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Leveraging Veteran Social Capital: An Entrepreneurial Investment Strategy


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Randy Blass
Professor and Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute, Florida State University



LEVELBasic Understanding

Entrepreneurship is at its core, about leveraging resources to create and sustain a venture. These resources include financial capital, human capital, intellectual capital and social capital. In this session we will explore the importance of social capital to the success of a new enterprise as well as its importance to an existing and growing venture. Entrepreneurial social capital will be presented as an “owned” resource of external suppliers, customers, community leaders, and other entrepreneurs, and as such, perhaps the most important resource an entrepreneur controls. Participants will assess their own social capital, analyze the results, and discuss ways in which social capital can be developed, maintained, and leveraged to benefit entrepreneurial pursuits. Also discussed, will be how veterans seeking to launch entrepreneurial ventures have unique social capital challenges that stem from loss of interaction in home town, frequent reassignments, and differences between how military and civilian social systems operate.


Randy Blass Headshot

Randy Blass

Professor and Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute, Florida State University

Dr. Randy Blass is currently the Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Florida State University. Additionally, he is the Founder of the College's nationally acclaimed Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program, formed the national award winning Center for Veteran Outreach. He served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and as a founding member of the Small Business Administration’s National Council on Underserved Communities. Blass is an award winning educator and a 25 year veteran of the USAF with extensive operational experience in military deception, training and development, and operational and strategic planning.

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