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VAMBOA – Veteran and Military Business Owners Association is a non-profit trade organization offering various membership benefits to its veteran and military business owners. Many veteran owned businesses and military owned businesses find the support they need to succeed as veteran businesses and military businesses through valuable services and networking opportunities provided by VAMBOA. For starters, membership is free to all veteran owned businesses, service disabled veteran owned businesses (SDVOB) and military business owners. A veteran can find the training and help necessary to succeed from VAMBOA.

Some other membership benefits include introductions to top corporations that embrace supplier diversity for veteran businesses and military businesses owners, member to member exchanges, referrals and discounts for veteran and military business owners. There are also benefits for potential partners for joint ventures for both military owned businesses and veteran owned businesses as well as franchise opportunities and discounts. Veteran business owners and owners of military businesses are also able to attend valuable conferences and webinars. VAMBOA will be featuring veteran and military business owners in the VAMBOA Veteran and Military Business Owner Directory as well as the VAMBOA Newsletter.

Military businesses and veteran businesses registered as members of VAMBOA have the opportunity to form strategic alliances with top corporations and government agencies. VAMBOA will also provide advocacy and the advancement of legislation that will benefit its members. These membership benefits are priceless when it comes to forming strong bonds with other veterans and veteran and military business owners and creating powerful relationships between military owned businesses, veteran owned businesses, and service disabled veteran owned businesses.

VAMBOA’s membership benefits are exclusive and even provide major advertising discounts on MilitaryConnection.com – The Go-To Site – for any certified veteran or military owned business and a free listing on its Veteran and Military Business Directory. Veterans who own veteran businesses or military owned businesses who register as members can benefit from all types of discounts including travel, car rentals, hotels, office supplies, office equipment, shipping, electronics, accounting and finance tools including QuickBooks, payroll services, insurance, staffing search engine marketing, web design and more!

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There are many business opportunities veterans and service disabled veterans can take on, including starting a veteran small business. Starting a veteran owned small business or service disabled veteran owned small business is a great way to create income and increase diversity and competition between businesses. Veteran owned businesses also increase veteran diversity in the workforce. For most veterans, opening a small business will require veteran small business loans, either through private lenders or through the Small Business Administration.

For many veteran small business owners, the process of starting a veteran owned small business or service disabled veteran owned small business can be confusing to say the least. Where do you start? What forms do you need? Where can you go for help? These are all commonly asked questions of prospective veteran owned businesses and service disabled veterans looking to get started on their new business. Building businesses from the ground up is an intimidating task, and for veterans hoping to start a small business, it can be even more difficult, considering veteran small business loans.

The Small Business Administration is the best place to find veteran small business loans that are affordable and accessible to veterans looking to start veteran owned businesses. The SBA offers business guides, information and resources to get a veteran small business or a service disabled veteran owned small business off the ground. You will find information specifically for service disabled veterans looking to learn more about service disabled veterans’ eligibility for business grants as well as information and resources for a veteran owned small business and other veteran businesses about the Patriot Express Loans being offered through the end of 2010. The SBA is a prime location to find forms and applications for veteran small business loans, as well as applications for veteran status of other veteran owned small business and service disabled veteran owned small business ventures.

If you are looking to start your own veteran small business, remember that you are not alone and opening veteran owned businesses does not have to be as intimidating as it seems. All businesses start somewhere and veteran owned businesses are no different.

Government contracting for veteran owned businesses can be a valuable resource for veterans looking to start their own businesses. It is important to understand the positive aspects of government contracts when reviewing options for a veteran business or a service disabled veteran owned business because it may save money and time. It is especially important to review veteran business qualifications as you consider government contracts to ensure you meet all necessary guidelines for veteran-owned business status. Government contracting can not only benefit veteran diversity in the work place, but it can help make your veteran business much more successful in the long run.

For starters, you can generally count on government contracts for veteran owned businesses to be available because unlike normal businesses affected by the economy, the government is never out of business. Therefore, government contracting can be a reliable source of income for a veteran owned business looking to stay afloat in tough times. Don’t be disheartened by talk of government downsizing and strict budgeting. There is plenty of money to be spent and veterans looking to increase veteran diversity by investing in a veteran owned business or service disabled veteran owned business have a good chance at getting to that money first.

There are disbelievers out there that say government contracting is a long shot for small or disadvantaged businesses but that is not true. Due to decreased and simplified paperwork and a government program called the Very Small Business Program, a veteran owned business, service disabled veteran owned businesses and other veteran businesses have access to government contracts and, more specifically, government contracts for veteran owned businesses. Pending adherence to veteran business qualifications, veterans have the ability to do business with government contracts that can help build veteran diversity as well as increase revenues and create strong foundations for a struggling veteran business and new veteran owned businesses.

In order to be considered for government contracts for veteran owned businesses, veterans must first meet veteran business qualifications and then complete all the necessary paperwork to apply for government contracting. By meeting the veteran business qualifications, veterans are confirming that at least 51% of their business is owned by a veteran(s), including at least 51% of the stock holdings, and the daily management is performed by one or more veterans. Service disabled veteran owned business status includes the previous stipulations, including the veteran(s) to have been disabled due to his or her service. These qualifications are in place to protect veteran diversity in the workplace.

Upon meeting these qualifications and filing the proper request forms, a veteran business can then pursue government contracts for veteran owned businesses.

Opening a veteran owned business is a rewarding experience for both veterans and their non-veteran employees. Even increasing veteran diversity in a workplace can reflect positively on both performance and company morale in a service disabled veteran owned business or a veteran business. Service disabled veterans increase diversity in the workplace. There are many incentives for veterans to start a business, but there are also many qualifications that need to be met in order to start and maintain a veteran owned business. Beginning a veteran owned business requires adherence to certain standards set by the Veteran Administration and the U.S. Government, as listed below.

For instance, veteran owners or service disabled veterans looking to own a business with veteran employees must be “veterans” as defined by the law, including having served and been discharged from a sector of the military under conditions other than dishonorable. For National Guard and Reserve members looking to increase diversity and veteran diversity in the workplace, being called to Federal active duty, incurring an injury from duty or becoming disabled from a disease serve as qualifications for veteran status. These qualifications also enable veterans to open a service disabled veteran owned business.

Service disabled veterans are also catching the veteran owned business bug. The government defines service disabled veterans as a veteran who received a disability determination from the Department of Defense or obtained a disability rating letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, indicating a service-connected rating between 0% and 100%. The VA puts these qualifications into effect in order to better track veteran diversity and veteran employees in service disabled veteran owned business organizations and the diversity of business as an entity.

A veteran owned business is generally defined by a rate of not less than 51% of ownership belonging to one or more veterans as well as the same percent for stock holdings. Also, the management of the business and daily operations must be controlled by one or more veteran employees. The same ownership and management qualifications apply to service disabled veteran owned businesses. The best chance of increasing veteran diversity and diversity in general within in the workplace is by establishing veteran owned businesses through specific qualifications.

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