A certified Business Continuity Professional, business consultant Richard Cantner possesses nearly 30 years of experience in industrial engineering and business operation. Richard Cantner also formerly served in the US Army and supports the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), which will host its 2017 Memorial Day at the Wall event in May.
Thousands of veterans and their families travel to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Memorial Day to pay respects and honor the individuals who served in the US armed forces. Keynote speakers for the 2017 Memorial Day at the Wall include filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who began collaborating on historic documentaries in the early 1990s. Their combined work includes more than 60 hours of programming and some of the most critically acclaimed historic films and series. The filmmakers’ 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War that is set to air on PBS in September 2017.
VVMF will host its Memorial Day at the Wall on May 29, 2017, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Since 2011, Richard Cantner has worked as a Certified Business Consultant in the Florida Small Business Development Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. He is also a CBCP, (Certified Business Continuity Professional) and a CGBP, (Certified Global Business Professional). He has helped many companies get started and procure more than $3 million in loans for start-ups and existing businesses. A philanthropic individual, Richard Cantner supports numerous charitable organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Dick is a Veteran of 11 years in the US Army and did a Tour of Duty in South Viet Nam in 1969-70. He is a life time supporter of “The Wall That Heals” and has spent many hours at “The Wall”. His library contains many books and articles about the 58,403 Men and Women who gave their lives between 1962-1975.
Established in 1980, the VVMF is based in Arlington, Virginia, and is a nonprofit organization that began to support the national memorial dedicated to all those who served in the Vietnam War. The goal of the organization is to preserve the legacy of those who fought and the impact the Vietnam War had on the country. Due to its efforts, the memorial is one of the most visited memorials in the country and draws an annual 5.6 million visitors. The Wall, which was dedicated in 1982, celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017.
In January 2017, VVWF received its 50,000th photo for the virtual Wall of Faces. Begun in 2009, this project puts a name on the service members whose names adorn the wall. With more than 58,000 lives cut short due to the war, the Wall of Faces preserves the legacies of those whose names are listed. The 50,000th photo was collected of Bobby Joe Quinn of Morristown, Tennessee, and the photo was submitted by the VVA Chapter 1036 in Florida.
As a certified business consultant, Richard Cantner has helped start eight companies since 2011. He regularly meets with clients to discuss business issues including securing loans, financial statements, and hiring. Richard Cantner takes time out of his busy schedule for entertainment and particularly enjoys reading books by television host and author Bill O’Reilly.
Bill O’Reilly is well-known as a Fox News host, but he is also a New York Times best-selling author. His last completed book, Killing the Rising Sun, marked the 10th time one of his books reached the top of the best-seller list. Additionally, films based on O’Reilly’s previous books aired on the National Geographic Channel. Of these adaptations, Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus were both nominated for an Emmy.
Although the aforementioned books are all historical thrillers, his latest book, Old School: Life in the Sane Lane, co-authored with Bruce Feirstein, focuses on modern culture and is set to be released March 28, 2017.
Based in Florida, Richard Cantner brings decades of operations and engineering experience to his role as a certified business consultant. Specializing in marketing, finance, and hiring strategies for entrepreneurs, Richard Cantner draws on his extensive experience starting and operating businesses. Some key factors to consider when starting an enterprise include:
1. Sell what people want to buy. People frequently enter into a business selling something they like and expect others to as well, rather than a product or service with a proven track record.
2. Constantly look for ways to reduce costs. Consider furnishing your space with secondhand items and negotiate with vendors (paying upfront can give you some leverage).
3. Focus on marketing. Get the word out. Sales are the lifeblood of a business and marketing is the primary way to get leads. Once you have a customer, the right marketing strategy will also help you retain them.
4. Find a mentor. Look for someone objective and reliable who will hold you accountable. Another set of eyes can be an invaluable resource.