Veteran entrepreneurs running their own businesses are being celebrated by Google with the presentation of a Google Challenge Coin! When the mail came yesterday we had a small white box from Google. Since neither of us bought anything from them we were curious as to what it was. Upon opening it we were surprised to find the token of gratitude honoring Joe, an army vet.
So I guess Google really does know everything about us! Their challenge to vets is to pay it forward by tagging a fellow veteran who inspired you to become an entrepreneur and helped you to grow. So here is Joe’s tribute to a vet who inspired him to begin his own business.
Robert Wiebolt, a WWII Air Force veteran.
When we first met Bob he was around 63 years old and still working at his own flooring business in downtown New York City. He talked about the challenge of taking the installation equipment into the high rise apartment buildings and installing floors for wealthy clients. But he didn’t talk much about his job as a tail gunner on B17 aircraft during the war. His success and humility at having his own business planted the seed in Joe to become an entrepreneur. It became the driving force behind the goal to start a bed and breakfast as a second career when it was time to retire from teaching. When Bob was around 73 his son took over the business but Bob kept busy running the VFW hall in his community. He passed last year at age 93.
Robert’s and Joe’s service to country along with our Coast Guard daughter and our Air Force daughter in-law have been the inspiration for us to participate every year in the B & B’s for Vets program. And since today is Veterans Day we will have all three of our rooms occupied by veterans at no cost to them. Throughout the year we also offer a 20% discount for active duty vets and 10% off for veterans.
And to all vets remember that this is National Veterans Small Business Week so be inspired! Grow your ideas and start your small business! And from everyone on the home front we say to all of you presently serving and all vets, “Thank you for giving us our freedom!”