My name is Andy Schabetsberger and I retired in 2017 from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), after serving as a Logistics Officer for 5 years. The business that I Co-Own is a CrossFit gym (CrossFit Westmount) and we offer personal training, group classes as well as therapy services to help our members get the health & fitness results they are aiming for.
What motivated you to get started in entrepreneurship?
I was motivated to make the switch from the military to entrepreneurship because I wanted to apply the skills I learned in the CAF to a totally new challenge.
How did you live that transitional period?
To help me with this transition, I was fortunate to participate inUniversity of Regina Prince’sOperation Entrepreneur (POE) boot camp in 2017 and it did not disappoint. The week is full of value-packed presentations, practical exercises and mentorship from business owners more than willing to pass on advice and tactical knowledge.
What did you think of the training camp?
I found the presentations on business modelling & planning, as well as business financials to be invaluable - marketing is a sexy topic, but understanding if your business plan is feasible or understanding the legal implications of how you manage your finances is so critical to any new entrepreneur!
What did you get from such an experience?
I left the POE boot camp with far less entrepreneurial blind spots, a solid plan with actionable to-dos and a network of peers to steer me towards my goals.
Proceeds from the BDC Challenge will help military veteran like Andy to get the entrepreneurship skills to start and grow successful businesses.