October 2018 Newsletter

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. There are over 2.5 million Veteran Owned Businesses that generate over $1.14 trillion in annual revenues.  VAMBOA is your non-profit veteran business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners.

We know that you possess special skills including leadership abilities and a work ethic second to none. VAMBOA’s “Vet Owned” seal symbolizes the talent, dedication, leadership and courage of these special Americans who currently serve or have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Membership is free for all Veteran Military  Entrepreneurs (VMEs).  We invite veteran and military entrepreneurs to join VAMBOA. 

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We are happy to send our seal to members to use on their websites and collateral.  

Our focus is connecting Veteran and Military Business Owners with corporations that seek and value a diverse network of suppliers.  VAMBOA has a database of close to 15,000 certified and verified Veteran Owned Businesses.   Please contact us to learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities at .

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Featured Member

Bill Hack-  Aire by Veterans


In the 2 1/2 years that A I R E by Veterans has been in business, the team, headed up by a disabled Air Force veteran, has continued to provide the highest level of  commercial and residential air duct and dryer vent cleaning, delivered with top-notch customer service. 


A I R E by Veterans doesn’t just walk the walk… not only are all of A I R E’s technicians highly skilled and trained to the highest standards of their  industry, they are all U.S. military veterans.


A I R E has also made it part of its mission to train younger veterans how to start and run a business.


Since this company is always looking for ways to give back to the veteran community, a portion of A I R E by Veterans revenue is donated to the Southern California and Phoenix area Disabled American Veterans (DAV). We salute the team from A I R E by Veterans, our Featured Member.


Featured Sponsor

IBM- A History of Supplier Diversity

IBM’s commitment to diverse suppliers is demonstrated by its rich corporate history. Founded in 1968 as IBM’s Minority Supplier Development Program, IBM has placed billions of dollars of business with its diverse suppliers over the last four decades. By 2000, IBM became the first information technology company to purchase more than $1 billion with first tier diverse businesses and proudly joined the ranks of Minority Business News USA’s “Billion Dollar Roundtable.”   IBM has spent in excess of $1 billion annually in the US since that timeframe and $2 billion, 1st  tier, worldwide since 2006. This year, IBM celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Supplier Diversity Program.  Do you want to learn more about engaging with IBM?  Reach out to Mary Hellem (, share your company capability information and learn how you can team with IBM for subcontracting opportunities.

Want to be a Featured Member in the next Newsletter? Email us at and tell us about you and your company.

On the Blog

Accounting tips for small business owners: Starting your own business is often a learn-as-you-go process. But the more smart decisions you make early on, the better chance your company has for success. As a new small business owner, it is imperative that you establish practices, policies, and good habits early on. Read the full article on the Blog.

Major Contract Awards

Check out some of  the contracts that have been recently awarded by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency here.


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Complimentary online subscriptions for U.S. Veterans Magazine are available to VAMBOA members. U.S. Veterans Magazine is a valuable resource for all who have served, but especially for transitioning entrepreneurs, service-disabled veteran business owners, veteran business owners and their spouses and families.

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2019 National Small Business Week Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.


Visit to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019

Stanford Ignite

Stanford Ignite Post-9/11 Veterans is tailored to recent U.S. veterans who want to bolster their know-how about innovation and entrepreneurship. Unique components to this program include career advising, visits to local Bay Area companies, and sessions with hiring managers. Stanford GSB alumni veterans will be actively engaged as mentors, guest speakers, and panelists evaluating student presentations. Business concepts learned in the classroom span core business skills and functional skills, and are reinforced through practical application with team venture projects, where participants work in teams of five or six to develop a new product or service for an existing organization or a new venture.The program culminates in final team presentations to a panel of venture capitalists, angel investors, industry experts, and experienced entrepreneurs.

*If you have an MBA, graduate degree in management, and/or extensive managerial training, you are not eligible to apply.


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This nationally televised concert raises awareness of the mental health issues, including brain health faced by those who have served our country, and raises funds for the non-profit organizations that support them.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), one of the fastest growing non-profit trade associations serving veteran military entrepreneurs (VMEs) is once again proud to announce sponsorship of the America Salutes You concert series, “Guitar Legends for Heroes II.”

On Sunday December 2nd , some of the world’s best guitarists will hit the stage at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles to thank our military, veterans and their loved ones for their sacrifices, while raising funds for the high impact charities that support them.

In addition to performing, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons will take on hosting duties The all-star event will feature special performances by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Sammy Hagar, Orianthi, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

The concert will be recorded and nationally televised for later broadcast.

Charity recipients benefiting from this music-filled evening include the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, HeadStrong, GIFT and the Independence Fund.

“We, as a nation, must recognize both the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by those who have served in our country’s military,” said Debbie Gregory, founder and CEO of VAMBOA. “If we are sincere in our gratitude for their service, we must ensure that we care for all servicemembers, past and present, and their families. We do this by providing the resources they need to live full, productive and happy lives.”

“I can’t wait until December 2nd in Los Angeles when America Salutes You presents Guitar Legends 2, starring amazing guitarists who are donating their time to raise awareness about and funds for brain and mental wellness charities, particularly for veterans and first responders,” said Bob Okun, Executive Producer.

The concert is made possible by the generous financial support of Walgreens, AT&T, KLOVE, AXS TV, Tribune Media, United Airlines and Production Glue.

About America Salutes You
America Salutes You is a 501c3 organization created to express our national gratitude to our service members, veterans and their families through an annual nationally broadcasted benefit concert that raises funds for a range of highly rated charities. One hundred percent of all money raised are granted to nonprofit organizations with programs that provide services to our troops, veterans and their families.

You’re invited to listen to Debbie Gregory’s interview on Lt. Col. (Ret.) Denny Gillem’s radio show on Frontlines of Freedom Military Talk Radio at:

Frontlines of Freedom is designed to address and discuss the most pressing issues facing our armed forces, veterans and their families.

During the interview, Debbie touched on her family’s rich history of  service and her reasons for founding VAMBOA. Debbie also referenced her previous role as the CEO of, and the great number of non-profits we have been privileged to work with.

Debbie shared that she felt one of the  biggest take-aways from the Power Your Business Conference that VAMBOA produced in conjunction with Amgen was the information our members  received from the corporations present as to how to do business with them.

This year, one of Debbie’s goals is starting a veteran incubator to help veteran start-ups get their businesses off the ground, and take them to the next level. The great thing about an incubator is the collaborative environment that exists when people share ideas.

If you’re not already a member, you are invited to join the 7,200+ members nationwide. There is no fee to join.

Guests on Frontlines of Freedom include Cabinet members, generals, admirals, officers of all ranks, enlisted members, politicians, and of course, our very own Debbie Gregory.

Power Your Business

Power Your Business

Conference, with America’s Money Answers Man Jordan Goodman
Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen and Speakers from: SBA, VA, DOL, & Top Corporations took place on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at Amgen’s Corporate Conference Center in Thousand Oaks.

The conference focused on Certification/Verification, Financing, and Winning Government and Private Sector Business.

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VAMBOA & DiversityComm Join Forces to Provide Resources to Military and Veteran Business Owners.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is proud to announce that it has once again joined forces with DiversityComm to offer beneficial resources to the readers of U.S. Veterans Magazine and secure free subscriptions for VAMBOA members.

VAMBOA is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association with more than 7,200 members nationwide. Known as the “go-to” association for Veteran and Military Business Owners, VAMBOA assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners with development, growth and prosperity. VAMBOA is supported through corporate sponsorships. There are no dues or membership fees for Veteran and Military Business members.

VAMBOA’s 7,200 members are in all business sectors from sole proprietors to large corporations. VAMBOA helps to spread the word about the excellent diversity programs of its sponsors, and from time to time, profiles key members with press releases, articles, blog posts, and on their social media network approaching a quarter of a million combined fans and followers.

Additionally, VAMBOA assists corporations in connecting sourcing professionals with qualified Veteran and Military Enterprises (VMEs) through face-to-face meetings and distributing their RFI/RFPs, thus increasing diversity spend. VAMBOA also provides the opportunity to network with corporate members and share their best practices in Supplier Diversity.

“By renewing our Memorandum of Understanding, we are pleased to be able to offer a valuable subscription to DiversityComm’s U.S. Veterans Magazine to our membership without any cost to them,” said VAMBOA CEO Debbie Gregory. “At the same time, we will be supplying editorial content to the magazine that will be of interest to the magazine’s readership. At VAMBOA, we value working with the DiversityComm team.”

DiversityComm has more than 25 years of professional expertise in all aspects of business and employment that ensures equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion advertising. In addition to U.S. Veterans Magazine, DiversityComm publishes Black EOE Journal, HISPANIC Network Magazine, Professional WOMAN’s Magazine, Diversity in STEAM Magazine and Diverseability Magazine.