Register with the VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise (www.vetbiz.gov) and the System for Award Management (www.sam.gov), if you haven’t done so already.  Vetrepreneur also covers federal contracting regularly. Also, we have a team of experts ready to tackle your tough questions. Just submit a question to our Ask the Expert form.
Vetrepreneur® is a NaVOBA members-only magazine. An annual NaVOBA membership starts at $47.  Vetrepreneur is packed with tips and advice from small business experts who want you to succeed. It keeps you informed of how our community is growing and new opportunities available as a veteran-owned business.  It’s our flagship.
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Astonishing.  An independent survey of over 500 Americans in December 2009 revealed that 95 percent of American consumers said they feel a sense of trust and gratitude towards veterans. And 70% said they’d be more likely to buy from a veteran-owned business than from a business not owned by a veteran!
Register your business on www.BuyVeteran.com. This registry lets consumers from all over the country find veteran-owned businesses in all industries. Consumers searching for pizza in New York, dry cleaning in Dallas or a roofer in Seattle can now Buy Veteran!
When you register for full membership at BuyVeteran.com, you’ll receive the official “Veteran Owned Business” badge to display so your customers know you’re a vetrepreneur. Display this badge in your storefront, on your work trucks, on your Web site and on your business cards and ads.  You can also order hats, t-shirts, banners, posters, truck magnets and an assortment of official “Veteran Owned Business” marketing materials to drive more customers. Click here to learn more and become a NaVOBA member.
You don’t.  But the official Veteran Owned Business badge lets consumers know that you’ve been verified by a third party, prevents most fraudulent claims of being a veteran-owned business, legitimizes the community of over 3 million veteran owned businesses with a professional, identification icon, gives you access to all marketing that NaVOBA offers and enables you to leverage the national marketing message of the official badge.
A Joint Venture Agreement is used to define a form of partnership that is put together for a limited purpose. The Joint Venture Agreement shares the risk between multiple parties for the project and any of its shortcomings. In addition, this agreement also defines the benefit as well as the risk for each contributing participant.
Additional exposure and a step ahead, for one.  Federal agencies us GSA Federal Supply Service Schedule Contracts and GWACs to make purchases.  These pre-approved contracts are used to buy commonly used products, services and solutions needed to fulfill their missions and day-to-day operations.  These opportunities are rarely announced on the FedBizOpps site, but are normally competed amongst pre-qualified vendors already under contract with the GSA.
If you are considering business ownership but are hesitant to venture out on your own, you may want to consider becoming a franchisee, or franchise owner. Becoming a business owner can be an intimidating process, but when you purchase a franchise, you get a team of support, which includes marketing assistance, HR tools, training and a proven business plan. Having others who are committed to your success as a business owner and who are willing and able to help when you run into problems is just one of the many advantages to franchise ownership.