Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Gregory Shaffer, Founder of Shaffer Security Group, located in Dallas, TX, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Shaffer Security Group (SSG) is a Texas-based security firm specializing in designing security plans for special events, corporate security/executive protection teams, physical security vulnerability assessments, and active shooter response & personal security training.

Tell us about yourself

I am a retired FBI Special Agent with over 31 years of law enforcement experience. I am a former member of the FBI's elite "Hostage Rescue Team" (HRT), and I conducted tactical operations across the globe. I gained exclusive knowledge on planning security for special events while assigned as the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Supervisor. During this time, I planned the security for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, 2011 NFL Super Bowl, 2011 MLB World Series, and various PGA and NCAA events. Each day I strive to learn more about security while ensuring those around me and my clients are kept safe.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Starting my own successful security business after 31 years of government service. I had to change my paradigm from being in the shadows and never on social media to marketing myself and my new company to include telling the world what I used to do and who I used to work for.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Learning the rules, regulations, laws, taxes, and reports for starting a new business.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Ask for help, guidance, and direction from those who are successful in your field - they're happy to share their knowledge.
  3. You know more influential people than you think - use them to garner leads and help you promote your new company.

Where can people find you and your business?


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