The National Veteran-Owned Business Association opened its annual survey today honoring the best U.S. corporations working with veteran-owned businesses in 2017. The prestigious list honors the large corporations that most successfully engage the nation’s 3 million veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) as suppliers.
The survey runs through May 1, 2017. The companies that earn the Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs distinction will be featured in the cover story in the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur, NaVOBA’s national magazine.
“NaVOBA’ s efforts to identify the best big corporations doing business with veteran-owned businesses as suppliers has grown dramatically,” said Vice President Mimi Lohm. “Recognizing these Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs brings well-deserved recognition to the exceptional job these firms do at working with America’s vetrepreneurs.”
Through NaVOBA’ s untiring efforts the number of FORTUNE 1000 companies seeking veteran-owned suppliers has more than doubled since NaVOBA began its advocacy in 2007. Currently more than 400 of the world’s largest companies maintain programs designed to use VOBs as preferred vendors in their supplier diversity efforts.
The notion that military training is world-class preparation for running a business is reinforced by the fact that one out of every seven businesses in the U.S. is owned by a veteran, according to Census data. That’s twice the national average.
The 2017 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs Survey can be accessed at www.navoba.com/MFSDP2017.