10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses for 2012 Honored By NaVOBA

Pittsburgh, PA March 28, 2012

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) announced its annual list honoring the 10 Best U.S. corporations open to working with veteran-owned businesses for 2012 today. The prestigious list honors the large corporations that most successfully engage the nation’s three million veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) as suppliers. The list can be accessed here: http://www.navoba.com

The cover story of the April 2012 issue of NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur magazine will feature this year’s 10 top honorees. The firms earning this year’s distinction include Booz Allen Hamilton, Comcast Corporation, DynCorp International, Johnson & Johnson, Life Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Mack Trucks, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and SAIC.

“The strength of our supplier diversity program is dependent upon developing and sustaining relationships with diverse suppliers, including veteran-owned businesses,” said Peter Kiriacoulacos, Chief Procurement Officer, Comcast and NBCUniversal. “At Comcast and NBCUniversal, our supplier diversity program is committed to engaging veteran, disabled veteran, women, minority-owned and HUBZone Small Businesses. Through these relationships, we develop reliable resources, create jobs, strengthen our purchasing power, and build value for our shareholders.”

Through NaVOBA’s untiring efforts since 2007 the number of FORTUNE 1000 companies seeking veteran-owned suppliers has grown by more than 60 percent. Currently more than 160 of the world’s largest companies maintain programs designed to use VOBs as preferred vendors in their supplier diversity efforts.

“The Top 10 corporations that earn a spot on this exclusive list are the best in the U.S. at recognizing how well the military prepares business leaders through teaching leadership, teamwork, resolve, integrity and ingenuity,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “In a tough economy corporate America is eager to partner with business leaders who embody those intangibles combined with exemplary skills and the dedication needed to contribute to overall economic success. We’re delighted to highlight and honor them.”

The notion that military training is world-class preparation for running a business is reinforced by the fact that one out of every seven veterans in the U.S. owns a business, according to Census data. That’s twice the national average.

About The National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA unites the nation’s 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues.

For more information visit us on the web at http://www.navoba.com, or follow us on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/navoba and on Twitter @navoba.

Contact: BP Media Relations for NaVOBA
Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181
Judee Cohen – 917-721-0663 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 03/28/2012 09:29 AM

Lockheed Martin is Seeking Veteran Businesses for Employee Discount Program

Lockheed Martin is Seeking Veteran Businesses for Employee Discount Program

In an effort to promote veteran-owned businesses, Lockheed Martin is expanding its own Employee Discount program to include a section dedicated to discounts from veteran businesses. Lockheed Martin’s Employee Discount Program is an internal site available to more than 140,000 Lockheed Martin employees and retirees, and offers a variety of corporate discounts for products and services ranging from appliances and apparel to software and travel.

The program is free to firms offering discounts. Participants can choose to offer discounts through a variety of options, including internet code, coupon or flyer. The requirements are that the discounts should be at the national level, versus local, since the Lockheed Martin’s workforce spans more than 400 U.S. sites, and international locations.  Businesses should also not be home-based direct sellers or owned or operated by a Lockheed Martin employee.

If your firm would like to participate in the Lockheed Martin Employee Discount Program, please provide the following information:

  1. Business name and address:
    1. Veteran business: Yes or No
  2. DUNS number:
  3. Type of business:
  4. Brief description of the offering and pertinent information:
    1. Is the discount available for International employees? Yes or No
  5. Contact name, phone number, e-mail address:
  6. Web site URL:

Send your completed information to: ee.programs.fc-hr@lmco.com

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 03/27/2012 04:42 AM

United Rentals, Inc. is looking for potential suppliers to provide language translation services.

United Rentals, Inc. is looking for potential suppliers to provide language translation services.  Successful participants will have expertise in English, Spanish and French Canadian.  Services include translating documents that range from conversational in tone (letters from senior managers to employees, policy bulletins, etc.) to technical (operating procedures, equipment catalog content, policy bulletins).  Experience working with companies that engage in B2B transactions and industrial and construction vocabulary is essential.  Timely delivery of services is a critical requirement.  Supplier submission should go to Louis Williams at lwilliam@ur.comno later than Thursday, April 5, 2012.


United Rentals, Inc. is also looking for potential catalog production suppliers who are leaders in the market place, providing design, content management and supporting technical services to develop print-ready templates that meet requirements.  A number of catalogs are produced periodically that showcase pictures and descriptions of equipment and supplies provided.

Content (text and images) are owned and maintained by URI within a Magento database. This database will be the platform from which information will be exported electronically in the form of a data feed to Supplier to generate the print catalogs. Potential suppliers must have experience importing content data (via XML or similar type data-feed) from Magento or a similar Product Information Management system.  Supplier design / layout software should allow for importing catalog data directly from Magento.

Experience working with product content and layout in multiple languages – English, Spanish and French Canadian – is required.  Printing services will not be included as part of this opportunity.  Supplier submission should go to Louis Williams at lwilliam@ur.comno later than Monday, April 9, 2012.   

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 03/27/2012 04:36 AM

New Jersey state legislators keep pressing for VOB-friendly legislation.

Last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have given vetrepreneurs an advantage when competing for state government contracts. The bill was widely supported in the New Jersey legislature, and the officials who sponsored the original bill have offered a new bill to get around the veto.

The new bill would give municipal and county governments permission to create set-aside programs for veteran-owned businesses.

State Sen. Christopher Connors, (pictured) is a primary sponsor of the latest bill, S-527, with Sen. Donald Norcross, D-Camden. Connors also co-sponsored the Senate version of the statewide bill that Christie vetoed.

Click here to learn more. 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 03/04/2012 09:45 AM

NaVOBA Corporate Member Johnson & Johnson names Army veteran Alex Gorsky as the new CEO.

NaVOBA Corporate Member Johnson & Johnson announced last week that Gorsky, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will take over April 26 at the company’s annual meeting as only the ninth leader in J&J’s 126-year history.

In 2011, J&J made NaVOBA’s 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses and Gorsky was featured on the cover for his leadership in steering the company to utilize VOBs in the firm’s supplier diversity efforts.  


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 02/27/2012 02:28 PM


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