Nominations Open for National Small Business Week

For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week in May 2015.
Are you the next winner?  Apply online today: http://awards.sba.gov. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at district offices.  All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2015.
National Small Business Week award categories include:
•Small Business Person of the Year Awards
•Small Business Exporter of the Year
•Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
•Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
•Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
•Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
•Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
•8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
•Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
•Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
•Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
For more information, visit http://awards.sba.gov.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 10/13/2014 04:14 PM

Could you use $150,000 to grow your business?

NaVOBA is proud to support Mission Main Street Grants and strongly encourages any veterans looking to expand their businesses to apply for one of the 20 $150,000 grants that Chase will award early next year.

Through Mission Main StreetSM Grants, Chase will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile and grant questionnaire at www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com, and meeting eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to powerful business tools and special offers from Premier Sponsor, Google.

The application deadline is October 3, 2014. Visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com to create an account, fill out a business profile and submit a questionnaire.  The voting period is September 3- October 17, 2014. Anyone can show support by voting using their Facebook account. Businesses must receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Please visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com for full eligibility requirements.

Expert panelists will select the 20 grant recipients from eligible businesses and announce the results mid-January 2015.

Visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com to apply today!




Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 09/24/2014 11:18 AM

Chase Continues its Support for Small Business with $3 Million Mission Main Streets Grants Program

Today, Chase continues its ongoing commitment to small  business with the launch of Mission Main StreetSM Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses nationwide. Qualifying businesses that apply for a grant will gain access to a marketing Toolkit and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys from Premier Sponsor, Google.
In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop, a Google Chromebook Laptop computer and a $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.
Today through October 3, any for-profit business in the U.S. with fewer than 100 employees  and which meets all other eligibility requirements may apply. Full eligibility requirements are available at www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com/rules. “Small businesses are invaluable to the growth of our economy and represent the lifeblood of the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy for Chase Business Banking. “This year, we’ve expanded our grant program to help even more small businesses by contributing to their success and offering them insights and  access to the best tools to fuel their growth.”
Everyone is invited to show their support for their favorite registered small businesses by  voting through their Facebook account at www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com. Businesses  must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. The public voting period is open from September 3, 2014 through October 17, 2014.
“The Internet has proven to be a vital pipeline for small businesses, and it continues to  connect more businesses to their customers every day,” said Jon Kaplan, Vice President of US Sales & Operations, Google Inc. “We’re excited to join Chase once again for the Mission Main Street Grants program to recognize some of the great small businesses around the country and help them make the most of the Web.”The 20 grant recipients will be selected by a panel of experts representing a diverse group of organizations with a passion for small business. 
The panel of judges includes:  • Darla Beggs, National Board Chair, National Association of Women Business Owners  •  David C. Chavern, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce  •  Mark Garzone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, National Federation of Independent Business •  Carla Hall, celebrity chef and owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies •  Jon Kaplan, Vice President, US Sales & Operations, Google Inc.  •  Chance Mitchell, CEO & Co-Founder, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce  •  Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League •  Marc Nager, Chief Executive Officer, UP Global  •  Matthew Pavelek, Director of Communications, National Veteran Owned Business Association  •  Andres Peña, Vice President, External Affairs, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce •  Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy, Chase Business Banking  •   J.P. Torres, PR & Communications Director, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce  Education Foundation •   Candace Waterman, Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations, Women Business  Enterprise National Council •  Joset Wright-Lacy, President, National Minority Supplier Development Council  •  Nick Cannon, Entrepertainer, Ncredible 
Mission Main StreetSM Grants recipients will be announced in January 2015. 
The grant program is part of Mission Main Street (#MissionMainSt), a campaign that celebrates growing American businesses and raises the profile of select entrepreneurs to help inspire others. For more information about the campaign visit www.chase.com/missionmainstreet. Chase serves 4 million American small businesses, and was named the nation’s No. 1 SBA lender for 2013, marking four consecutive years of approving a higher number of SBA loans and lines of credit than any other lender in the United States. Chase also remains the No. 1 SBA lender to women and minority-owned businesses. Businesses interested in expansion, hiring or working capital should contact a Chase Business Banking or visit www.chase.com/business.
About Chase Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co.  (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, small business lending, mortgages, credit cards, auto  financing and investment advice. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,600 branches, 20,000 ATMs, online, mobile and by phone. For more information visit  www.chase.com.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 09/03/2014 05:07 PM

A Fresh Start for an American Hero

FlipFlop Dogs is proud to announce its Franchise Giveaway Contest which will give military veterans a chance to win their very own FlipFlop Dogs franchise.
Kicking off August 18th, 2014 contestants visiting www.FlipFlopDogs.com/VeteranGiveaway can enter to win by providing their contact information, along with a 500-word essay explaining why they would make an ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisee. Following the submission deadline on September 21, 2014, 15 veterans will be chosen based on quality of submission and invited to submit a video. The Top 10 videos will be chosen and posted to the FlipFlop Dog’s Facebook page, allowing the public to show their support for the contestant they feel is most deserving.
Five finalists will eventually be invited to participate in a Skype interview with the FlipFlop Dogs executive team, after which the Top 3 will be flown the first week in December to meet with FlipFlop management team for a modified Discovery Day.
The winner will be announced on or before December 7, 2014.
“Our inspiration to become more involved with veterans, as they transition to civilian life, hits close to home, as our fathers were veterans from WWII and the Korean War. Growing up, we heard stories of the sacrifices they made, their struggles adjusting to life back home and how proud they were to serve our country. Our fathers were fortunate enough to become very successful businessmen and our mentors for life,” said FlipFlop Dogs founders Jack and Taffy Miltz. “This contest allows us to further show our gratitude for their service and dedication.” 
The grand prize will include franchise fee, exclusive operating territory, franchise development template, software license and marketing start-up kit, an estimated value of $48,000. 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 08/12/2014 07:14 PM

Snowball Express Serves Children of Fallen Military Heroes

Snowball Express. It’s not the type of name one would normally associate with a non-profit whose mission is to serve the children of our fallen military heroes. Yet, that is exactly what we do and is our purpose for being in existence.

Snowball Express is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children of our fallen Military heroes. We connect the children with other children who are just like them. Its mission: Honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. Champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Each Year in December, the organization hosts the largest gathering in the world of children of our fallen MilitaryThese children and their surviving patent come from all across the United States, and several overseas locations to Dallas/Ft Worth for a five-day event unlike anything else. 

Every year, Presenting Sponsor and NaVOBA Corporate Member American Airlines plays a critical role in bringing these children together.  American Airlines and the employees of American Airlines, make it possible for these children to connect with one another, and help change the lives of thousands of children.  For eight years American Airlines has been our Presenting Sponsor and partner in providing these families with a life-changing experience. The tremendous impact that Snowball Express has in the lives of these children, and their surviving parent, simply would not be possible without the support of American Airlines.

This annual Snowball Express gathering introduces these children to other kids who are experiencing the same tragedy and grief; the loss of their Dad or Mom who died while serving in our Military since 9/11.  This event helps these families heal together, honors them, honors the sacrifice of their hero, and shows them that the ultimate sacrifice made by their hero has not been forgotten.  All of this is accomplished through activities that allow these children to simply be children again; shows them that it is ok to laugh, smile, have fun, and enjoy life.  Together, these families help each other heal and move forward.

This year on December 11, 2014, 10 American Airlines planes will crisscross the country to pick up the children and their surviving parent, and transport them to the annual Snowball Express gathering in Dallas/Fort Worth.  This year we anticipate hosting nearly 1,800 family members.


To learn more and to donate, please visit www.snowballexpress.org. 

Posted by Len Vermillion at 07/24/2014 11:35 AM


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