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Veterans Think Big

Build On What You Know

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Four business owners, Jodi Johnson and  Dave Young of Oberon, Joe Fergus of COMTek, and Mark Gross of Oak Grove Technologies, all launched a business to provide support services to our troops. They all served in the armed forces and have deep experience and passion for their work.  More...

Build with People You Know

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Jodi Johnson and her former boss,  Dave Young, worked together for decades before they launched their own company. They have complementary strengths which make for a strong leadership team.
In another video, visit with Dave to study this company's first principles.   And even more...

Put Your Own Skin in the Game

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Each of these business put their own money on the line!  We begin with Joe Fergus (COMTek) who used his personal savings to launch his business and nearly ran out of cash before he made his first sale. We also hear from Mark Gross (Oak Grove Technologies) and Jodi Johnson (Oberon). More...

Listen to the Marketplace

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Mark Gross started in business with an idea that didn't work.  In the pursuit of the wrong idea, he landed on the right one, Oak Technologies.  This segment begins with Joe Fergus  of COMTek  and includes comments from Scott Denniston of the US Veterans Administration.

Partner with Big Business

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Arnold Punaro of SAIC explains how their $6 billion company looks for the right small businesses to play on its team.  Jodi Johnson (Oberon) and Joe Fergus (COMTek) also comment.

Do the work for the Government. Do it Faster - Cheaper - Better. Be Patrotic.

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Scott Denniston of the Department of Veterans Affairs says that there is help for veterans who want to start and grow a business.  Dave Young (Oberon) and Joe Fergus (COMTek) comment.  More...

Put Your Values in Writing

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Dave Young keeps everyone focused with a set of basic principles that are posted in the lobby for all to see. With Jodi Johnson, they attract great people who are building this company fast.     More...

Offer Fascinating Work

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Joe Fergus (above), Mark Gross, Dave Young and Jodi Johnson examine the basics. Joe says that pay and benefits are important, but interesting work is the best way to attract talent.  More...

Think Big from Day One

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Concluding Remarks:  Jodi Johnson and the three other founders in this episode all launched companies with a goal to reach a hundred million in annual sales!