NaVOBA Member Tully Rinckey PLLC Is New York’s First Law Firm Certified by the State

NaVOBA member Tully Rinckey PLLC has become the first law firm in New York State to be certified as a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) under a state law passed last year. The firm certification, made by the Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development within the New York State Office of General Services, came less than a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. The act aims to increase eligible veteran-owned business involvement in state contracting by establishing a 6 percent participation goal for such enterprises.

“This certification opens new opportunities that were previously just out of reach for Tully Rinckey PLLC and other SDVOB’s like us. We are honored to be the first law firm certified under this law and look forward to servicing the needs of state contractors, agencies and authorities from our offices across the state,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner Greg T. Rinckey, a former active duty captain in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. “If you are a state agency or authority or contractor seeking a qualified legal firm, Tully Rinckey PLLC, the first and only SDVOB law firm in New York, wants to do business with you.”

Mr. Rinckey’s fellow founding partner, Mathew B. Tully, is a service-disabled veteran. Last May Mr. Tully was medically retired from the U.S. Army after nearly two decades of military service. His retirement came following a long recovery from injuries he sustained during a suicide bomber attack involving a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in 2012. As a result of his service in Afghanistan, Mr. Tully was awarded the Combat Action Badge, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Is your state Vetrepreneur-Friendly? If not it should be. Find out at www.navoba.com/statetracker. 

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 02/26/2015 04:04 PM

NaVOBA is Searching for the 2015 Military-Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs

Through NaVOBA’ s untiring efforts the number of FORTUNE 1000 companies seeking veteran-owned suppliers has more than doubled since NaVOBA began its advocacy in 2007. Currently nearly 200 of the world’s largest companies maintain programs designed to use VOBs as preferred vendors in their supplier diversity efforts.

The 2015 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs Survey can be accessed at www.navoba.com/MFSDP2015.                                    

“NaVOBA’ s efforts to identify the best big corporations doing business with veteran-owned businesses as suppliers has grown dramatically,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “Recognizing these Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs brings well-deserved recognition to the exceptional job these firms do at working with America’s vetrepreneurs.”

Greg Irace, Senior Vice President, Global Services, Sanofi, and President & CEO of Sanofi US Services, Inc., one of NaVOBA’s 2014 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, said, “Sanofi is very pleased and proud to have been recognized twice by NaVOBA.”
“Sanofi US pursues veteran suppliers for many reasons, including our commitment to strengthen economies in the communities where we live and work, and our desire to have a supplier base that reflects our customer base,” Irace said. “We also find that veterans, with their varied backgrounds, drive innovative solutions, creative problem-solving, and tremendous teamwork, which adds immeasurable value to our business.” 

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

The 2015 Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs Survey can be accessed at www.navoba.com/MFSDP2015.                                  

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 02/10/2015 10:45 AM

The search is on for the 2015 Vetrepreneurs of the Year®!

Vetrepreneurs are encouraged to self-nominate their businesses at NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur of the Year® website, http://voy.navoba.com, which offers a one-stop-shop for submissions and information on nominee eligibility, rules and regulations and past honorees. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company. The Vetrepreneur of the Year® demonstrates the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and a strong drive to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.

The 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® will grace the cover of the November/December 2015 issue of Vetrepreneur magazine.

Additional veteran-owned businesses in the following categories will be honored in Vetrepreneur magazine and at special ceremonies held at corresponding events. Those honorees and events include:

  • Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council National Conference and Business Fair, Austin, Texas
  • Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2015 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference, Houston, Texas
  • Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2015 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Fair, San Diego, Calif.

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

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 01/29/2015 10:10 AM

Next Week is National Veterans Small Business Week

About National Veterans Small Business Week:

President Obama will declare 3-7 November as National Veterans Small Business Week in a Presidential Message.

The SBA Administrator and senior SBA leaders will host veteran small business events and across the country.

SBA District Offices and Resource Partners around the country will hold local events including Boots to Business: Reboot classes, media events and veteran round table discussions.

ABC’s Emmy Award winning business-themed show, Shark Tank, will be hosting a veteran-themed episode during National Veterans Small Business Week. Veteran entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses ideas to the Sharks, tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons in hopes of securing a business deal and investment.

About Veteran Entrepreneurs:

Veterans Small Business Week provides an opportunity to reach out to our veteran entrepreneurs to share SBA programs, connect them with local resources, and to highlight the economic impact and vitality of veteran entrepreneurs.

As small business owners, veteran entrepreneurs continue to serve our country by creating jobs and spurring economic growth. They possess the skills, discipline, and leadership necessary to kick start and operate successful businesses.

With more than 21 million veterans in America and more than 250,000 service members transitioning from the military annually, SBA is focused on ensuring that they have access to the capital, counseling, and contracting needed to start and grow successful businesses.

Veteran entrepreneurs are responsible for nearly one out of every 10 small businesses; they generate over 1.2 trillion dollars in receipts every year, and employ nearly 6 million workers.

As more than a million service men and women end their military careers over the next five years and transition back to civilian life, veteran business owners will play a critical role in creating economic opportunities for the entire nation.

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Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 10/31/2014 03:46 PM

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


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