Attention: Service Disabled Small Business Owners–

Do You Want To Be A Supplier for a

Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Pharmaceutical Company?


Immediate Opportunities


One of VAMBOA’s valued corporate sponsors is seeking

Service Disabled Veteran Small Business Owners

to work with them in the following business categories:


  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Conference/ Meetings/Tradeshow/Booths
  • Contract Sales
  • Customer Relationship Marketing
  • Data
  • Digital Creative and media
  • Digital Media
  • IS – Hardware Maintenance/network/equipment/supplies
  • Legal, Litigation Support Expense
  • Marketing Fulfillment
  • Medical Communication
  • Media
  • Primary Research
  • Printed Materials
  • Promotions
  • Public Relations
  • Speaker Bureaus
  • Staff Services – Temporary Staffing
  • Subscriptions
  • Traditional Creative Media
  • Training



Apply immediately to with the following information by 8/1/14:


Business Category (from above)-

Company Name-

Contact Name-

Email Address-

Phone Number-

Boots to Business Reboot

In keeping with the its commitment to Veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has sponsored the Boots to Business program. As Veterans transition to civilian life, the Boots to Business program has offered training courses to make their dreams of business ownership a reality.

The widely popular “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” is a program offered to future entrepreneurs while they’re still in uniform, as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum for “Boots to Business: from Service to Startup” was designed to introduce concepts, information and resources about business ownership to transitioning service members. Along with the education, the program also connects service members to crucial resources in their local communities.

The SBA has added an additional curriculum to their program. “Boots to Business: Reboot,” is an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans that is being hosted in twelve locations across the country.

Each session will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day course, titled Introduction to Entrepreneurship, led by the SBA’s resource partners, as well as industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF).

“Boots to Business: Reboot” will introduce Veteran entrepreneurs to the basics of business ownership.  The curriculum will lead Veterans through evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. “Boots to Business: Reboot” will also connect participating Veterans to a network of business support contacts by introducing them to the SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach centers, Women’s Business centers, Small Business Development centers and SCORE counselors.

At the conclusion of the two-day training, Veteran entrepreneurs will be eligible to register for an eight-week online course called “Foundations of Entrepreneurship.” This program is led by instructors from IVMF, and offers Veterans in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan, as well as techniques and advice for starting their own businesses.

After completing “Boots to Business: Reboot,” and “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”  Veteran entrepreneurs will possess the tools and knowledge needed to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources, and launch their own small businesses.

The “Boots to Business: Reboot” events run through Aug. 25-26.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 1 – 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information and to register for events Veterans interested in business ownership are encouraged to visit

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: New Boots to Business Program: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Michigan District Office

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the International Business Community –

The US Department of Commerce is organizing a major international conference in Detroit, titled DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS Leveraging Free Trade Agreements: Opportunities and Challenges, September 9-10, 2014, at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. The conference will highlight opportunities to expand export sales and business activities in countries where the United States has signed Free Trade Agreements.

This two-day program is expected to attract approximately 300 people and will include participation from 18 of our Commercial Diplomats stationed at US Embassies and Consulates around the globe.

DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Leveraging Free Trade Agreements
Compete. Win. Grow.

Participate in DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Leveraging the Free Trade Agreements to:

· Identify and gain access to emerging markets and opportunities

· Obtain the tools necessary to succeed in foreign markets

· Leverage government contacts and resources to compete successfully

What to Expect:

· Dynamic market exploration sessions

· Excellent networking opportunities throughout the conference

· Pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with international trade diplomats
Private Consultations will be available with US Commercial Diplomats from U.S. Embassies and Consulates:
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
South Korea

Sessions to Include:

Industry panels featuring companies and individuals sharing their experiences in the 18 markets listed above
Market entry and risk mitigation strategies
Basic and advanced sessions on qualifying for FTAs and creating an FTA compliance program
High-profile keynote speaker(s)

Event Dates: September 9-10, 2014
Location: Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226 USA
(313) 442-1600

Discounted Conference Hotel Rate:

$169 Group Rate available until 5:00 PM August 24, 2014

Group Name: Discover Global Markets Detroit

Book Here:

$325 – Early Registration
$375 – After August 8, 2014
Cancellation Fee: $45 – Cancellations accepted until 5:00PM August 24, 2014

To Register click here!

For More Information:

Richard Corson, (248) 975.9604,

Jennifer Moll, (313) 212-8693,

US Commerce Dept. Commercial Services Logo

U.S. Commercial Service:
A global network of trade professionals located
across the United States and in the U.S. Embassies
and Consulates in over 70 countries. Their
services include export counseling, market intelligence
and international business matchmaking.

District Export Council Logo

District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders from local communities, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region’s local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the 59 DECs that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts. – See more at:

BBB Military Line

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is not a government agency, but a nonprofit organization that consists of many independently incorporated local bureaus, spanning the entire nation. The organization serves as a go-between between consumers and businesses, collecting data and providing free reviews on more than four million businesses. In 2012, the BBB handled over one million disputes between consumers and businesses.

According to their website, the BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes their mission by:

  • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses
  • Setting standards for marketplace trust
  • Encouraging and supporting best practices
  • Celebrating marketplace role models
  • Denouncing substandard marketplace behavior

Since 2004, the more than 112 local BBB’s across the U.S. have participated in a program that provides free services to service members and military families. The program, called BBB Military Line, offers resources to military families, including consumer protection and lessons in financial literacy. The BBB’s Military Line is an extension of their stated mission that is specially geared to benefit the military community.


The BBB is always looking to add businesses to its list of members. If you, as a Veteran business owner, would like your business to become a member of the Better Business Bureau, begin by contacting your local BBB, which can be found on the organization’s website.

For more information about consumer protection, or affiliating your business with the BBB, please visit or search BBB Military Line.

By Debbie Gregory

Veterans have the ideal attributes necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. Their military experience, combined with the ability to lead, organize, prioritize, delegate and multi-task can be essential in running their own businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has found Veterans to be 45% more likely to start their own company than their civilian counterparts.

There are a lot Veteran entrepreneurs who choose to buy franchises. There are a number of deals available to Veterans through the SBA, the VA, and various Veteran organizations.  Additionally, many of the companies themselves with offer deals and discounts to Veterans. Many fast food restaurants, retail stores and service providers offer buy-ins to their companies at discounted prices for entrepreneurs with military service in their résumés.

But understandably, most Veterans want to work solely for themselves. In order to create a successful new business from the ground up, Veteran entrepreneurs need to find a way to do one of three things:

  • Provide an existing product or service at a higher quality than any competitor
  • Provide an existing product or service at a lower cost than any competitor,
  • Provide a product or service that no one else is offering in the area

Once a Veteran entrepreneur has decided if they want to open a franchise, or their own business, they should consider taking an educational path to achieving their mission of business ownership. A great way to do this is through their local SBA Veterans Outreach Centers (VBOC). Through the SBA’s Veteran Business Outreach Program, these VBOCs offer a variety of assistance and support to Veteran entrepreneurs.

The Centers will conduct entrepreneurial development workshops with Veterans, focusing on the the major points of self-employment. These workshops include tips on using the Internet to develop and expand your businesses. At these workshops, each Veteran will have the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

The VBOCs will also assist Veterans in calculating their entrepreneurial needs and requirements. Counselors will use this information to assist Veteran entrepreneurs with developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan can include such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business, equipment requirements and costs, strategic and financial plans and market research. The SBA’s Veteran Business Outreach Centers will even provide ongoing mentorship for Veteran entrepreneurs if needed.

So whether, you’re buying into a franchise, or starting your own business, be sure to see what the SBA, can provide for your entrepreneurial needs.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Utilizing Veteran Business Outreach Centers: By Debbie Gregory