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Forbes list of best employers for veterans in 2020

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Companies now “get it” and realize the value that Veterans bring to the their companies.  This has increased their recruitment offers for Veterans.  Recruiting Veterans also hits many of the boxes for Diversity and Inclusion.   As a result the jobless rate for Veterans has decreased significantly, less than half from 6.6 percent in 2013 to 3.1 percent in 2019 (pre-Covid).

We think that this list might be an asset to Veteran Small Business Owners that more often than not, hire Veterans when they are looking to add employees.

Forbes in partnership with the market research firm, Statista surveyed more than 5,000 United States Veterans who served including National Guard and Reserves.  All of those survey work either full or part time for over 1,000 employers.   The survey was conducted from March, 2020 to June June, 2020.  It asked respondents to evaluate their employers’ working conditions and approach to diversity and inclusion as well as whether their environment is veteran-friendly.  Below is a list of the Best Employers.   On a personal note, a company in my own county, Harbor Freight Tools in Camarillo, California (located in Ventura county) came in first.

Some additional factors to consider in this survey are that men outnumbered women in Forbes’ survey, a reflection of the predominance of men in the armed forces, and a substantial percentage of respondents, 40%, held upper management positions. Some 8% of veterans said they worked in the aerospace and defense industry, compared to 2.7% of respondents for Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s Best Employers.

On a personal note, I want to add a few companies that I personally know values, hires, and invests in Veteran Employees.  Johnson and Johnson not only hire Veterans but has an entire department to provide resources as does Dell Technologies.   VAMBOA salutes all these Veteran Friendly companies.

Below is the Forbes full list of the 150 Best Employers for Veterans:

AMERICA’S BEST EMPLOYERS FOR VETERANS 2020 LIST

Rank Name  
1 Harbor Freight Tools  
2 Northeastern University  
3 Procter & Gamble  
4 Fidelity Investments  
5 Booz Allen Hamilton  
6 United Services Automobile Association (USAA)  
7 O’Reilly Auto Parts  
8 VMware  
9 Edward Jones    
10 Xcel Energy    
11 Southwest Airlines    
12 1st Source Bank    
13 Publix Super Markets    
14 CACI International    
15 Vanguard    
16 Texas Roadhouse    
17 Janney    
18 Abbott Laboratories    
19 H-E-B    
20 Froedtert Health    
21 Department of the Treasury    
22 Intel    
23 Methodist Health System (Nebraska)    
24 TTEC    
25 Citigroup    
Rank Name    
   
26 Social Security Administration    
27 American International Group    
28 Burns & McDonnell Engineering    
29 Cass Information Systems    
30 BAE Systems    
31 Lockheed Martin    
32 Michelin Group      
33 Apple      
34 Re/Max      
35 Department of the Interior      
36 Choice Hotels International      
37 Coldwell Banker      
38 Lee Memorial Health System      
39 NTT Data      
40 TD Bank      
41 Henry Ford Health System      
42 American Tower      
43 Brunswick      
44 Bank of America      
45 Ball      
46 NASA      
47 State of Arkansas      
48 Avera      
49 SpaceX      
50 CDW      
Rank Name      
     
51 State Farm      
52 Boeing      
53 OhioHealth      
54 Southern Company      
55 Delta Air Lines      
56 Humana      
57 Sutter Health      
58 Hartford HealthCare      
59 DaVita      
60 Jeld-Wen Holding      
61 Affiliated Managers Group      
62 Insight Enterprises      
63 Fidelity National Financial      
64 Hilton      
65 Intercontinental Hotels Group      
66 Canon      
67 Saia      
68 Accenture      
69 AutoZone      
70 24 Hour Home Care      
71 Western Governors University      
72 Salvation Army      
73 Prudential Financial      
74 Ameriprise Financial      
75 Ochsner Health System      
Rank Name      
     
76 Samsung Electronics      
77 Smithfield Foods      
78 University of Alabama      
79 Walt Disney      
80 Tesla      
81 Home Depot      
82 Ford Motor      
83 Deloitte      
84 PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric)      
85 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services      
86 Microsoft      
87 PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group)      
88 Truist Financial      
89 Autodesk      
90 First Financial Bank      
91 Amazon      
92 DHS – Department of Homeland Security      
93 UCHealth      
94 Ally Financial      
95 SAIC      
96 Huntington Ingalls Industries      
97 JetBlue Airways      
98 Cisco Systems      
99 U.S. Courts      
100 Camping World Holdings      
Rank Name      
     
101 Zurich Insurance Group      
102 Nike      
103 Mercy Healthcare & Social    
104 BASF Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and Chemicals

   
105 Goodyear Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

   
106 Sherwin-Williams Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and Chemicals

   
107 Northrop Grumman Aerospace & Defense    
108 American Systems IT, Internet, Software &

Services

   
109 Nissan Motor Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

   
110 Des Moines Public Schools Education    
111 National Grid USA Utilities    
112 U.S. Department of Justice Government Services    
113 Google IT, Internet, Software &

Services

   
114 ExxonMobil Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and

Chemicals

   
115 United Airlines Transportation and

Logistics

   
116 DCH Health System Healthcare & Social    
117 HSBC Holdings Banking and Financial

Services

   
118 IBM IT, Internet, Software & Services    
119 Osceola County Government Services    
120 Loews Hotels Travel & Leisure    
121 Becton Dickinson Health Care Equipment &

Services

   
122 General Dynamics Aerospace & Defense    
123 Aerojet Rocketdyne Aerospace & Defense    
124 DTE Energy Utilities    
125 Jacobs Technology Solutions

Provider

   
Rank Name Industries    
   
126 Waste Management Utilities    
127 Marriott International Travel & Leisure    
128 Wyndham Destinations Travel & Leisure    
129 L3Harris Technologies Aerospace & Defense    
130 Lennar Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and

Chemicals

   
131 PNC Financial Services Banking and Financial

Services

   
132 Advocate Health Care Healthcare & Social    
133 Saputo Cheese Food, Soft Beverages,

Alcohol & Tobacco

   
134 3M Packaged Goods    
135 Ascension Healthcare & Social    
136 Mohawk Industries Engineering,

Manufacturing

   
137 JPMorgan Chase Banking and Financial

Services

   
138 Apollo Retail Business Services &

Supplies

   
139 Designer Brands Clothing, Shoes, Sports

Equipment

   
140 School District of Osceola County Education    
141 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Education    
142 Roche Holding Drugs & Biotechnology    
143 NextEra Energy Utilities    
144 National Vision Hldgs Health Care Equipment &

Services

   
145 Accounting Principals Professional Services    
146 General Motors Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

   
147 Caterpillar Engineering, Manufacturing    
148 Navy Federal Credit Union Banking and Financial

Services

   
149 Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Government Services    
150 Bosch Engineering,

Manufacturing

   

 

 

Increasing Your Business

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By Debbie Gregory.

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To grow your Small Veteran Owned Business, you must get out the word and grow your business to new potential customers.   This means you need to focus on marketing and more marketing.   This article will help you evaluate ways to attract new customers to your business and retain and engage your current customers.   There are a multitude of marketing channels available today and one or all of them might be a good fit for your business.

Email Marketing:

Email marketing is both effective and an inexpensive way to reach new and existing clients.   It requires a solid list of contacts and engaging content.   The content can tell your story and include special discounts, coupons, tips, and important information that concerns your market.

Work on building a list of contacts by capturing the email addresses of your clients, referrals, and business colleagues.   You can build this list from asking customers to fill out or register on your website or blog, live and industry event and subscriptions.   It makes sense to offer those that register value too.  Keep those on your list engaged by sending them emails regularly with a concise and strong subject line or call to action that tells those receiving your email your message.   Always include something of value in your message such as valuable information or discounts.

There are excellent email services available that are fairly cost effective to assist you.   These services will help you design, compose with content, and deploy your emails.  Additionally, they will help you manage your contact lists and view the results of your emails to learn what works best. Some of most popular services include iContact, Constant Contact, MailChimp, AWeber and GetResponse to name a few.

Direct Mail:

Direct Mail should be included on the list although it can be much more costly than email marketing.  Direct mail includes catalogs, postcards, flyers and can help build the identity of your brand and business.  Printed materials are something more tangible and will get attention since as they are mailed.  You will need the snail mail addresses of your customers and potential customers.  You can use your own list and/or supplement it by renting a list from a direct mail vendor.

Social Media:

Social media is an excellent way to truly engage your customers and potential customers as well as learn their preferences. There are five major social media platform and they include:

  • Facebook that has over one billion users and allows you to post, invite and use targeted ads. Many feel that Facebook can provide the biggest bang or return on investment.
  • Twitter is a huge platform that allows you to share ideas, information, and insights concisely with a limit of 140 characters.
  • LinkedIn is a professional networking site that enables you to connect with other businesspeople and post insights and join like-minded professional online groups that will increase the reach of your business.
  • Instagram is visual and you can share images, photos, and videos to showcase your product line and/or service.
  • Blogging is an effective way to tell the story of your business and share your products and expertise.

It does not matter if you use one or all of them.  It is important to post regularly, respond to comments, complaints, and inquiries and really listen to what prospects are telling you online.

Advertising:

This is one of the most effective methods to let potential customers know about your business.   It can be expensive, so it is imperative to plan carefully and identify your target market to time and place ads in the best venues for your needs.  Place ads where your customers go for information on the products and services that you offer.  Print ads are very expensive, and you may wish to consider digital ads that are much less costly and reach a larger audience.  Some options for digital advertising include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and pay-per-click ads.

Some free advertising to consider and claim are online directories including Yelp and Google Plus. These reach a huge audience and the best part is they are free so be sure to complete your business profile and ask satisfied clients to post positive reviews.

COVID-19 Impact & USERRA

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SHARING FROM THE U.S. Department of Labor / Published April 21, 2020

During these challenging times, our nation’s Guardsmen and Reservists are answering the call to duty to protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We owe a duty to them to ensure full compliance with the employment and reemployment rights of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)

The Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS) interprets and provides guidance on USERRA and investigates complaints filed under this law. VETS offers the following frequently asked questions and answers:

Does this fact sheet create new USERRA rights and obligations in light of COVID-19?

No. The statute and regulations still govern USERRA rights and obligations. This factsheet addresses some scenarios that might arise from the application of USERRA in the context of this pandemic.

Does a member of the National Guard or Reserves who is called to active duty in response to the COVID-19 emergency have employment and reemployment protections under USERRA?
  • Yes, if called to duty under federal authority. National Guard or Reserve duty under federal authority (such as Title 10 or Title 32) is covered by USERRA.
    • National Guard duty under state authority, commonly referred to as State Active Duty, is not covered under USERRA. However, members of the National Guard serving on State Active Duty may have similar employment protections under state law and should contact the appropriate state office for assistance.
    • Note that the authority under which orders are issued can change, even in the course of a service member’s performance of service.
Can a service member be furloughed or laid off upon return from uniformed service?
  • Yes, if it is reasonably certain that he or she would have been furloughed or laid off had he or she not been absent for uniformed service.
May an employer delay a service member’s reemployment out of concern that the service member’s service in a COVID-19 affected area may have exposed him or her to COVID-19?
  • No. If the employee satisfies the prerequisites to reemployment, the employee should be promptly reemployed in the job position that he or she would have attained with reasonable certainty if not for the absence due to uniformed service.
    • Promptness generally depends on the length of time an individual was away, ranging from the next day after returning from duty, if the deployment was relatively short, to up to fourteen days in the case of a multi-year deployment.
    • When reemploying a service member who might have been exposed to COVID-19, an employer must make reasonable efforts in order to qualify the returning employee for his or her proper reemployment position. This can include temporarily providing paid leave, remote work, or another position during a period of quarantine for an exposed reemployed service member or COVID-19 infected reemployed service member, before reemploying the individual into his or her proper reemployment position.
Where to Obtain Additional Information:

Important USERRA-related resources and compliance assistance materials for employees and employers are available through the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service website at www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/userra, which contains a USERRA elaws Advisor, FAQs, fact sheets, and links to the statute and implementing regulations. Our toll-free information and helpline, available 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). The Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also provides resources available at www.esgr.mil.

U.S. Department of Labor                             1-866-4-USA-DOL
200 Constitution Ave NW                              TTY: 1-877-TTY-5627
Washington, DC 20210

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VAMBOA and our team hopes that you have enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on Business Grants for Veterans and found it to be valuable.   Please let us know what you think because we value your input.  You can email us at info@vamboa.org.

 

Once you have your funding secured, either by grant or loan, you may still need some other business assistance. Below you can find some excellent resources for your Small Veteran Owned Business to utilize to start, learn, nurture, and grow your small business:

  • Boots to Business is a two-step program offered by the Small Business Administration (the SBA) offered on military installations around the world to introduce service members to entrepreneurship and the foundations needed to begin a business when they return home.
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)is a free program for post-9/11 vets and their spouses.
  • Patriot Boot Camp is a branch of the startup incubator: TechStars and is specifically for active duty military members and their spouses who want to gain entrepreneurial skills.
  • Service-Disabled Entrepreneurship Development Training Program offers between $50,000 and $150,000 as a grant to support organizations that deliver entrepreneurship training program(s) to service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs who want to become small business owners or who currently own a small business.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several veteran entrepreneurship training programs.
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is an SBA-funded program that offers online training, a conference and mentorship specifically to female veterans.
  • Veterans Business Services helps veterans acquire or start small business. Veteran Business Services offers assistance with franchising, marketing and with connecting you with financial services.
  • Veterans Business Resource Center offers business training for Veterans including help with understanding business plans, financials, marketing, sales, human resource management, and more. They also offer webinars and professional counseling.
  • Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP)is an accelerator program with three specific offerings specifically designed for owners, principals, and C‐level executives of Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses SDVOSB).  Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP) Grow helps companies develop overall strategies to operate and expand within the federal marketplace. VIP Start helps companies that want to get into the federal market and become procurement-ready. VIP International is for companies that want to enter or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas.
  • VetsInTechis a private sector training program that offers tech related education opportunities, connections with tech jobs and workshops and bootcamps to help veteran startup founders boost and grow their businesses.

 

A Little About VAMBOA

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VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association is your non-profit trade association.  There are other associations out there for Veterans and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) that also address some of the needs of population.  We are a little different than other associations.

As the CEO of VAMBOA, I’d like to explain how we are different and some of what we offer so that Veteran and Military Business Owners may gain the most benefit from VAMBOA.

VAMBOA’s focus is to provide those we serve with as much valuable information and as many resources as possible.  We also want to make it easy for you to access it. We are highly cognizant of the fact that small business owners have limited time and must use it wisely.

It is not possible to attend all the conferences that will yield helpful and provide you valuable resources and also be away from your business.  Additionally, it can be very expensive and not only in the time away from your business, but the cost of travel, hotels, meals, conference fees.  More importantly, you can lose or compromise business by not being there to work with clients, prospects and your team.  Small business owners wear many hats and operating a successful business requires you to be engaged and there more often than not.

VAMBOA has evolved and in a few words has become the “Go To Place” for Veterans, Service Disabled and Military Business Owners to obtain resources and do so online.  We work hard to provide you significant value on a regular basis.

VAMBOA’s team performs extensive research in all areas of business that are important to you.  We write, edit, and post online on our blog a minimum of three important articles weekly to keep you informed without you having to leave your seat or your office.

VAMBOA has over 7,200 registered members and an extensive database of other Veteran, Service Disabled and Military Business Owners.  We are approaching a quarter of a million combined fans and followers on social media.  We regularly use various social medium platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In to put forth important information for you.

VAMBOA also connects our members with corporations that are seeking a diverse network of suppliers that includes Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans and Military business owners.   We put forth their needs to our membership and contact individual members in the areas they seek for their Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Information (RFIs), to work with them and more.  We follow up and help you gain their business.

VAMBOA does not charge our members and all of services and connections are free of charge to you without dues or fees.  We also do not send you endless emails trying to sell you products or services.  VAMBOA relies solely on corporate sponsorship.   Corporations that sponsor us can easily connect to our huge audience.   They too don’t have to leave their offices and work to accomplish this goal nor do we go back to them over and over to sponsor various events.   We keep it simple and provide considerable value.

We place their corporate outreach to our members front and center in a variety of ways and repeat their message to engage and accomplish their goals.  We use the power of our huge database and the Internet including direct outreach, exposure on the VAMBOA website, emails, newsletters, social media posts and articles.  VAMBOA has impressive traffic with an outstanding US Alexa Traffic ranking of under 17,000 of all the billions of websites on the Internet (with Alexa the lower the number the better with Google being #1).

VAMBOA invites Veteran, Service-Disabled and Military Business Owners to join our association so your business can connect to companies that seek your skills and diversity.

You can register here: https://vamboa.org/member-registration/

VAMBOA also invites corporations that recognize the Veteran Business Owners are awesome and want to connect with them in an easy, efficient and cost-effective way to become sponsors.  Please send us an EMAIL!

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