by Keith King
For the last three years we have been working on creating the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), a new Veteran Business Certification program to help Veteran Business Owners share in the Supplier Diversity spend of Corporate America. We have been blessed to have a great group of people join us to make this program work. Our team consists of Veteran and non-Veteran Business leaders who share the same passion to help our Veterans succeed.
The bottom line is that the Minority and Women Owned businesses have been very successful in working with Corporate America and participating in their purchasing process for almost 40 years. Since 1999 – when the Federal Government established the Veteran and Disabled Veteran Business classification – Veteran businesses have had almost no participation with Corporate spend. The single most cited reason is a lack of a Certification program that is acceptable to them. Well, with the hard work of our dedicated Officers and Board members, we have created the certification program that Corporate America has accepted.
We believe that our certification program is an opportunity that will benefit every Veteran Business Owner by giving them the certification they need to do business with the leading corporations in America!
The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) is the certification 501c-3 non-profit organization for Veteran Owned (VOB’s) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB’s) that will effectively share in the supplier diversity spend of Corporate America.
We are pleased to announce that Corporate America is supporting the NVBDC certification program and have the written letters of support from GM, Kellogg’s, AT&T, Consumers Energy, Ford, JPMorgan Chase, Freddie Mac, Kroger, 3M, Magna, Delphi, CBRE, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and many others to back up our claim. We are also working with the Federal Reserve and other government agencies to reach agreement on supporting the NVBDC efforts.
Please go to www.nvbdc.org to review our process and requirements.
Keith King, President
U.S. Army 1969-1971 Disabled Vietnam Veteran
Keith is a regular contributor to VLM.