Veterans, Guards, Reservists

aEONRG

Founded in 2013, aEONRG provides construction and renovation solutions, including LEED-certified government and corporate construction, renovations, environmental and renewable energy solutions, architectural and engineering services, project management and consulting.  Taking social responsibility seriously, aEONERG aims to provide one-stop-shopping general contracting solutions and to help reduce the country’s carbon footprint. 

After decades in the Army, from leading tank combat troops to managing procurement programs and working in the Pentagon for the Under Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, founder Bill Belknap became a corporate site general manager and facilities lead. But he says, his long standing goal was to become an entrepreneur. Belknap worked with SCORE counselor Frank Millheim while in the planning stages for his business.  “SCORE and specifically Frank Milheim actively listened to my start up business plan and goals, affirmed some of my directions and challenged me to focus more directly on specific groups of customers as well as services where I would have the most success.”

The company has 18 full- and part-time employees.  In 2013, aEONERG won 10 contracts – including one multi-year contract -- with revenues just shy of their $500,000 goal. For 2014, the company’s goal was to double its business with one million in contracts. In March it received its largest award ever and its 16th government contract, reaching $982,500 since becoming operational on May 1st 2013.  

The company is also dedicated to helping veterans, seniors, and the environment through its social responsibility program with a percentage of our profits.  The national nonprofit founded by Cass Belknap in 2003 www.TwilightWish.org, grants wishes to seniors, with one third of the 1,750+ wishes granted to veterans.

Owner/Founder
William Belknap

Tacoma/South Sound SCORE Chapter Honored by Small Business Administration for Outreach to JBLM

Date
Mon, 2014-05-19 10:21

May 19--The Small Business Administration has named the Tacoma/South Sound chapter of SCORE as the 2014 Washington Veteran Small Business Champion.

SCORE is a nonprofit agency whose volunteers provide free mentoring to small businesses and future entrepreneurs.The award honors those who have fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org  for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.

Veterans Who Want to Start Small Businesses Have ‘Wingmen’

Date
Mon, 2014-04-28 13:17

We’ll be their wingman … offering free counseling, contracting opportunities and access to capital,” said the new administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, after visiting a “Boots to Business: From Service to Start-Up” class recently.

This year, the SBA will train 15,000 transitioning service members, introducing them to the basics of business ownership and providing guidance through partner groups nationwide, she said.

That includes transitioning veterans here in Tucson.

SCORE: Resources Transition Veterans into Entrepreneurs

Date
Sun, 2014-04-06 11:02

Question: I’m a retired veteran, but am certainly not ready for the rest home. I would like to open my own small business using the skills I acquired during my military career, but I’m not certain how best to proceed. Can SCORE offer some guidelines?

Phil’s Old-Fashioned BBQ

Owner/Founder
Phil Bouchard
My Location
589 Elm Street
Milford NH
United States
Year Company Formed
2009
How SCORE Helped

Phil Bouchard encountered numerous obstacles in getting his business up and running.

Read his story in the Union Leader: 

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140407/NEWS02/140409411/0/SEARCH

 

 

Ask SCORE
          I recently completed development of a new item for the pet industry and will be receiving
the first shipment of product shortly. Though my background is in engineering, I now need to go
out and sell the product to distributors. Any tips on how to become a successful salesman?

          Among the many titles you take on when owning a small business is Chief Salesperson.  Your business literally cannot live without sales growth, and it’s up to you keep start—and keep—those customers coming.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

Fresno Co. Veteran Becomes Inaugural Recipient of National Award

Date
Thu, 2014-03-06 09:54

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A local disabled veteran was once told he was unemployable. So the Squaw Valley man and his wife created their own jobs -- turning his woodworking hobby into a successful engraving company. Now their efforts are receiving national attention.

An impressive Superman collection at Al Kroell's Squaw Valley home all started with a nickname: "Man of Steel." Because that's what Kroell is, after 53 surgeries.

"Due to a very bad accident when I was in the military I lost the use of both of my hands," said Kroell.

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