Small Business Administration Features Martha Weekly, Vice President of Contract Relations for FFE Inc.
The Small Business Administration works to connect and empower veterans, service members and military spouse entrepreneurs by sharing their stories to help inspire the dreams of others.
The Office of Veterans Business Development article highlights Martha’s journey from active duty military spouse who spent time overseas in Germany to working together with her husband as a team.
The veteran entrepreneurship journey does not have to be taken alone. Training and connections are available to help turn that first business plan into a steady growth company that employs others and helps make our nation great.
With 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S., veterans and military spouses contribute approximately 1.4 trillion dollars to the nation’s total sales/receipts per year.
Most of all, the SBA feature article on Martha shares some good lessons and key resources to inspire other military spouses and business owners. For example, Martha shares that you can never know too much. Here are three takeaways from the article:
- Do your homework before launching your business. Tap into available resources and training. As Martha advises, “Really do your homework in your industry so your eyes are wide open and you know what you’re getting into. You can never know too much.”
- Ensure you are leveraging a variety of resources. Business operations can be multidimensional. It is helpful to leverage a team approach and pull in partners for specific projects.
- Tap into your network for the good of the whole. As Martha shares, “The veteran business community is stronger as a whole when individual companies are strengthened. The community that the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) training provided was helpful recently when pursuing a contract. We needed to fill a role with an SDVOSB company. I drew on my experience at VIP training to reach out to a classmate to find a resource for the role. We were able to successfully win the work because of the network we had built.”
Martha encourages other entrepreneurial veterans and military spouses to learn more about the resources of Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) located across the nation and Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) entrepreneurial training courses, which increase exposure to all facets of running a business.
We are honored to have our own Vice President Martha Weekly featured in the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development profiles.
Read the article on Martha Weekly on the SBA website here.