from Highland Community News
Rep. Cook Votes to Support Disabled Veteran Business Owners
WASHINGTON- This week, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 4326, the Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016. This bill passed the House with overwhelming support.
For forty years, the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) have existed within federal agencies to ensure that small businesses are able to compete for federal contracts. H.R. 4326 ensures that these offices expand their services to provide assistance to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones). Additionally, this bill gives the OSDBU access to data that will allow them to better detect abuse of government credit cards. HUBZones and the SDVOSB are new programs, created after the law establishing the OSDBU. This bill will ensure that veterans and businesses in struggling communities get the help they need to succeed.
from Central Valley Business Times
California not a golden state for military retirees
• But it does offer more VA medical facilities
• Homelessness, cost of housing and other factors drag state down
For those approaching retirement from jobs in the military, California has one thing going for it: More Veterans Administration healthcare facilities per 10,000 veterans than all but New York state, according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub, a unit of Evolution Finance Inc., of Washington, D.C.
But that’s not enough to keep California from sinking to a middling 33rd overall out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the study.
California is faulted for having the second-highest percentage of homeless veterans (only the District of Columbia has a higher percentage per number of veterans); the 48th worst for job opportunities for veterans; the 49th worst for cost of housing; and the 49th worst when it comes to veteran-owned businesses per 1,000 residents.
Mangano: Nassau To Enhance Business Opportunities For Disabled Veterans
Nassau County, NY – April 25, 2016 – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams and County Legislators today announced a new local law to create the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Program to help ensure service disabled veterans play a greater role in providing goods and services to Nassau County residents. The program provides service-disabled veterans additional assistance and support in forming and expanding small businesses by ensuring greater participation in contracting opportunities with Nassau County.
State Senate supports veteran-owned businesses
from Greenich Time (Connecticut)
By Ken Dixon
HARTFORD — Veteran-owned businesses would get a 15 percent preference on bidding for state contracts under legislation unanimously approved Wednesday in the state Senate.
The bill, which passed 35-0, next heads to the House, and would help so-called micro-businesses with annual revenue under $3 million, if the companies are at least 51 percent veteran-owned. In the bidding process, such a business could win contracts over companies with lower bids, because of the added preference.
Connecticut is moving closer toward giving a preference to veteran-owned small businesses that bid on state contracts
HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut is moving closer toward giving a preference to veteran-owned small businesses that want to bid on state contracts.
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of legislation that would provide a 15 percent price preference to the microbusinesses, which are defined as generating less than $3 million in revenue annually.
STEELE, N.D. — Choosing between going to the Veterans Affairs medical center, a VA community-based outpatient clinic or getting private care should be the goal of a veterans’ health care plan, said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at the 35th annual AMVETS convention Saturday in Steele.
City tries to crush veteran-owned small business (Video)
Joey Vanoni and Nikki McGowan are Baltimore-area mobile vending entrepreneurs. Joey is a Navy veteran and the owner of Pizza di Joey, a New York-style brick oven pizza food truck. The truck gives Joey the opportunity to not only serve delicious slices, but to also hire his fellow veterans. Nikki is the owner of Madame BBQ, a barbeque food truck that allows Nikki to share her love of cooking with Baltimore’s diverse communities.
Joey and Nikki are precisely the type of hardworking entrepreneurs that the Charm City should encourage. Instead, Baltimore has made it nearly impossible for mobile vendors like Joey and Nikki to succeed.
Since 2014, mobile vendors have been banned from operating within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that sells the same type of food, merchandise or service—including restaurants, cafes and convenience or clothing stores. Vendors that do face $500 in fines for each violation and can have their vendor’s license revoked.
VLM Stone 5/23/2016