Minority Business Development Agency Seeking Nominations For 2017 MED Week Awards


Agency Marks 35th Anniversary of MED Week Celebration

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the annual awards designed to honor organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community and our Nation’s economy.

“This is an excellent opportunity to recognize the many champions within the minority business community on a national stage,” said Acting MBDA National Director Edith J. McCloud. “These awards are part of MBDA’s legacy and we’re extremely proud to host them each year. We encourage everyone to submit their nominations as soon as possible.”

There are three main award categories: Minority-Owned Firms, Champions of Minority Business Development, and Individual Recognition (a complete list of categories is available online at http://medweek.mbda.gov ).

MBDA encourages nominations from chambers of commerce, business and trade associations, prime contractors, federal, state and local government agencies, and individual business owners (self-nominations are allowed). All nominations must be submitted online  at http://medweek.mbda.gov no later than May 1, 2017.

The 2017 MED Week award winners are scheduled to be announced in July and the winners will receive their awards during National MED Week October 22-28, 2017, in Detroit.

For questions, please contact the MBDA National MED Week Program Coordinator Antavia Grimsley at 202-482-7458

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 47 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.


Celebrate Veterans Day in Buena Park, CA with Free Admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and more


This November and December, The City of Buena Park, CA celebrates past and present U.S. Armed Forces personnel with amazing discounts during Military Appreciation Months.

Both active and retired military members and their families can save on hotels, meals and attractions with these deals created to honor our nation’s heroes. Located just 15 miles from the Pacific coastline, Buena Park is conveniently positioned in proximity to attractions like Disneyland and The Queen Mary to name a few, making it the perfect home base for any Southern California vacation. So arrive to sunny SoCal this November and December and start your vacation right in the comfort and relaxation at one of Buena Park’s numerous hotels offering exclusive military discounts and upgrades, free parking, no resort fees and even complimentary shuttle service from some hotels to local attractions including Disneyland®.

Here are just a few of the many amazing deals that await you in Buena Park:

  • Free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park for military personnel and one guest from November 1 – November 16 and November 27 – December 15, 2018. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased for a discounted rate of $39.
  • Enjoy a special military ticket price of $35.11 per adult and $30.11 per child at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure when purchasing weekday tickets online or over the phone using code “Military.” This thrilling live performance pirate show is sure to wow dinner guests with swashbuckling action.
  • Get the royal treatment at Medieval Times, a family dinner theater featuring staged medieval-style games and sword-fighting, with a free Royalty Package upgrade when purchasing discounted tickets on-base at the ITT/ITR/MWR office, or $19 off when booking online.
  • Craving some kid-free time? Buena Park has that too! Go out on the town to experience the one-of-a-kind 18+ only cabaret show Teatro Martini, offering savings of $25 by using the code “Military” when booking online or over the phone. This immersive, theatrical dinner comedy theatre features musical performances, aerial ballet, enchanting magic, and a four-course dinner. Complimentary upgrades to the Captain’s seating are also available for weekday shows.

The true essence of this all-American destination shines through in places like Farrell’s Ice Creamery and Rock & Brews, both offering 10% off for military members. Farrell’s has been in business since 1963, a longtime favorite adored by locals and visitors alike. Rock & Brews, created by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, offers American comfort food and great beer paired with a unique rock ‘n roll dining experience.

Need more American cultural history? From your home base of Buena Park, head north: take a tour of the Queen Mary ship, which carried 2.2 million passengers throughout its active lifetime, including 810,000 military personnel in WWII (current and retired military can take $4 off admission price). Art enthusiasts will love Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, voted the Best Museum in Orange County, and offering active U.S. Military personnel $8 off adult admission. As you head back to your hotel, top off your day with a free admission visit to Knotts Independence Hall, an exact replica of Philadelphia’s famous landmark, complete with a Liberty Bell.

Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival Celebration on Battleship IOWA Museum

Battleship Iowa

Battleship IOWA Museum has become the Southern California destination to celebrate our people in uniform. On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, the “Battleship of Presidents,” coinciding with the one-hundred-year anniversary of the end of World War I, will honor vets with the Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival.

The Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival Celebration on Battleship IOWA Museum in Partnership with Black Knight Patrol and Bob Hope USO, offers free admission to Active, Retired and Reserve Military. The  family-friendly day will include a variety of fun experiences for everyone to enjoy, including but not limited to:

  • Live bands and DJ
  • Free food sponsored by Black Knight Patrol
  • Sailor’s Bar sponsored by West Coast Beverage
  • Vintage vehicles
  • 5″ gun salute at 11-11 to mark the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I (Active battle ended at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918). Sponsored by American Legion.

“We are a museum and a destination because of the heroic acts of those who volunteer to protect our freedoms and liberties,” says Battleship IOWA Museum’s President and CEO, Jonathan Williams. “Everything we do to preserve the history and missions of this vessel honors the veterans who continue to serve our country. It is our honor to support and celebrate them.”

Battleship IOWA Museum’s 2018 capital campaign is currently in progress to raise funds for the museum’s current operations and future growth as a National Museum. Everyone who donates

$500 or more to the campaign will be invited to attend an exclusive Admiral’s Reception on Veterans Day (November 11th) in the historic Wardroom aboard the Battleship IOWA. The reception to be hosted by Pacific Battleship Center’s Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.). To donate, please visit the website at www.pacificbattleship.com/donate or email development@labattleship.com.

Admission to the museum and exhibits are free for all active, retired and reserve military with valid ID.  The Battleship IOWA Museum ticket office opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour ticket sold at 4:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the box office are $19.95 for ages 12 – 61. Youth tickets (age 2 – 11) are $11.95. Senior admission (62 and over) are $9.95. Children under 2 are free.

Please visit Battleship IOWA’s new mobile-friendly website. We encourage social media followers to use our Facebook and Instagram outlets to learn more about museum curatorial updates and events. The phone number is 877-4-IOWA-61 (877-446-9261) or 310-971-4462.

About Battleship IOWA Museum:

Named as one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 5 Museums” out of 133 in Los Angeles, Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship institution. Forged in war, guardian of peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly, thousands of her own heroic sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the last ticket sale at 4:00 p.m. Battleship IOWA anchors at 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA, 90731, at The Los Angeles Waterfront. Please visit our website for additional information about special events, group tours, educational programs, and Naval retirement flag service.

Walk in Their Shoes Fundraising 5k Run/Walk provides an Opportunity to Give Veterans a ‘Hand Up’


On Saturday, November 3, Working Wardrobes and their VetNet program will host the Second Annual Walk in Their Shoes 5K Walk, Fun Run & Finish Line Festival, presented by Behr Paint Company. This exciting event will help to raise funds for VetNet and the programs that are essential to the success of veterans, so they can say, “I GOT THE JOB!”

The VetNet program was founded in 2012 by CEO of Working Wardrobes, Jerri Rosen, and retired Navy SEAL, Harry Humphries to provide important wrap-around services for veterans. To date, VetNet has assisted over 2,500 veterans in making the often difficult transition from military life to the civilian workforce. With more than 30,000 veterans returning from duty to Orange County each year, VetNet provides essential resources for these men and women who have served their country.

As part of this comprehensive program, veterans receive career assessment, job training opportunities, including comprehensive IT training that launched in 2018, resume writing and practice interviews, as well as professional wardrobing services. Most vets who enter the program begin with a week-long class called Power UP, which focuses on identifying barriers to employment, along with activities like art therapy and yoga class.

Brent is a recent graduate of Power UP. As a Marine veteran, with 15 years of government service in both the Navy and the State Department, Brent faced the difficult challenge of trying to translate his military experience into civilian workforce skills. “When I was in the military, I knew what my skills were – I can launch a Tomahawk missile…but how does that help me get a job?”

But aside from job skills, Brent had lost his sense of value – in himself and in his role in the community. “I had lost my footing in my life. I felt a sense of shame and I knew I didn’t have the skills to present myself.”

Brent looked for help, visiting Veterans Affairs (VA) and more than half a dozen other agencies, but he found that while he was getting a handout, he wasn’t acquiring any skills. He had also received a housing voucher, but it ran out in six months – not a lot of time to get his life together. He began volunteering at the VA in the hopes of getting a job there, but a hiring freeze went into effect before he could get a paycheck – at the same time that his housing voucher ran out.

“It wasn’t til I came to VetNet that I got back my sense of value.” For Brent, he knew that Working Wardrobes was different from the other agencies he’d tried “from the moment I walked in the door. I was spoken to with dignity and without judgement by the VetNet staff, who were fellow veterans. Everything, from the dialogue to the culture, attitude and the staff here was world-class.”

Even something as seemingly simple as a resume was a barrier that Brent had to overcome. He had worked on creating a resume at other agencies he had visited, but felt they did “more harm than good.” When he came to VetNet, Brent learned what his resume should really look like. “They taught me how to format it properly, what words to use to describe my skills, that it should be tailored for each job I was applying for….I never knew any of that. They taught me that there’s an algorithm when you apply for jobs online and how to get through that process without having your resume rejected.”

It also came back to values for Brent. “At VetNet, I learned that I could ask questions in a job interview – no one ever told me that before. And they taught me how to look for values and integrity in a company and whether they aligned with my own values.”

On his way to the first day of Power UP, Brent’s car broke down. Luckily, he had thrown his bike on his bike rack before he left home – part of his ‘contingency plan’ thinking from his military experience. “I just left my car on the side of the road and biked the rest of the way. I had made a commitment and I just knew that I needed to be there.”

“This program works because it’s a hand up, not a hand out. VetNet provides the service behind the tools. Every instructor, every class in Power UP – they were all huge lightbulb moments for me!”

Walking back into the Job Training Lab at the Working Wardrobes Career Center in Irvine where the Power UP week took place, Brent’s excitement is palpable, as he exclaims, “I love this room!” He remembers his fellow Power UP graduates fondly. “There was not one single person among the grads who wasn’t deeply touched by what we went through in the program.”

Brent was finally able to say “I got the job” when he was hired on at Working Wardrobes!  He is passionate about being a part of the organization that transformed his life and wants to spread the word to other veterans. “I AM the before and after,” he says proudly.  

Brent’s story is the reason behind Working Wardrobes VetNet’s Walk in Their Shoes event. Every dollar raised at the Walk goes directly to fund Power UP and job training programs for veterans like Brent.

The Walk in Their Shoes 5k Walk/Fun Run will be held at Lakeview Park in Orange, a private park with a view of Irvine Lake. The post-event Finish Line Festival will include activities like an obstacle course with the Marines, vendor tables, live entertainment, kids’ games & fun, food, drinks, and more. It’s also a great family activity, since kids under 10 are free and youth ages 11-15 are just $15.

Participants can gather their families, friends and colleagues to form a team, fundraise together and celebrate & honor the services of the men and women who served in the military. A reduced registration fee of $25 is available for active duty military and veterans.

The Petco Foundation Aims to Raise $2.3 Million for “Helping Heroes”

Petco Foundation Jake-Eric

Throughout October, the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Merrick Pet Care, will honor “Helping Heroes,” the therapy, service and working animals that have a significant effect on people across the nation.

With a goal to raise more than $2.3 million in Petco locations and online, the Helping Heroes campaign supports the incredible organizations that train and support these heroes to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each and every day.

These Helping Heroes safeguard our military, rescue people during disasters, give independence, comfort the sick and even help children learn to read. To date, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $12 million to support these extraordinary animals, with a special emphasis on organizations like the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Service Dogs Inc, and K9s For Warriors which obtain pets from shelters and transform them into Helping Heroes.

“These phenomenal heroes highlight the true potential of shelter pets,” said Petco Foundation President Susanne Kogut. “We hope to showcase the life-changing impact these animals make and we continue to invest significantly in organizations that rescue and train these special heroes to serve as an example to others.”

Throughout the month, the Petco Foundation and Merrick Pet Care will share stories and videos about these organizations and animals that touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Some of the animal heroes and organizations featured in this campaign include:

Xeli: Therapy Cat at Denver International Airport
Xeli was certified by Pet Partners and now is a therapy cat at the Denver International Airport, visiting the airport frequently and helping to calm travelers from across the nation and the world. Read Xeli’s story.

Jake: Search and Rescue Dog
Jake is an adopted search and rescue dog trained by National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Jake serves alongside his handler on California Task Force 7, assisting in disasters including mudslides, earthquakes and more. Read Jake’s story.

Stryker: Army Veteran Service Dog
Stryker is a former shelter dog turned service dog trained by K9s For Warriors and matched with Jenny, an Army Veteran who struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning home from Iraq. Stryker gives Jenny security and enables her to be more confident in her daily life. Read Stryker’s story.

Merrick Pet Care shares Petco Foundation’s passion to improve the lives of pets and pet parents. Since 2015, as the exclusive feeding partner for K9s For Warriors, Merrick has been committed to raising awareness for K9s For Warriors, which pairs veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with service dogs that have been rescued from shelters and thoroughly trained.

“Through our partnership with K9s For Warriors, we’ve witnessed the healing power of pairing a rescued service dog with a veteran with PTSD,” said Barbara Liss, Vice President – Marketing, Merrick Pet Care. “We’re committed to working with the Petco Foundation to expand our support of organizations that transform the lives of pets and their pet parents.”

In addition to raising awareness for this important cause, Merrick Pet Care has pledged $75,000 to the Helping Heroes campaign. Individuals can support the campaign by donating online or in a Petco or Unleashed by Petco store October 6 through October 28, 2018. To learn more about the Petco Foundation, this campaign and working, service and therapy animals, visit petcofoundation.org/heroes.

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

About Merrick Pet Care
Founded in 1988, Amarillo-based Merrick Pet Care, Inc. is a leader in natural and organic pet food. Pets have always been a part of the Merrick family, and that’s what inspires the company to create the most wholesome and nutritious recipes possible. Merrick goes to great lengths to craft recipes with real, whole foods and the freshest ingredients all without additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. The company offers a wide variety of high-quality dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at Petco and Petco.com. For more information, visit merrickpetcare.com.

GI Film Festival San Diego 2018 Winners Announced


SAN DIEGO – October, 2018 – On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 the GI Film Festival San Diego announced the winners of this year’s festival. More than 120 people attended the soiree hosted by comedian and former U.S. Navy Officer, Jamie Kaler, with featured entertainment by the American Flyboys.

This year’s military film festival, which is the largest on the West Coast, featured 34 films, 15 screenings, and countless opportunities to be inspired. The six-day festival was also home base for the national GI Film Festival in 2018. The awards program recognized the courageous storytelling produced by international, national and local filmmakers. Some of the nominated films qualify for both national and local awards, as content features San Diego events, people, places, and filmmakers.

The world premiere of the four-minute narrative short “Let It Go,” directed by San Diego filmmaker Stephanie Heim, was the runaway winner of the evening, earning three awards in both national and local categories: Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military, Local Film Showcase – Best Actress, and Local Film Showcase – Best Narrative Short.

National Award Winners

The following titles are winners in the GI Film Festival San Diego 2018’s national categories:

Best Narrative Short: Best narrative film under 60 minutes


Directed by Richie Adams

Best Documentary Feature: Best documentary film 60 minutes or more (tie)

“Surviving Home”

By Jillian Moul & Matthew Moul

Best Documentary Feature: Best documentary film 60 minutes or more (tie)

“When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope”

Directed by Rebecca Shore

Best Documentary Short: Best documentary film under 60 minutes

“We Are Not Done Yet”

Sareen Hairabedian and Jeffrey Wright

Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) that features current military and/or veterans in key roles (Producer, Director, Writer, Lead Actor/Actress)

“Let It Go”

Directed by Stephanie Heim


Best Student Film: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) by a student filmmaker

“G.I. José”

By Alejandro Marquez Vela

Best First Time Filmmaker: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) by a filmmaker in their directorial debut

“From Baghdad to The Bay”

By Erin Palmquist

Local Film Showcase 2018 Award Winners

The following titles are winners in the Local Film Showcase for the GI Film Festival San Diego 2018. These winners are all connected to San Diego in some way, such as the filmmaker’s place of residence/production office, film subject, shooting/editing, historic event, or other meaningful tie in. San Diego County areas of residence or neighborhood where the film was created are included if filmmakers provided this information by Sept. 4, 2018:

Local Film Showcase – Best Actor: Best performance by an actor; performer does not have to be a current military service member or veteran

Adam Gilmore, “Hotflakes”

Local Film Showcase – Best Actress: Best performance by an actress; performer does not have to be a current military service member or veteran

Leaphy Khim, “Let It Go”

Local Film Showcase – Best Narrative Short: Best narrative film under 60 minutes

“Let It Go”

Directed by Stephanie Heim (Carmel Valley resident)

Local Film Showcase – Best Documentary Short: Best documentary film under 60 minutes

“Never Forget” (Filmed at The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park)

By Lane Nishikawa (Tierrasanta resident)

Local Film Showcase – Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) that features current military and/or veterans in key roles (Producer, Director, Writer, Lead Actor/Actress)

“Thud Pilots”

Directed by Mark A. Vizcarra (Rancho Bernardo resident)

Local Film Showcase – Best Student Film: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) by a student filmmaker

“Code of Honor: One Soldiers Stand for Equality”

By Aiden Keltner (Clairemont resident)

Local Film Showcase – Local Choice Award: Best film where at least 60 percent of the cast, crew and locations were sourced from San Diego County or Imperial County

“Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded” (Filmed at Camp Pendleton)

The 2019 GI Film Festival San Diego is scheduled for September 2019. For up-to-date information on the festival and to be notified of the film submission process for 2019, visit GIFilmFestivalSD.org.

About GI Film Festival San Diego

Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego aims to honor and preserve military stories. The films reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. The festival also includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places. Panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, and documentary subjects are also part of GI Film Festival San Diego. The festival also includes a family movie night, bringing military-connected and civilian families together for an evening of movie magic and community spirit.

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. Official sponsors of the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego include: Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling, The Super Dentists, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, BAE Systems, Lewis University, National City Mile of Cars, the San Diego Opera, Altus Schools, Bob Baker Subaru, and Miramar National Cemetery. Additional support is provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition.


  • “American” – A 94-year-old veteran who works as a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum encounters a mother and her daughter, triggering events that happened in his past, including his time as a young man in a Japanese American Internment Camp and later serving with the 442 in WWII. Stars George Takei, Leonardo Nam, Rachel Michiko Whitney, Keong Sim, and Ivan Shaw. Narrative Short / Dir. Richie Adams / 2018 / 18 minutes / San Diego Premiere / Tues., Sept 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “Code of Honor: One Soldier’s Stand for Equality” – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran tells the story of his experience participating in the integration of African-Americans into the Marine Corps. Documentary Short / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Aiden Keltner / 2018 / 12 minutes / World Premiere / Sun., Sept 30 at 12:00 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
  • “From Baghdad to The Bay” – Follow the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military, and ostracized from family and country, we follow Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay activist. Documentary Feature / Dir. Erin Palmquist / 2018 / one hour and eight minutes / San Diego Premiere / Fri., Sept 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “G.I. José” – A Mexican-American U.S. Army soldier comes back home and faces the dilemma of whether to defend his family, or the laws of the country he vowed to protect. Narrative Short / Dir. Alejandro Marquez Vela / 2017 / 11 minutes / San Diego Premiere / Fri., Sept 28 at 8:15 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “Hotflakes” – In 1976, Richard and Willie try to sell their last kilo of cocaine to a private buyer. When they can’t read Willie’s handwriting, they must blindly choose a house and hope it is the right one. Narrative Short / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Trevor Neuenswander / 2018 / 11 minutes / World Premiere / Fri., Sept 28 at 8:15 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “Let It Go” – A Marine deals with loss of a fellow Marine. Narrative Short / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Stephanie Heim / 2018 / four minutes / World Premiere / Fri., Sept 28 at 8:15 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “Never Forget” – An intimate portrait of the few remaining World War II Japanese-American veterans of the 100th/442nd Regiment, U.S. Army, and their families. Documentary Short / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Lane Nishikawa / 2017 / 37 minutes / Wed. Sept 26 at 5:00 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded” – This honest and unflinching documentary portrays the extraordinary life story of Major James Capers, Jr. an American hero, who persevered through adversity and after 50 classified missions rose to become one of the most decorated Force Recon Marines in history. Documentary Feature / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Ashley Cusato / 2018 / one hour and 25 minutes / San Diego Premiere / Sun., Sept 30 at 12:00 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
  • “Surviving Home” – This intimate documentary follows four U.S. military veterans from different generations over an eight-year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Documentary Feature / Dirs. Matthew Moul and Jillian Moul / 2017 / 85 minutes / West Coast Premiere / Sat., Sept 29 at 3:30 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
  • “Thud Pilots” – No war in American history is more misunderstood than what took place over the bloody skies of North Vietnam in the 1960s. “Thud Pilots” is the untold story of the men who flew the F-105 THUD over the deadly skies of North Vietnam. Documentary Feature / Local Film Showcase / Dir. Mark Vizcarra / 2018 / 84 minutes / World Premiere / Wed. Sept 26 at 7:15 p.m. at Museum of Photographic Arts
  • “We Are Not Done Yet” – Ten U.S. veterans of varied backgrounds come together at a poetry workshop to combat their traumatic military pasts through the art of written word. Documentary Short / Dir. Sareen Hairabedian / 2018 / 40 minutes / World Premiere / Sat., Sept 29 at 1:00 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
  • “When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope” – Young Israeli soldiers forge a new identity and rebuild their lives after sustaining serious injury during service. Through reaching out to those in need, they discover renewed meaning and healing in giving to others. Documentary Feature / Dir. Rebecca Shore / 2017 / 70 minutes / San Diego Premiere / Sun., Sept 30 at 6:00 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center


NCOA Announces Recruiting Drive


NCOA is currently a leader in Veterans and Spouse Employment, a strong voice on Capitol Hill and with the Veterans Administration, and our members around the world are making a difference in their local communities. I encourage you to browse our website and see the great benefits and advantages there are to being an NCOA member and always remember – there is “Strength in Unity!”

When you join NCOA you are becoming “The Voice of Today’s Enlisted” you will receive our weekly newsletter and legislative updates, are eligible for membership discounts, scholarships, college tuition discounts and much more.

Continue onto NCOA to sign up to be a member today!

American Soldier Network joins Jeffrey Earnhardt at Las Vegas


Xtreme Concepts has partnered with the American Soldier Network (ASN) for a special paint scheme at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway this weekend to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Joining Xtreme Concepts and ASN, and honoring fallen service members, is Tito Ortiz, UFC Hall of Famer and champion.

American Soldier Network is a hands-on organization that raises awareness and funding to tackle the psychological and emotional battles affecting veterans on the home front with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness, unemployment reintegration and suicide. The American Soldier Network is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under section 501(c)(3).

“I am honored to be partnered with the American Soldier Network at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 96 Xtreme Concepts Toyota, said. “ASN is an amazing organization that gives back to our service members in their time of need. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s important to help raise awareness on how our veterans can get help, and how we as a society can be there for support.”

“Veteran suicide is at epidemic proportions,” Landon Ash, Xtreme Concepts owner said. “These men and women put their lives in harms way so that we can have safety and security to enjoy our everyday lives. We owe these men and women a debt of gratitude and should come together as a community to help those veterans in need heal. It is my pleasure to work with the American Soldier Network and serve on several other boards that help focus on making sure these heroes get the help they deserve.”

On board the No. 96 Xtreme Concepts Toyota will be two names of fallen service members, USAF Ssgt Nick Sandantrea and US Army Patrick Craghead. USAF Ssgt Sandantrea lost his life while active duty, and US Army Craghead shortly after serving. Both Gold Star families will be in attendance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“40,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide annually – of those approximately over 8,000 belong to the veteran and military community,” Annie Nelson, ASN founder and principal, said. “We must stop this epidemic! We launched RuckUp.org to do just that. It is such an incredible honor to partner with Jeffrey and Tito. Saving lives is urgent! If one life is touched by this weekend’s efforts we’ve all done our job.”

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City Career Fair Announces 2019 Dates!


Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs provide recruiters access to the United States’ largest pool of diverse, multi-cultural, and qualified professionals. It is the only career fair that targets and delivers candidates from ALL classes covered under the TitleVII Civil Rights Act of 1964*. This includes Women, People of Color, Seniors, LGBTQ and People with Disabilities. Our award-winning staff has over 15 years experience in diversity recruitment. The Diversity Career Fairs are held Annually in most major cities where the Mayor and/or Governor proclaim “Diversity Employment Day”. We have over 1,000 satisfied corporate, government and non-profit clients. The Federal Government selected us as a preferred vendor to host its largest Diversity Career Fair ever!

Our Mission/Vision Statement:

To be the world’s best career fair producer offering the highest value, most efficient means for recruiting quality candidates while offering the most passionate customer satisfaction guaranteed.

To read more about these dates in detail, please visit: citycareerfair.com

Veterans In Business Conference Date Announced


Veterans In Business (VIB) has announced the date for the annual conference— March 28, 2019.

The Annual Veterans In Business Conference provides education, networking and business opportunities for the military community (including all era Veterans, active duty, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses) who continue to strengthen our country with their small business endeavors and entrepreneurial spirit. The conference was created by civic and business leaders in Northern Virginia to provide networking opportunities, training and exposure to the military community who wish to grow their businesses (whether it be B2B, B2G,B2C or non-profit) through the many opportunities the metro DC area affords.

The Veterans In Business Conference is unique and is focused on all Veteran-owned businesses. The greater Washington area is home to a large number of Veteran-owned businesses as well as the majority of federal agencies, prime contractors and general consumers who work with them. The Veterans In Business Conference can provide attendees with unique exposure to many of the small business offices from the Federal Government and the corporations that often need SD/VOSBs to join their teams.

More details and information will be coming soon! Please visit: veteransbusinessconference.org

The Best of Small Business Awards


The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. With over twenty-five notable “Best of Small Business” categories to choose from, The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is the largest Annual Business Recognition Program in the US.

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is presented by Small Business Expo (celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary with nearly 100 Successful Business Shows Produced), the Nation’s BIGGEST and most attended Business-to-Business Networking Event, Trade Show & Conference, hosted in 15 major US cities.  Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs attend our nation-wide events to attend cutting-edge business-critical workshops, shop for vendors that can help their business grow & network with thousands of attendees.
See below for the benefits of winning an award and to find out more information about the small business expos.
Benefits of Winning an Award Category:

  • National Recognition as one of the TOP Small Businesses in the US.
  • This Award is a great differentiator for your Product or Service
  • Instant credibility for new and existing clients
  • Give your sales a boost and show your new & old customers your company’s achievements
  • Great positive exposure for your business
  • Leverage your award recognition to gain more media exposure for your company

For more information and/or to make a nomination, visit: thesmallbusinessexpo.com/small-business-award