Currently a student in Boise State’s Online Management Bachelor of Business Administration, Isaac Belden is also the owner of 12B Capital, a Boise-based company that provides funding, credit card processing and workflow solutions. He is driven by a passion for doing good in the world and for helping others do the same.
One of Belden’s endeavors is the first Veteran Entrepreneur’s Summit in Boise on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. Described as an “exclusive one-day event [that] has been designed and organized by military veterans for military veterans,” the summit is for entrepreneurs of all levels. The one-day workshop has attracted big names in business and the community, including Boise Mayor David Bieter and former Idaho Senator and current Chief Administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services Marv Hagedorn. Boise-based company Kryptek is also a sponsor. Attendees will learn from experts in breakout session and panels about subjects such as marketing, social media, and business law.
Though Belden knew he wanted to provide this opportunity for veterans who were still looking for a way to serve their community, he was nervous. “I’d never done something like this before, but I’d never started a business before either,” Belden said.
Belden shared his experience, which he believes is familiar to other veterans: wanting to do more, like start a new business, but not wanting to have to ask for help to get started. The Veteran Entrepreneur’s Summit will be an opportunity for many who are interested in starting a business or taking their business to the next level. Participants only need to pay a $10 registration fee–and all revenue will go to the Wyakin Foundation.
Belden calls himself an “accidental entrepreneur” after an unsuccessful first attempt at college–but instant success and income from starting his career in sales. He said he was young and dumb the first time he went to college. “I didn’t fail because I wasn’t capable; I failed because I wasn’t responsible,” he notes.
After starting his own business and having new inspirations to be successful as a student, like setting a good example for his young daughter, Belden is ready to succeed in the Online Management Bachelor of Business Administration program. The degree is his chance to become more successful with his business, which increases his ability to do good and expand on his philanthropic efforts–like the Veteran Entrepreneur’s Summit.
Belden chose to pursue a Management BBA degree online because he recognized he still needed to learn tools and skills to grow his business and lead future employees. The online delivery of the program is the perfect fit to ensure that his commitments to his business, philanthropic work and family don’t suffer.
Belden hopes his experiences will inspire others to go after their goals. “Going into business shouldn’t be something you are afraid of,” he says. “There are people to help you.”
To learn more and register for the Veteran Entrepreneur’s Summit, visit the Summit’s Eventbrite page. If you’d like to learn more about Boise State’s Online Management BBA, visit online.boisestate.edu/mananagement or contact a Student Success Coach at (208) 426-5921.