By Debbie Gregory.

Whether at the helm of a two-person company or a bigger player, strong leadership skills can mean the difference between a successful business and a failing one. Leadership is almost 100% about managing people.

Having great ideas and a strategic vision won’t get you far if your employees aren’t willing to follow you. And too many entrepreneurs take leadership skills for granted.

This is usually not a problem for veterans in an entrepreneurial role. But just what is it about the military that has created individuals with such a strong sense of leadership? What values do veterans leave their military service with that that makes operationalizing a team so easy?

A business’s success really boils down to the way the team works together. Here are some pointers that will serve all businesses well:

  • You’re one team, despite your position. Lead by example. And never be afraid to ask for advice.
  • Listen throughout the chain of command. Communication is key! Share successes and failures. Information clearly transmitted gives them context and a sense of belonging to the company.
  • Embrace diversity. Hire and retain the best of the best. Often times, these employees will be your fellow veterans.
  • Have a strategic vision. Plan where you want your business to be in five years and how you are going to take it there.
  • Don’t be afraid to delegate. Leaders can be found at all levels in an organization. Giving your employees more responsibility will help you to identify which ones have what it takes, allowing you the opportunity to help them develop their leadership skills.

Successful CEOs must build a team that are prepared to pitch in and move out of their comfort zones. This is something fundamental in the military, where the teamwork ethic is so strong that they never leave a man behind.

VAMBOA: California Business Portal

Those who own a small business — or want to start one — now have a one-stop source of information about the how-tos.

California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development this month set up a website dedicated to answering basic questions about starting, running or relocating a business.

Users also can use the portal to obtain licenses and permits, as well as to learn about state and local regulations and find links to additional information on government incentives.

The site is at and is accessible on both iOS and Android cell phones and other devices.

Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at


SBDC Training Schedule


Special Engagement Event

Small Business Brigade

In Partnership with The Jonas Project

Funded by Blackstone Charitable Foundation

At the beginning of May, we are hosting a very special engagement:
Small Business Brigade*.
 Please note the overall program has been postponed a week.  Please note the new dates below:

Fridays,  May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA   


Parking: Parking Passes are currently $2 and can be bought at the parking machine located
at parking lot entrance in front of Building #O-1.

*The Small Business Brigade is a multi-session training program designed to teach participants about the fundamentals of starting a small business.

Topics include:  business planning, building an online presence, legal formation, government procurement/certification, business financing options, financial recordkeeping and online/web

If you would like to attend this event, you will have to register ahead of time by either going to our website
 or by clicking the button below:






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SPONSOR a Seminar for $300.00 and receive:

  • Email promotion to over 5,000 Long Beach Area Businesses & professionals.
  • Sponsor logo on all SBDC at Long Beach City College marketing and promotional materials.
  • Presentation opportunity and materials at an SBDC at Long Beach City College seminars
  • Complimentary admission for two sponsors representatives 

The SBDC hosted by Long Beach City College Small Business Development Center serves the Greater Long Beach area. Our
experienced entrepreneurs provide workshops and one-on-one advising to fellow business owners at little or no cost. As your management advisors, we consult in areas such as finance, marketing, international trade, operations, social media, emerging technology,
and more.

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The Lead Center for the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network is operated by Long Beach Community College District.
The Small Business Development Centers are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, center host institutions, state and local funds, and corporate partners. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All Federal and State funded
programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for individuals with  disability will be made if requested in advance.

For Seminar and Sponsorship information please contact:

Small Business Development Center

Hosted by Long Beach City College

4900 E. Conant St., Bldg 2 Suite 108

 Long Beach, CA 90808

 Phone: 562-938-5100

Small Business Development Center Hosted by Long Beach City College

image003Taking place over three Mondays – January 12th, January 26th  and February 2nd,  the Small Business Brigade Entrepreneur Program is an all-encompassing entrepreneurship training program.  In the Long Beach, CA program, each military veteran or spouse of a veteran will learn about business planning, marketing, legal structures,  web development, accounting and finance taught by current business owners.  Upon completion of the training program, each participant will be assigned a business advisor who assists you one-on-one as you complete the planning stage and start your business. If you are looking to start your own business and do it the right way then this program is for you! *Particpants must be a Veteran or the Spouse of a Veteran*

For more information, go to:

SBA Los Angeles District Office

Women Veteran Entrepreneurial Network

 November 6, 2014 · 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall · 1816 Figueroa St · Los Angeles

Our team of small business experts delivers advice on how to start and grow your business.

Gain valuable, expert insight on finding financing, applying for government certifications, and other resources for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs and military spouses. This one-day training will:

  • Provide skills and business training for 200 women veterans;
  • Connect participants with community-based training;
  • Connect participants to capital resources; and
  • Network women veterans with each other for ongoing support.

Join us for a full day of training including continental breakfast and lunch.

Whatever stage your business is in, we’ll have interactive, informative sessions that will give you concrete steps to move your business forward.

  • Start Up – from the ‘I’ve got an idea stage’ to in business less than a year
  • Stable – in business for less than three years, but I’m up and running
  • Stretch – ready to stretch my wings and grow my businesses

Use this link for complimentary registration and to find more information: