Catapult Weekend was an event hosted by Good Will San Antonio to encourage retired military veterans to launch their own business.
One year ago I was wrapping up work at the office and I headed downstairs to volunteer at an event at Geekdom. They wanted to have a three-day startup weekend event similar to what they had done in the past but targeted towards the retired military.
This was different than the normal startup weekends I had participated in the past. This was less competitive and more structured to be a learning environment for these individual teams.
During the weekend, we were mentoring the different teams, and we found one solo person, whose team had not shown up for day two. After some encouraging, we convinced her to continue to pursue her idea by offering her a free website.
One year later, her website is going strong, and she is actively getting business. It has been an amazing journey to watch her grow and to see all the support she has gotten over the time. I am on her contact form and periodically I see requests for consultations which she can hopefully convert into a new business while retaining her currently existing client.
All of this has been built on her blog and the connections she has made while writing her blog. I always try to encourage clients to maintain a blog, so it is great to see a blog start to gain traction for her.
Sadly they are not doing another weekend again this year, which is a bit of a disappointment because it was a wonderful way to celebrate Veterans Day weekend.