Attention New Jersey Vetrepreneurs!

Earlier this year Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Vince Mazzeo sponsored a bill that would establish a New Jersey state contract set-aside program for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses. The bill moved through the Assembly and was approved by the state Senate July 1. Now, it’s up to the governor to approve the measure.
               "Technical and leadership skills acquired through military service can easily translate into successful entrepreneurship,” Andrzejczak said.
               If passed, the bill would require the state Department of Treasury to administer a state contract set-aside program that outlines a 3 percent contracting goal. In other words, 3 percent of what the state buys must go to businesses owned by vetrepreneurs.  
               “The challenges of returning home and to work after service are very different for disabled veterans,” Mazzeo said. “By creating a dedicated resource for disabled veteran business owners, we encourage entrepreneurship which encourages a stronger New Jersey economy.”
               NaVOBA urges all of our New Jersey members to contact Gov. Christie and insist that this bill become law.

Visit www.navoba.com/NJGov to tell the governor to sign this bill! 

Posted by Amy H. Handlin at 08/19/2015 10:47 AM

Want to Find More Customers?

Recently we asked you what areas of training you would find most valuable. Well, 45 percent of respondents said that marketing training is the area that would be the most valuable. NaVOBA has partnered with Franklin University to offer a webinar that will address the best ways to let your customers know about your business.

Tune in on Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00 PM EST to get expert advice from JoAnna Williamson, Ph.D., program chair of the Master of Science in Marketing & Communication (MCM) Program in the Ross College of Business at Franklin University.

Learn more and register here. 


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 08/07/2015 11:16 AM

Vetrepreneurs Sought for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award

Are you an American maker? Are you creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; or improving your local community? Each year, Martha Stewart Living honors makers, small – business owners and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, food, design and style.

These makers are recognized for their dedication to creating beautiful, quality products and building successful business and communities. The 4th annual Martha Stewart American Made campaign is under way.

In 2013, Martha Stewart Living selected Marine Sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife, Karen as one of the nine honorees that year. Their story and business was impressive – not that it was only a successful agricultural business but that they created and run the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training Program. This program helps train US military vets for new careers in agriculture and family farming as they transition out of the military and into civilian life.

Click here to learn more and nominate your business.

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 08/06/2015 12:10 PM

UPS will be hosting a “Veteran Owned Business (VOB) Summit”

Target Attendees are veterans who own a small to medium sized business and are looking for ways to connect with larger corporations who may outsource services such as Advertising, Consulting, IT,  Legal, Facilities, Printing, Office Supplies & Equipment, and many more not listed.

The objective will be to inform, educate, and equip VOBs to compete and earn new business and the various vendor qualification processes that are involved.

The panel members will be senior level managers involved in purchasing and/or supplier diversity from companies like UPS, Home Depot, Southern Company, First Data and more. We will also have the Department of Labor and other special guest speakers and service providers.

“Speed dating” follow-on sessions will be available in selected conference rooms with the VOB owners/representatives and the panelist and/or other purchasing representatives at the event. You will walk away with actionable information to help you grow your business!

When: 25 Aug, 2015

Where: UPS HQ, 55 Glenlake Parkway Atlanta GA

How to Register: Send an email with “VOB Summit” in the subject to bwolfe@ups.com with your company’s Name, Federal Tax ID, Company Bio, and Mailing Address.

An official invitation and tickets will be sent to you; you must have a ticket to attend due to limited seating capacity. Limit 2 tickets per company; the event is free. More details will be available in the follow-up invitation.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/16/2015 09:30 AM

Last Chance to Nominate a Biz for the Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®

If you are a Hispanic business owner and you also served in the military, we want to hear your story. Or, if you know a successful Hispanic vetrepreneur, please nominate their business. The 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® will grace the cover of the September 2015 issue of Vetrepreneur magazine. In addition, she/he will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony this fall.

Click here to nominate now!

Submissions close this weekend for the 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®.  

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 07/06/2015 10:11 AM


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