What makes mentoring a veteran entrepreneur unique?
January 17, 2020
When Marc Tassé heard about the Operation Entrepreneur mentoring program, he thought it would be the perfect opportunity to support veterans getting into business. During his experience working with his two mentees, Charles and Stephan, Marc discovered an underlying theme amongst veteran entrepreneurs: a strong sense of duty towards their business.
Although Marc’s experience working with both his mentees were vastly different, from the type of business to the goals they set, he found that they both shared a similar ethos.
“They want to feel that at the end of the week, they did 40 hours and they did something good,” said Marc. “They really want to bring something positive and valuable to society.”
Marc is an investigative and forensic accountant specializing in fraud prevention and a part-time law and business professor at University of Ottawa. He shared his financial and start-up expertise and acted as a sounding board for Charles’ consulting practice and Stephan’s construction business.
He finds that working with veteran entrepreneurs is a fulfilling experience, in part due to their passion, work ethic and openness towards their businesses.
“We are dealing with people who are structured and who are very respectful of authority. They’re very open to listening,” said Marc.
Marc says that veterans are less focused on just making money and selling their business, but instead are more passionate about doing valuable work for the long run. Their strategic planning mindset from their military background translates well into the start-up phase of a business.
“When I’m dealing with veterans, it’s like ‘We’re going to define a strategy and we are going to be in business for a long time’,” said Marc.
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