Now it’s our turn to be of service to you as you build, maintain or grow a successful Veteran-Owned Small Business.
PNC Bank is committed to helping small businesses like yours by providing the tools and resources they need to grow.
We're providing this informational kit of the 5 articles below to help you:
Each of these online articles in our veterans kit is available for download or print as an individual pdf so you can save the article(s) most useful to you. Or, get a copy of all of them in one combined pdf by downloading the complete kit below.
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You’ve sacrificed so much serving your country – and now you’re ready to get home and start back to work. But where do you start? The checklists inside will help you transition right back into working for yourself, help you manage your business, and provide guidance on how to grow.
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Mike Durant is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, Black Hawk helicopter Master Aviator and recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart and POW Medal. He is also a past recipient of the National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s Vetrepreneur of the Year award. Mike offers his insights to help other veteran small business owners understand the key tactics for building a successful enterprise.
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In this second installment from Mike Durant, he says there are six main reasons U.S. Special Operations are usually successful – and they also happen to be the building blocks for successful small businesses, too.
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You’re ready to open a small business, or grow the one you already have. This great opportunity takes patience, perseverance, and some extra cash. Follow the steps detailed in this article to improve your odds of getting the financing you need – and accessing resources that will help you plan for the future.
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Now more than ever, U.S. companies are motivated to work with a diverse range of suppliers, including veterans. While there are many factors that go into being evaluated for public and private sector contracts, here are three moves you can make right now to position yourself for new business.
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Mike Durant also created six exclusive videos for PNC with insights to help small business owners understand the key tactics driving "mission success" for growing their business.
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When you talk with a business banker about your loan, identify yourself as a veteran, and ask for promo code 117.
The SBA’s Veterans Advantage eliminates or reduces the upfront SBA guaranty fee on SBA loans for veterans and those who qualify as a veteran* in the military community.
Veteran Fee Relief
SBA Veterans Advantage (Non-SBA Express Loans) - features upfront guaranty fees that are 50% less for veteran owned-businesses compared to non-veteran owned businesses on loan amounts between $125,001 up to $5,000,000.
* To qualify, the business must be 51% or more owned and controlled by an individual(s) in one or more of the following groups: Veterans (other than dishonorably discharged), Service-Disabled Veterans, Active Duty Military service member participating in the military's Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Reservists and National Guard Members, Current spouses of any of the previously listed and widowed spouses of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability.
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Get More Veteran-Owned Business Resources for starting, growing and running your business from the SBA.gov website.
Veterans hoping to launch a small business or grow an existing one have a unique opportunity to benefit from government initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship among military members.
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One career option that has proven popular with veterans in general, and disabled service members in particular, is entrepreneurship.
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The federal government provides many veteran-focused resources to help ex-military personnel become entrepreneurs such as: special guidance, financing assistance, and government contracts set aside specifically for them.
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Find out more about PNC’s experts, values and priorities through interesting stories on timely and relevant topics such as finance and the economy, community involvement and banking innovation.
Three military veterans left the U.S. Army to start a craft brewery.
In 2014, the three soldiers made a pact to leave the U.S. Army and set up the Southern Pines Brewing Co. in this village that once served as a health resort for weary travelers. Today the thriving brewery is a success, but at times it looked like the dream would stay just that – a dream.
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How a veteran and his wife built a daycare business from the ground up
A U.S. Army veteran thought he was going to retire from the military and work in the medical field. But when he and his wife couldn’t find a quality childcare program, their home-based business turned into a six-location operation with over 660 children enrolled.
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Focus and adaptability are among the values veterans bring to the workforce
It’s almost cliché that military veterans’ discipline, teamwork and leadership skills make them good hires for an organization. But desirable as those traits are, hiring managers sometimes overlook their value to focus on experience or specific training for the job opening.
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PNC’s Supplier Diversity Program seeks to develop relationships with business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, veterans, service disabled veterans, people with disabilities as well as small and disadvantaged business enterprises.
"At PNC, we concentrate our efforts on the intentional inclusion of diverse-owned business enterprises within our supplier sourcing processes. Our supplier diversity program helps us to remain competitive in the marketplace.”
Maureen B. Seskey
Director, Supplier Diversity & Sourcing Operations
We want to work with more businesses like yours. As a program participant, you will:
With the rapidly evolving landscape of social networking platforms, it’s becoming more challenging for businesses to keep up and get solid results. How do you ensure you stay in front of your target audience? What’s working today to build community, increase engagement and boost sales conversion? What are the proven best practices for maintaining a solid reputation?
In this dynamic discussion, internationally renowned social media thought leader and premier Facebook marketing expert Mari Smith answers these questions and more. Get ready to take plenty of notes: Mari’s session are packed with both recommended strategies as well as practical tips to help you get measurable results.
Mari has also created three informative videos exclusively for PNC, to help small businesses get the most out of using social media to reach and service new customers. Listen and learn how to be "Maximizing Social Media for Your Business".
Durant, the man behind the real life story of Black Hawk Down, New York Times best-selling author of "In the Company of Heroes", successful entrepreneur and business owner – and the 2013 Vetrepreneur of the Year, offers a fast-paced look at the similarities between business operations and U.S. Special Operations – including an overview of the fundamentals this unique organization uses to help its people perform to their fullest potential.
Additional topics include:
Durant highlights how these elements are critical to any organization’s success, and uses a U.N. mission in Somalia as a case study. He also discusses lessons learned and how they can be applied to all organizations. Durant’s personal story as the sole survivor of the firefight at crash site two during the infamous Blackhawk Down mission provides additional insight into preparing for and surviving the extreme. Durant is currently the president and C.E.O. of Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering services company he started and which employs 80% veterans.
Guest Speaker: Gene Marks, Nationally Recognized Management Expert
Hear Gene Marks, whose The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine and The Huffington Post columns on management are read weekly by hundreds of thousands of owners of small and medium-sized businesses across the country.
Gene covers the latest trends, techniques and tactics used by smart business owners and managers to maximize their cash flow, including:
We want you to have the knowledge and confidence to manage your money. That’s why we created PNC Achievement Sessions — a series of practical sessions taught by real-world experts on financial topics that matter to you, including issues unique to those who have been in military service.
Let's talk about what your plans and needs are. Visit a local PNC Bank branch, or submit our Contact Form and we'll get in touch with you.
All loans and lines of credit are subject to credit approval. Requires automatic deduction from a PNC business checking account. Offers may be extended, modified or discontinued at any time without notice.
Available for: Commercial Real Estate Purchase or Renovations; Leasehold Improvements; Business Expansion, Acquisition, Start-up, Partner-Buyout; Franchise Financing; Equipment or Inventory; Working Capital
To qualify for this offer, the business applicant must be at least 51% owned and controlled by an individual or individuals in one of the following groups: Veterans (other than dishonorably discharged); Service-Disabled Veterans; Active-duty military participating in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP); Reservists and National Guard members; Current spouse of any Veteran; Active Duty service member, or any Reservist or National Guard member; Widowed spouses of service members or veterans who died during service or as a result of service-related disabilities; all as evidenced by documentation acceptable to PNC Bank, National Association, in its discretion. Promo Code 117
A preferred interest rate that is 0.50% lower than our standard interest rates available on business term loans and lines of credit. Your actual rate will be based on a review of your credit application, the loan product you select and the loan amount, and will be set at time of approval. Other fees may apply. Offer not to be combined with other offers. Offer not available to tax free or tax reduced entities. Promo Code 117
$10,000 minimum loan amount in geographic locations deemed Low-to-Moderate Income.
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