Service-Disabled Veteran Runs Business the Military Way

SBA, SBDC Complete Mission for Scott Seiberg’s Road to Franchise Ownership

 

BUFFALO, NY – Scott Seiberg’s transition from the United States Airforce to life as a civilian manager at a pediatric practice was effortless. 

After following in the footsteps of his father, both grandfathers and three uncles, the 41-year old Western New York native and medic continued his responsibilities of comprehensive care, treating patients.  His work caring for children and healing their wounds suited him.  But not for long.

While at an appointment in the waiting area of the United States Veterans Administration Seiberg says he picked up a GI Jobs magazine and noticed an article on JDog Junk Removal and Hauling; a franchise that empowers veterans by offering an eco-friendly residential and commercial junk removal.  A business opportunity to work for myself, he thought.

“I was excited about the mission of JDog Junk Removal and Hauling,” says Seiberg.  “After serving in the military I knew I could bring the same values I learned while serving in a military way with respect, integrity and trust. “I had the work ethic and dedication, but I didn’t have the knowledge of how to start my own business.”  Quickly, he realized there were many resources to assist him and he contacted the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College.

The SBDC is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with confidential business counseling, training, and business research at no cost.

Seiberg met with SBDC advisor Dan Hickman who reviewed franchise costs, developed projections and formulated a business plan that would assist him in applying for loan.  Hickman recalls, “Scott was very enthusiastic about becoming a franchise owner.  While I worked on his start-up, he attended multiple trainings and even met with two other NYS owners to develop his network.”

Hickman who has two sons serving in the military had a special interest with Seiberg and his love for helping veterans and opening a veteran dedicated business.  Hickman helped Seiberg to finalize his business plan, three-year projections and establish the basic building blocks for his business.  “Now, he is more like family,” Seiberg says.

Officially, one-year in business, Seiberg received his loan, purchased a vehicle, a trailer and has three employees (two veterans and one family member). Seiberg is looking to hire qualified veterans at this time.  And, he is already looking at purchasing a second truck within the next few months as his franchise territory covers Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling offers junk removal and hauling services for residential and commercial customers. Business operators are Veterans and Veteran and Military family members.  All services are delivered the Military way – with Respect, Integrity and Trust.  JDog is also committed to environmental responsibility, and makes every effort to donate or recycle old items whenever possible. If your junk isn’t reusable or recyclable, they will dispose of it in the most responsible manner possible in order to lessen our carbon footprint.

Seiberg has some words of wisdom for aspiring small business owners.  He says, “Don’t be afraid to go for it BUT don’t jump in before you understand the market and costs.” 

Want to learn how you can build and grow your own “vetbiz community?  Visit sba.gov/vetbiz to learn more - and tell us what your #vetbiz community looks like on social using #VetBiz.

The SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners. For more information, please contact your local SBA Buffalo district office at (716) 551-4301 or visit us online at sba.gov/ny/buffalo

 

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JDog Junk Removal and Hauling
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Buffalo, NY
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