NaVOBA seeking nominations for the Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year

Are you a Hispanic military veteran who owns and operates a successful small business? Or, do you know a successful Hispanic vetrepreneur? If so, we want to share that story in the pages of Vetrepreneur magazine.

Visit http://voy.navoba.com to nominate a business today!

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association will recognize the 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year on the cover of the September issue of Vetrepreneur, the only national publication dedicated to the covering the American veterans entrepreneurship movement. The entire issue will be a celebration of Hispanic veterans and vetrepreneurs as many businesses will be featured.  

In addition, the winner will receive their award a at special recognition ceremony September 19 as part of the 2015 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference in Houston, Texas.  

There is no cost to apply. Simply fill out the nomination form and share the story of the business. But you better act quickly as the nominations will be closing soon.  

Check out the video with Mark Llano of Serket racing, the 2009 Vetrepreneur of the Year, encouraging you to nominate a business today. 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 05/11/2015 11:28 AM

Apply Now for a $100k Grant from Chase

NaVOBA is excited to support Mission Main Street Grants®. Chase is awarding 20 grants of $100,000 to small businesses across America. We are looking for businesses that have big plans. To apply, complete the Grant Application and receive at least 250 votes from your fans, customers, family and/or friends. In addition, you will have access to a special offer from the Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn and powerful business tools.  The application deadline is June 5, 2015 so visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.comtoday.

A for-profit business that has been engaged in the current business activity for at least two consecutive years and has less than 100 year-round, full-time employees is eligible to apply. Businesses must receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Please visit the Program Rules for all eligibility requirements.

The application process consists of three parts: 

1.     Complete your Small Business Registration.

2.     Complete your Business Profile

3.     Fill out and submit the grant questionnaire

A panel of small business experts will select the 20 grant recipients from eligible businesses, and results will be announced in mid-September 2015.

NaVOBA is proud to support Mission Main Street Grants® and to help fuel the growth of small businesses nationwide.

To read more about

Mission Main Street Grants®and learn how you can participate, click here.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 05/06/2015 10:14 AM

Meet your 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year!

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, is proud to announce that Kaney O’Neill, owner of ONeill Contractors, is the 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year®.

“Kaney is such an inspiration to women vetrepreneurs across the country,” said Mimi Lohm, NaVOBA Vice President of Corporate Relations and Development. “She embodies the qualities that make military veterans so successful as entrepreneurs. We are proud to celebrate her success, her tenacity, her work ethic, and her ability to overcome challenges.”

O’Neill suffered a terrible injury while serving in the Navy but instead of giving up, she refused to take no for an answer. Now, she’s a successful woman business owner in a male-dominated industry and has set an ambitious goal to build on her success having landed contracts with Boeing, the U.S. Navy and the City of Seattle, just to name a few.

After recovering from her injuries, she went on countless interviews but struggled to find a job, despite the fact that she had bachelors and master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

“Of course, I didn’t know for sure, but I think when they saw the chair, they thought I couldn’t do the job,” she said. “I thought that if I had my own business, it wouldn’t matter if I was in a wheelchair. I come from a family of roofers, so it made sense,” she said. “I am honored to receive this award and am living proof that despite what challenges you may face in life anything is possible!”

Today O’Neill contractors has 18 employees and works on major contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and even worked on the Hines VA Hospital where she recuperated from her own injuries. To top it off, O’Neill Contractors, Inc. recently landed a multi-year contact with the Navy.

“We are very proud to present the 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year Award to Kaney O’Neill,” said Kenneth Litton, JPMorgan Chase’s Chief Procurement Officer. “JPMorgan Chase has a deep and long-term commitment to supporting veterans and veteran-owned businesses. Kaney’s contributions to our nation are both inspiring and humbling. It is our honor to recognize her and her contributions to the business community.”

NaVOBA and JP Morgan Chase will present O’Neill with her award at special ceremony as part of the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Annual Convention on June 23 in Austin, Texas. Joining O’Neill will be four other Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year finalists; Kristina Guerrero, owner of TurboPup, Paris Love, owner of the Paris Love Productivity Institute, Angela Cody-Rouget, owner of Major Mom, and Jo Ann Martinez, founder of Women Veterans Connect. Each woman’s remarkable story is featured in the May issue of Vetrepreneur magazine. 


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 05/06/2015 09:39 AM

Online Learning Resource Survey Results

NaVOBA has been working with VetLaunched over the past two months to assess the types of online resources vetrepreneurs prefer to learn how to tackle their tough business questions. Well, the results are in. There were differing opinions concerning the best way to use online resources. Below is a summary of what we learned about how you like to learn: 
The number one preferred form of learning is the online video course. All of the methods, ranked most preferred to least, were:
1. Watching a video at my own pace
2. Having reference material to download or print
3. Joining membership sites that offer various formats
4. Participating in a live webinar
5. Listening to a podcast
Most people cited having the ability to “go back” or “review” material at their own pace as being important. Other methods that were not a listed option that people commented on were:
1. Having a mentor
2. Hands on training
3. In-person lectures
Aspects of learning that turned people off were:
1. Time specific webinars
2. Listening to redundant, long winded, dull or boring speakers (live or video)
3. No interaction with other students
The percentage of people that have paid for online learning in the past:
1. 23% – Self-paced video courses
2. 21% – Text/reading courses
3. 19% – Never paid for a courses
4. 15% – Webinars
5. 13% – Membership sites
6. 9% – Podcast/audio based courses

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 05/04/2015 12:57 PM

NaVOBA Members are invited to "The Muster"

The Bunker Incubator announced that it will host the Muster, its first annual Veteran Entrepreneurship and Connection Conference. The mission of The Bunker is to empower veterans as leaders in innovation. Participation is limited for the first 500 registrants, so get your tickets today.

Registration is free for active duty military, students or hungry vetreprenurs.

Visit http://muster.bunkerchicago.com/ to register, get updates on fabulous speakers, other Muster sponsors, the Bunker Connection Lab, and the Veteran Pitch Stage.

Event Details:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

7:15am – 8:15am: Registration & Networking Breakfast 8:15am – 4:30pm: Conference, Pitch Stage, Connection Lab

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Networking Reception

Attendees: Up to 500 veterans from the professional sector, the entrepreneurship community, and veteran service or-ganization community.

For more information, contact Thomas Day at tom@bunkerincubator.com

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/30/2015 09:30 AM


2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year, Kaney O'Neill
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