ll be able to attend the next Sharks and Stripes event in your area!