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Thank -- -- -- in any thank you for joining us it's small business today happy hump day to everybody let's start with our first guest.
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-- -- time you're the executive director of the veterans pathway for business.
The idea here and a topic that we're discussing is getting veterans back from the battlefields and into business.
Preferably becoming entrepreneur are as good morning I -- it very do you any good thank you so much for joining us.
-- tell us a little bit about -- organization.
So veterans have to wait to business success is an organization that was created last year by Korean War veteran.
Our mission is to.
Help those veterans coming from Iraq Afghanistan -- -- eleven served over there.
Live now at Florida hopefully we can extend this to it to a larger audience clearly depending on funding.
Coming back to Florida they want to start their own business.
Or to grow with existing business and to do that we give them -- grant it is not alone.
It is -- grants no strings attached.
To do that the average grant that we give this thirty to 40000 dollars and and -- -- -- -- once we get that it helped them be successful.
How did it cross platform that -- Yet -- -- -- the eligibility -- his Iraq Afghanistan living in Florida and that we have a business plan we have a pretty.
Stringent process like that business plan is developed they have a grant committee that this plane goes to our veterans have -- toward the we votes and we we get the grants this pretty grateful.
Do we know how many veterans are losing their jobs today.
I don't know how many are losing their jobs that a that there is -- large about coming back with no job.
For whatever reason the economy is certainly changed.
That they lift a lot of companies are struggling.
They're coming back -- those jobs that they thought that they had are not there it definitely I think that veterans you know while while -- service.
Developed a very specific skill set and that made up -- message -- the job this year.
You know necessarily looking war in your area where -- living.
-- more than 200000.
Or discharge every year -- that's a pretty high number.
And we're also finding that many veterans are doing well as -- -- Norris and in business' recent statistics show.
This is according to -- Small Business Administration that there are nearly two and a half million veteran owned businesses.
That accounts for just about a tenth.
Of businesses here in the US of small businesses here so what about the qualifications in the skill sets that veterans do have that.
Then make them good businessmen and women and onto for Norris.
I think if you you know you look at what what.
Take what it takes to be a good soldier or marine or our you know person in the military -- -- its commitment dedication.
The ability to forward -- to the end clearly because -- -- -- your life at stake.
And that -- guilt that is very highly correlated but it was what it takes to be an entrepreneur -- as we don't know.
So that that.
You know as skill that can be transition that clearly everybody doesn't necessarily want to -- -- -- to secure or hand the amount to war but what we're finding is that.
This matches the veterans they also have developed a very generic set -- skills if you will again but bill.
Survival and that's again it's translated into what it takes to be an entrepreneur or what -- -- the stress what it takes -- the type commitment.
What it takes for the dedication to build your own business.
Separately the thing is really important about what we're doing it that if we can help those veterans.
Start or grow their business they are going to hire other veterans as you -- the employment rate for veterans.
Just over 2% higher than the national unemployment rate.
So if a veteran can start his or her own business.
They will hire other veterans because it is that growing network is growing network that we support we've supported through our.
Sponsors clearly -- growth within our sustainability potential sponsors.
But as we grow our network we are bringing more veteran -- Either as employees of those businesses that we are funding.
-- as if we will be a mentor to him if you will help them get started either at a business or working for a small business for -- them by veterans.
That's an excellent point that -- means Charlotte that veterans are more inclined to hire other veterans right -- the wheel turning.
Absolutely say they are totally dedicated to one another and most of the businesses that that we have seen and certainly the businesses that we have funded.
We now given three grants to this year all of the businesses are dedicated to -- other veterans.
Thank you so much for your time this morning great story.
Charlotte front Ottoman executive director of veterans pathway to business will pull your website.
On the screen now so all of our viewers can see thank you for sharing that with us -- -- pleasure -- lung and blood team on foreign aid and now we're gonna get a break now we'll be back right after this with and -- Bernardin says.
He has the items that men want to put in their gym bags and in their suitcases because they're small they're adorable.
And a actually work whether it back.
Tell the ladies out there and men to -- knowing it is it to -- -- -- are usually wind -- bringing more to really treatment if you clothing and she is nonetheless.
John cap rally the founder of -- supplies as a solution to all -- this for men only at least they -- coming I'm thinking -- are you doing really well city you cast and their finance job to start asking care company.
For men it doesn't sound like your typical trajectory.
Definitely not definitely not you about a year and a half ago.
I came up with the idea of launching an all natural -- will be -- Caroline -- and I called -- -- supplies.
And a little over a year ago.
I left my job and actually decided to do it full time so we get a definite -- -- it's it's been great actually.
Cool hello about -- up products an airline -- that here if you can just shows some of them I'm sure pick up one this is so small and -- yet that you know.
You can just throw in any bad it doesn't whale it doesn't take up room and it doesn't look like it will explode unless they're beautiful.
Yeah exactly and so like I you know I put together the line to -- With my lifestyle brand at the time when I came up the idea I was living between new York and Los Angeles so is doing a lot of traveling.
Bomb and then like you know most people I try to go to the gym as many chances as I can.
During the week which is not very often but practical as the goal -- they had the intent.
-- the -- you know exactly.
And so you know when I was developing the packaging for my line and I wanted it to fit well with my lifestyle.
And so I decided on the -- for two reason or a couple of reasons actually more than a couple reasons first of all it's really easy to throw -- back and not have to worry about.
There's a there's a threaded top.
I'm so it makes it less likely to explode in a bad when you're traveling or when you're going to the gym and you the other thing and and this is one of the biggest challenge -- to selling skin care man -- the products have to look masculine.
Good point because I think I I you know I think the biggest impediments to selling -- -- -- man is you know overcoming the embarrassment factor and so.
-- I wanted to create.
A product that looked like undoubtedly that'd been developed for a guy and I felt like the -- package.
-- with this sort of look and feel to it made that very clear I'm holding that protected and that moisturizer yet how much is this.
-- that's at that retails for 25 dollars.
It's an all natural products and what's really cool about the product itself the formula itself is that you know like the packaging I actually put together the formulas.
To fit my lifestyle as well and so.
Each of my formulas does multiple things and so this product for example.
Is a moisturizer.
It's it it has anti aging ingredients and works like an anti aging serum.
And it also has Matt buying ingredients and most guys -- even -- -- -- fire is but anyone -- Exactly -- -- put moisturizer in their face and has you know had that shiny case feeling.
Who knows that you know they don't like that and so.
You know what I tried to do was do all the thinking for my customers and you know I knew I didn't like China face and so I investigated how to fix that and -- put that fire my product so really works like three products -- how do you feel about that -- about price point is this is two and a half -- -- Yes it changed my thought is that a lot of that -- Horrible -- competitor and it's.
-- is so so the -- is meant to be premium.
At the time when I was developing the products I was using department store level product so I was paying you have.
It's -- 53040 dollars for a product.
And what I realized was you know spending all this time and effort putting.
Putting your good things in my body as it relates food as a -- to to drinks.
And then every morning I was putting kind of expensive products that were -- in with lots of different they are chemicals and things I didn't want to expose myself to and so.
What what I sort of the company had really set out to replace those premium products that you might find -- the department store with something that was just as effective.
But an all natural alternative to that and so that that's -- a five dollar price point is because.
You know it's it's meant to be a premium product and that in the formulas I think justified the price -- a bit.
On and -- remaining US -- that's right that's right every the entire line is it's designed here in New York.
The packaging was designed here in new York and all of them product and actually made in Los Angeles at -- -- you -- you mean there.
I mean me America is.
Elect I'm an art in America and I'm proud to be America and you know made in America is.
Not only I think good for business right now it's actually really convenient.
There's a lot of access manufacturing capacity here in the United States right now -- -- American sport and you could put Americans to work and you used to be at at even.
And even in the time.
In the in the time that I've just been working on this project it's actually gotten easier to manufacture here in the United States -- yeah when I first started in particular.
For the packaging itself.
I had to really convince people to try to work to want to work with me because I wasn't manufacturing a million pieces.
You know now it's it's gotten a little bit easier to find.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The average person uses a lot of different product yesterday we are usually don't need them but we use them yet you helped consolidate.
The size of -- anything.
Menacing cabinet but by not.
But having products that do multiple -- I I like to think that -- and again I designs I design these products to fit with.
-- the average guys lifestyle really with my own lifestyle and so every product does multiple things.
And you know I think 83 products it won't either I decided to -- -- with three -- there's always of course the opportunity to to create and to sell some additional products but it.
I like to call the three products that I started out with the basics and so I have a moisturizer product that like it's like I said works like an anti aging -- works like a moisturizer looks like about a fire on one product.
I've achieved product that's meant to work like appreciate -- the basis of that formula is actually air conditioner so it -- like appreciate boil it softens haircuts are ready to be shaped.
Protects the skin like a shave -- would.
And that it has a cooling menthol.
At an all natural I ingredient called Allentown which is anti inflammatory sit to make it work like an after shift.
-- and -- have a face wash your face -- is a pretty basic product to begin with but.
You know one of my biggest pet peeves about faith based watches after you wash your face intent to get that tight piece feeling and I'm and so I built my -- -- to include.
Ingredients like highly erratic acid and you know moisturizing ingredients so that -- after you wash it off your face to face feels more -- doesn't feel -- You -- son -- little bit before by saying it's very advantageous to do.
A maintenance America label get his point but why else do you think that -- -- the time front premieres I've -- -- start up their business.
You know look I don't know if it's because I'm now an entrepreneur and I'm realizing it more for it's been like this for awhile but -- -- this is like the ideal time to start a business in America.
-- -- -- -- give you give Webb -- the kick starter.
Making it really easy for entrepreneurs to you conceive the idea and then to raise some money to get started that I that's a really important you annually -- -- there you know.
If -- interestingly kick starter doesn't allow at this point anyway doesn't allow for cosmetics companies to raise money on -- site -- -- -- -- -- I don't know why but I have a number of friends who have used kick starter to -- might get their businesses up and running and it's a really you know.
Capital to get started is a really important sort of building block to you know get getting an entrepreneurial economy up and running it so that's really great.
I'm I think the other really not great but we story talked about the manufacturing.
Capacity -- you know.
The ability to find a contract manufacturer I think ten years ago to find a contract manufacturer was willing to work with someone like me.
Right to formulate products and to produce them I think that would have been a lot tougher than it is today.
Really I think almost most importantly has been the advent of social media.
You know it used to be twenty years ago there were a few.
Companies that controlled the eyes and ears of the customer and it was very difficult to build a brand.
With a limited budget I think yeah today the advent of social media allows me.
To talk directly to my customers so whether it's a Twitter or whether it's through FaceBook or some other means.
You know I've -- customers that -- to me all the time and you know I have a direct link to those customers and I can respond directly about us and deposits unity and John -- website up on the screen so everybody can see navy can tell us where we confined to products sure well right now the best ways to -- them is my website Paris supplies dot com -- But you -- coming up this side this summer we're actually launching wholesale -- re launching wholesale.
And we hope to be and you know a number of specialty mens stores throughout the country itself.
Good luck and congratulations and have to end this segment with big -- three to threes chat.
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If he's -- government got about -- yes a lot of big minutes on average -- are gonna -- Welcome back -- Lawrence -- -- able to gray day outside here in New York City fine I have line south press got lots of outdoor cafes sparking.
-- and many CD's but there -- some of the crackdown going on in in some places like hearing here C -- real Carroll joining us from Fox Business stock comes tell us more.
About this story now that summer is -- started yet so in New York.
And Philadelphia there's in this crackdown on sidewalk cafes.
In New York it it.
Especially for these small business centers in New York seventeen restaurants received notices that gave them three options.
They could either prove that they have the right to operate the -- -- half thanks Heidi prevent.
Lots of documents.
Going back to the city's filing it takes a very long time it's going to be expensive for them to create that.
Thank you could file for -- Sony exemption also time consuming and expensive and in terms of the attorney fees.
Or you could just simply closed on your side a -- happened in obviously nobody wants to get that.
If -- one of the seventeen York city restaurants who got this notice.
Do you have to shut down you -- -- an answering it.
Now you don't have to shut down while you're answering the homeless -- that's that you do have only one country days.
In order to choose one of the three -- flow on the CMO summit base that -- -- -- into -- -- -- him Labor -- time yeah now there I just having problems haven't yet you do you -- -- -- -- but.
There's this fear what's going to happen next -- and when your small business -- anything that's going to cause added -- from our regulation.
-- -- your attorney it's a big problem in the Philadelphia.
This city has basically been receiving all of these complaints from that -- -- -- -- walk on the sidewalks they can't get I at a -- after all here guys.
And telling an industry has an Iowa -- and -- and let you know it.
This idiot basically saying that these restaurants that are stretching it a little -- -- And it's handing out -- 75 dollar.
Per infraction so this could clearly add up again and again and that city is going to be doing monthly inspections on all of these restaurant -- -- -- for.
They're looking for are used setting up more shares -- Workers -- you aren't going a few more inches -- the sidewalk and we said it was okay for you to -- So they're setting up.
B.'s monthly inspections which is going to take their person out.
And it's just service.
Putting a little bit of fear in the hearts these restaurant owners in Philadelphia.
During the busy some perceive them yet people love to eat outside especially when you get -- glimpse of sun after uncle went there.
And in franchise dean outside India and he glanced outside to meet a little bit I have because we've learned so much subsidies are really -- the whole sidewalk -- that idea.
Which is great for the business -- -- because you know aside from consumers loving to -- outside.
It's great marketing for these business senators because you have people enjoying the food outside -- walking by you can say.
That looks awesome I wanna come back hearing app that -- -- -- it's smoke you can yes you can you can do that and other about our -- -- art.
But you know it's a great marketing opportunities business -- it's clear why you would want -- doctor cafes in San Diego.
The city's actually easing up harassed -- so it used to be.
Between 101000 dollars and 121000 dollars to get this outdoor dining government which at that time that and it is an only in San Diego and San Diego between ten and twenty Grand Canyon twelve yes I'll let -- huge I mean inferred to set up ten tables that is a huge -- yes -- -- prohibit that I mean restaurants just.
Clinton ally but -- -- discussing -- like San Diego and they have nice weather -- -- -- -- -- -- -- is really gonna boost in this senate must be nice -- training and any -- So they're basically easing up on these restrictions and -- -- the time -- has passed and you proposed -- That would basically allow business owners to -- -- -- or something like 500 dollars out of some much lower me.
I business friendly and it that are saying don't they're going to be the first in line to get -- permit their Bryant sent the -- about.
They say you know and -- city where.
Some streets get 181000 cars per day just having that outdoor seating is a sign that says we're open for business writing a love it here -- an -- expanding your business a couple of feet.
Out into this store front nine to the sidewalk he got to imagine that it's more tables which means yet wait staff stating -- other -- -- Yes I spoke with one restaurant owner in San Diego says that he imagine -- be able to hire six more people -- -- that's a huge increase and you know getting more people more jobs.
Let's -- yeah less regulation more hiring will take -- small business now is the time.
According to our previous -- thank you for joining us from the small business plan Sam Lawrence and in any gap they'll count thank you -- coming on your your story on this is going to be on foxbusiness.com.
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