VA extends CVE verification to two years

The Department of Veterans Affairs is doubling the amount of time before the owners of service-disabled, Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) must re-verify with VA that they are, in fact, owned and operated by qualified Veterans and other legal requirements.

“The community of Veteran-owned businesses and businesses owned by service-disabled Veterans is a vital partner with VA and the federal government,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “To ensure we have improved our verification policies and processes, I have directed that VA simplify the verification process immediately and move from an annual to a biennial re-verification – every two years.”

The interim final rule, which took effect June 27, will benefit thousands of small businesses by reducing the uncertainty and administrative burden associated with a yearly verification cycle. Public comments on this interim final rule may be submitted within the next 60 days.

By increasing the verification period to two years, SDVOSBs and VOSBs will be able to plan and operate their companies more efficiently and effectively instead of working within the current 12-month business cycle. Under this interim final rule, businesses at the end of their two-year verification period would be required to be re-verified through VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE).

In 2011, VA awarded $3.2 billion in contracts to VOSBs and SDVOSBs. To participate in VA’s Veterans First program, a Veteran-owned and controlled small business must be verified as an eligible firm by initiating and completing the application process with CVE through the web-based Vendor Information Pages database. Information about the process for verification can be found on the VA website at http://www.vetbiz.gov/.

Businesses removed from the VIP database that were verified from June 2010 to December 2010 will have their remaining months added to coincide with their one year extension via the interim change.

These designated businesses will be required to re-verify within 120 days of their expiration date. All future applications for re-verification will be required to submit a complete set of new documentation with each application.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/03/2012 01:06 PM

The 2012 Vetrepreneur of the Year Announced by NaVOBA and JP Morgan

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), in partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Co., announced today that U.S. Army veteran Frank Bonanno, president of the Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group is the 2012 Vetrepreneur of the Year®, a prestigious honor bestowed annually to only the finest role models the veteran-owned business movement has to offer.

“I’m truly honored to have earned this award,” Bonnano said. “My military training plays a huge part of who I am and the way I run my business, so this recognition is very special to me.”

Bonanno’s company employs 700 people and posted revenues exceeding $60 million last year. He owns 47 franchise restaurant locations in Las Vegas and other areas including, but not limited to: 11 Nathan’s Famous restaurants; nine Haagen-Dazs restaurants; five Johnny Rockets restaurants, and four Bonnano’s New York Pizzeria restaurants, to name a few.

Bonanno graced the cover of the June 2012 issue of Vetrepreneur, NaVOBA’s national magazine. To read more about Bonanno visit http://www.navoba.com/VOY2012.

The Vetrepreneur of the Year® demonstrates the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success, and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship. The judging criteria include an assessment of financial performance, company growth, leadership, profitability, integrity and values.

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.

"JPMorgan Chase & Co. congratulates Frank Bonnano on this great achievement, and we are a very proud sponsor of the Vetrepreneur of the Year award," said Richard Buccarelli, Chief Procurement Officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co. "We recognize the tremendous sacrifices Frank and his fellow veterans have made for our nation. It's a great honor for us to be a part of NaVOBA and support veteran-owned businesses."

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.

For further information, or to arrange interviews contact:
BP Media Relations for NaVOBA
Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen – 917-721-0663


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/12/2012 01:39 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs executive order streamlining business certification for veteran-owned businesses

Currently, there are a total of 1,429 DOA-certified businesses in Wisconsin that are covered by this executive order.

“Streamlining the process for state certification will help these businesses save money by eliminating needless administrative costs associated with repeated certifications,” said Governor Walker. “This is just another step to help create an economic environment that allows the private sector to create more jobs.”

A business that is already certified by federal or local government will now be able to have all of their application requirements and procedures for state business certification waived if DOA determines that the agency that certified the business has a certification procedure that is substantially equivalent to its own. 

The Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (DVB) Program was enacted in 2010, and was created to assist disabled veteran-owned businesses effectively participate in the State of Wisconsin Procurement process. Currently, there are 12 certified disabled veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin. The purpose of the DVB Program is to increase the opportunity for disabled veteran-owned businesses to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin. A certified disabled veteran business is eligible for: a 5 percent bid preference on state purchases and contracts; a low-bid waiver on state contracts; and to be listed in the State of Wisconsin Directory of Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, which is circulated to state agency and University of Wisconsin System purchasing agents, and corporate buyers throughout the U.S. 


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/12/2012 01:26 PM

NaVOBA member HMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Wins Chief Information Officer Solutions Contract

 NaVOBA Member HMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (HMS) announced the award of Chief Information Officer Solutions & Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), under the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) classification, by the National Institute of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). This contract is a ten-year, $20 Billion, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a Period of Performance through 2022. All Federal civilian and DOD agencies are eligible to place task orders against the IDIQ for their IT requirements.

The focus of CIO-SP3 is to provide government agencies a mechanism for quick ordering required IT solutions and services at equitable and reasonable prices. In turn, qualified small businesses have a greater opportunity to participate in this requirement, which provides government agencies a mechanism to help meet their socio-economic contracting goals.

HMS, as the prime, will provide advisory and assistance services to support the full range of IT services and health IT needs across the federal government.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/12/2012 01:13 PM

AT&T Launches 2012-2013 Class of Operation Hand Salute Mentoring Program

Last summer, AT&T graduated its first class of graduates from Operation Hand Salute, its AT&T Supplier Diversity mentoring program for Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs). Operation Hand Salute offers AT&T an opportunity to give back to our veterans for their military service, while helping to grow and develop their businesses by providing mentorship opportunities and enhancing their ability to win corporate contracts. AT&T is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Operation Hand Salute Mentoring Program.

AT&T recognizes that service disabled veterans in business can face unique challenges, which is where Operation Hand Salute comes in. After an extensive process, 15 of the brightest service-disabled veteran business CEOs are embarking on a 10-week program through JFK University where they’ll learn everything from entrepreneurship to growing a management team.

Each participant will receive the support of a “blue ribbon” taskforce comprised of other service-disabled veteran owned business mentors, AT&T executives and industry experts. They will also “Fast Pitch” their business to a panel of experienced CEOs and AT&T executives.

Operation Hand Salute is a great opportunity for service disabled veteran business owners, who have proudly served our country, to grow their business with the help of a mentor relationship and guidance that only AT&T can provide.

AT&T welcomes this year’s Operation Hand Salute participants as they begin their journey toward a brighter future:

John McKinley, President & CEO

Allegiance Supply Incorporated

Amber Peebles, President

Athena Construction Group

James E. Kimble, President

Boersma Travel

Johnny Dillard, PhD, President

Central Research Inc.

David Johnson, President & CEO

Concise Inc.

Peter Penzell, CEO

Epsilon Inc.

Michael E. Jones, President & CEO

Global Technology Solutions Inc.

Adam Pattisall, President & CEO


Charlie McCarty, President


Jay H. Van Dyne, COO

Phalanx Energy LLC

James M. Terhune, President & CEO

T&T Materials Inc.

Christopher Bumgarner, CEO

Ventura Telephone

William J. Puopolo, President

Verissimo Global

Theresa Blackwell, President & CEO

Virtuo Group Corporation

Phyllis W. Newhouse, President & CEO

Xrteme Solutions Inc.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 06/12/2012 12:50 PM


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