Veteran Business Owners, corporations and NVBDC certified veterans assembled for the National Veteran Business Matchmaking event in Detroit on September 10th to 11th. The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) brought together over 50 corporations and agencies for productive business matchmaking sessions, networking opportunities and the popular Vet’s Night Out. Over 400 attendees were on site for the two-day event that featured industry speakers who addressed the advantages of certification, succession planning, and accessing capital. NVBDC also organized an impressive Supplier Diversity panel comprised of industry leaders including Samantha Brink, Dell; Hampton Haucke, Delta Airlines; Jason Trimiew, Facebook and Jenny Williams, from Cox Communications. The engaging panel was moderated by Kellogg’s Debra Quade. The event provided a unique opportunity for Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs) to participate in education sessions. “Veteran Business Owners can be the cornerstone of a Supplier Diversity Program. Our annual event creates an environment for SD/VOBs to learn and network with major corporations. Our speakers and industry leaders who attended this year’s event were from Top Tier corporations who see the advantage of working with Veteran Business Owners,” said Keith King, President NVBDC.
Feedback from the business matchmaking and education sessions included how SD/VOBs felt their NVBDC certification was advantageous stating, “I’m proud that our company is certified with the NVBDC because you showed how you are paving the way in supporting VOBs” and “there was such a great buzz throughout the entire event and so many folks made business connections. I also believe there were numerous CVE hold-outs that now understand the value and will apply for the NVBDC certification” The event also awarded and recognized industry leaders for their contributions to Veterans including Lear Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Sonoco, Consumers Energy, and named Trendway as Veteran Business of the Year. The NVBDC President’s Award was presented to Matt Sherwood from VetBiz Central for his tireless contributions in helping Veteran Business Owners.
Thanks to the generosity of Delta Air Lines, NVBDC was able to give away 2 round-trip airline tickets to lucky veteran business owner Belinda Barnes of Green Beings Recycling during Vets Night Out, making the party even more festive. NVBDC recently completed their 2018 National Survey of Veteran Owned Businesses and will use the information in planning next year’s event.
The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.