Life in the military tends to ingrain a sense of self-discipline and often times a leadership style that is essential as an entrepreneur. In fact, nearly 2.5 million veterans in the U.S. find owning their own business to be a natural fit for them.
However, even with seven years in the U.S. Navy and a background that fit the scope of his father’s recently started business, Clay Hand admitted he had no idea what to do when it came to running a business.
Hand is now the president of TRS Mechanical, a construction and HVAC/refrigeration service company in Spanaway, Washington, which employs 25 staff. He is also a recent graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program. “The biggest obstacle at times was myself; I needed the opportunity to learn,” Hand said. “I knew how to do the things that I had been doing, but I didn’t know the things that I needed to be doing. Emerging Leaders helped me understand what those things were.”
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