One of the most well-known acronyms is B.Y.O.B. But, before you run out and try to find Happy Hour let me first tell you that these letters stand for Be Your Own Boss!

Being your own boss can be a wise choice for some. If you're an out-of-the-box thinker and entrepreneur and want to do your own thing, this might be an option.

With 955,000,000 hits on Yahoo! and a whopping 1,940,000,000 additional choices on Google during a web search of "start your own business", where do you start? The Small Business Association is a good start. Your State and Local agencies provide support for starting your business. A quick trip to your Chamber of Commerce, Corporation Commission, or any Civic Groups might reveal much wisdom. My best advice to you is this: do your homework!

I've been approached by many, many business opportunities over the years. If I had a dollar for each one, I'd actually start writing blog posts from "the most beautiful beaches in the world". Maybe you've made mad money in multi-level marketing businesses, maybe not. I can't seem to find anyone willing to show me a pro forma proving a profit.

With the internet filled with get-rich-quick schemes, let the business buyer beware of the scams out there. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, who should you turn to for advice?

Here's a short list of some people and places you might consider:

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. Check them out at:

The Women Veterans Business Center (WVBC) is part of the Veterans Infosource Project (VIP) out of Houston, TX. The goal of this program is to educate and empower Women Veterans and Military Families to start and grow Veteran-owned businesses. More info is available at:

Need marketing materials and promotional items for your business? Spartan Direct is a Veteran-owned business that helps any business meet their "promotional mission". If you need anything with your business logo on it - and I mean just about anything - you can search their website. From USB drives to bobble heads, to medical equipment, coffee mugs to rubber wristbands with your company logo, this is one example of a Veteran-owned company that can support your company.

One of the keys to success in any business venture is to connect with people knowledgeable in business. As someone connected to the military, you might consider contacting other Veteran-owned businesses. I discovered all the above-mentioned businesses by a simple web search (out of those millions, I found this grouping of entrepreneurs who appear to have a bright future). I'm including the link to The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) website, specifically the link to a list of Veteran-owned businesses where all this information came from:

I have no affiliation with any of these, but would encourage you to try to connect with these fellow Brothers & Sisters in Arms. Pretty soon, you could be your own BOSS! Your Independence Day awaits!