Jon Robinson dropped out of college after 9/11 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman. John served for over 8 years on active duty and in the reserves from Fallujah to Mozambique.
Jon currently serves as Manager in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to deliver entrepreneurship resources through community colleges, programs to support military veteran entrepreneurs, and other projects to improve local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.
During this interview Jon talks about the importance of connecting with others on your entrepreneurial journey and many of the resources that are available to Veterans (as well as non-veterans) in most communities across the United States.
Some of the resources Jon recommends are:
Kauffman.org – just in time entrepreneurship training available
Entrepreneurship.org – curated resources to help you start and grow a business
1MillionCups.com – Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
In many communities around the country, there are a lot of opportunities for you to engage with other entrepreneurs who can help you or who at least can just be a sympathetic ear to hear what you are struggling with…don’t be afraid to ask for help”