I too am a Retired, Service Connection DAV trying to get a Dustless Blasting Business off the ground.
I have been acquiring pieces of equipment, as I can afford them, over the last year. All I have left to purchase is the blast pot.
I saw that you're in Louisiana.
I'm in the Mississippi Delta (NW MS)..
If willing to converse, I really need to speak with a fellow Vet who has been there, done that.
Thank you for you question. I don't have any startup experience, but do have some articles on the topic that might be beneficial for you:
https://hbr.org/2016/03/the-limits-of-the-lean-startup-method - Harvard Business Review
https://www.officevibe.com/blog/how-company-culture-affects-human-resources - Office Vibe
https://startupsventurecapital.com/army-to-entrepreneur-a-list-of-resources-a1856738e9e0 - RedWhale
The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act was recently passed, here is an article that recaps the legislation: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/20190108/veteran-business-owners-now-eligible-for-surplus. That might be helpful as you look to acquire more equipment.
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