UPS will be hosting a “Veteran Owned Business (VOB) Summit”

Target Attendees are veterans who own a small to medium sized business and are looking for ways to connect with larger corporations who may outsource services such as Advertising, Consulting, IT,  Legal, Facilities, Printing, Office Supplies & Equipment, and many more not listed.

The objective will be to inform, educate, and equip VOBs to compete and earn new business and the various vendor qualification processes that are involved.

The panel members will be senior level managers involved in purchasing and/or supplier diversity from companies like UPS, Home Depot, Southern Company, First Data and more. We will also have the Department of Labor and other special guest speakers and service providers.

“Speed dating” follow-on sessions will be available in selected conference rooms with the VOB owners/representatives and the panelist and/or other purchasing representatives at the event. You will walk away with actionable information to help you grow your business!

When: 25 Aug, 2015

Where: UPS HQ, 55 Glenlake Parkway Atlanta GA

How to Register: Send an email with “VOB Summit” in the subject to bwolfe@ups.com with your company’s Name, Federal Tax ID, Company Bio, and Mailing Address.

An official invitation and tickets will be sent to you; you must have a ticket to attend due to limited seating capacity. Limit 2 tickets per company; the event is free. More details will be available in the follow-up invitation.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/16/2015 09:30 AM

Last Chance to Nominate a Biz for the Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®

If you are a Hispanic business owner and you also served in the military, we want to hear your story. Or, if you know a successful Hispanic vetrepreneur, please nominate their business. The 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® will grace the cover of the September 2015 issue of Vetrepreneur magazine. In addition, she/he will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony this fall.

Click here to nominate now!

Submissions close this weekend for the 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®.  

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/06/2015 10:11 AM

Nominate Your Business for the Minority Business Development Agency Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards

The deadline to apply is June 26th. 
The MBDA awards are commemorative and will be given in the following categories:
  Minority Construction Firm of the Year
  Minority Export Firm of the Year
  Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year
  Minority Energy Firm of the Year
  Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year
  Minority Technology Firm of the Year
  Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year
  Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year
  MBDA Minority Business Enterprise of the Year
  Access to Capital Award
  Advocate of the Year
  Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award
  Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement
  Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/16/2015 01:57 PM

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for VETS 2015!

This year, the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium, hosted by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition and its partner, AetherQuest Solutions, will be in Norfolk, Virginia from June 9-11 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. In its fifth year, VETS has moved from its traditional venue in Reno to its new home in Norfolk to reach a new, growing crop of vetrepreneurs. 
The heart of Costal Virginia provides VETS with a vibrant military and defense-related community, exemplified by a rich history and long association with the Armed Forces. The region has more than 75 federal facilities and defense installations, including the world’s biggest naval base, the NASA Langley Research Center, and the only North American Headquarters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on American soil. With the largest concentration of military personnel outside of the Pentagon, nearly 110,000 active-duty military members, including over 550,000 military veterans, live in the area.
This year’s symposium is shaping up to be very special event. Attendees will gain the knowledge and relationships necessary to take advantage of the federally-mandated contract opportunities set aside specifically for veteran-owned small businesses. The symposium will focus on educational business development sessions for new and mid-level firms, one-one business matchmaking with government representatives and prime contractors, and a larger exhibit hall with extended hours for increase networking opportunities. More than 500 attendees are expected to attend.
Informative Sessions
Some of the informative training sessions will include: an overview of the Center for Veterans Affairs verification process, financing options for vetrepreneurs, managing federal contracts and profitability, effective presentation and elevator speeches, and financial audits and compliant accounting systems, to name a few.
Retired Generals Michael Hayden and Thomas Kolditz will deliver the keynote addresses. Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and the first principal deputy director of national intelligence at a time when the course of world events was changing at an accelerating rate. Kolditz is a retired brigadier general and professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. His experience as a leader development expert spans four decades in the public, private, and social sectors.
There will also be a Champion of Veterans Enterprise Awards ceremony. This award recognizes federal agencies and large prime contractors for achieving the 3 percent goal for awards or subcontract awards to service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses and/or achieved 8 percent contracting with veteran-owned small businesses. The “Champions” awards are an important part of VETS15 to reward government entities that identify opportunities to award to veteran and service disabled veteran owned small businesses.
For additional information on the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium 2015, go to www.veterantrainingsymposium.com, email InfoVETS@aetherquest.com, or call (571) 297-4039.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/04/2015 01:42 PM

NaVOBA Celebrates the Top 25 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs

Earning the distinction as one of the 2015 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs sends a clear message that doing business with veterans isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s simply a smart business decision. The bottom line is that doing business with vetrepreneurs boosts the bottom line. Corporate America is increasingly eager to Buy Veteran; these 25 corporations just happen to be the best.  
This year’s list of the Top 25 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs are: AECOM, AIG, Alcatel-Lucent, American Airlines, Anthem, Inc., AT&T Services, Inc., BAE Systems, Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, ConAgra Foods, CSC, Cummins Inc., Duke Energy, DynCorp International, Ford Motor Company, The Hartford, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc., PNC, Procter & Gamble, and Rockwell Collins. 
To learn more about the companies that earned the distinction as one of the 2015 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs, pick up a copy of the June 2015 issue of Vetrepreneur® magazine or click here to read more.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/04/2015 01:16 PM


2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year, Kaney O'Neill
In This Issue
2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year Kaney O'Neill, Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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