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December 31st, 2008

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Launched on Veterans Day 2008, is the leading free, comprehensive, user-friendly directory of businesses owned by military veterans, active duty military, reservists and service disabled veterans of the United States Army, Air Force (USAF), Marines (USMC), Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USCG) and National Guard.

Americans in the United States and abroad have an easy way to proudly search for products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States military veterans!

More information about can be found by visiting or by calling our toll free number at (877) VOB-List. You can also like on Facebook at: and follow on Twitter at:

Is your business a Veteran Owned Business?  If so, get your company seen by government agencies, corporate purchasing departments, contractors, consumers and fellow veterans looking for your products and services. Click here to add your listing. It’s free!

Looking for more information about the Veteran Owned Business Directory?  Be sure to search through the Blog.  Here you will find important information on new Veteran Owned Business Directory member, site updates, future plans, news and other notable information and achievements including event information specifically for SDVOSBs and VOBs.

From one veteran owned business to another… thank you for your service to our country!

Brian K. St.Ours, Founder
The Free Directory Of Businesses Owned By U.S. Military Veterans

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A Salute to Military, VETERANS & Families – Loudoun County – 9/27/14

September 26th, 2014

Attention Veterans:

A Salute to Military, Veterans and Families' event flyer
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American Legion Posts of Loudoun County 

Presents: A Salute to Military, VETERANS & Families
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time:  10am to 2pm
Where: Stone Bridge High School Auditorium
Address: 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, Virginia

American Legion Post Seal

Local veterans, Charitable Organizations and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will be host the first ever Salute to Military, Veterans and Families.

Speakers and distinguished guests will include;  Allison Hickey Thomas Gorry, Bill Bryant, Paul Galanti, Gerald Rhoads, Dick Black, Scott York, Shawn Williams, Ralph Buona, Tony Howard,

 A performance by the world renowned Medical Music Group’s brass section directed by the gifted Lisa Eckstein will entertain during the event.

Following the formal program, attendees will be invited to visit with Veteran Service Organizations, including: Operation Homefront, Boulder Crest Retreat; Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes; Virginia Wounded Warrior Program;  the USO; Freedom Alliance; the Virginia Department of Veteran Services and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

 Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to meet and discuss VA benefits and their issues with Veteran Service Officers from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the Marine Corps League.

 All active duty military personnel, veterans, their families and the general public are invited to participate in a day of information and camaraderie.  Loudoun County residents and others throughout Northern Virginia and beyond are welcome to come out and thank our veterans for their service to our country.  Spread the word to the veterans in your own neighborhood and join them on 27 September.

For more information call

 James Linn (Home Information Officer)

Phone: 703-729-3417

Veteran Owned Business Project Welcomes Newest Sponsors – September 22, 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Veteran Owned Business is proud to welcome the following Enhanced Listing Sponsors to our free directory of business owned by United States Military Veterans (VOSB), Active Duty Military, Reservists and Service Disabled Veterans (SDVOSB):

logo (1)CertaPro Painters: New Orleans, LA 70130 (Orleans County) is a full service painting company – interior/exterior, residential and commercial. We are fully licensed and insured and can help you choose colors, textures, and finishes for your painting project. Down payment is not required and you pay only when you are fully satisfied with our performance. We offer CertaPro EZ Pay option plan (12 months / no interest / no payments).

loghit  (2)Blue Star Veterans Network: Bethesda, MD 20817 (Montgomery County) By Vets, For Vets.” Blue Star Veterans Network provides aging-in-place technologies and services to older veterans and their families, allowing them to live at home with dignity and independence. Sold via the web and 1-844-BLUESTAR, the technologies provide safety, health, and connection to the vet, and peace-of-mind to his or her adult children.

logo (1)40Triad Pool Company
Knoxville, TN 37932 (Knox County) designs, builds, and services in-ground gunite swimming pools. We also provide hardscape and landscape installation.

14th Annual Veterans Conference at The Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College

September 16th, 2014
Attention Veterans:
Event: 14th Annual Veterans Conference
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
 Location Details: King Center Rotunda
Address: 3865 N Wickham Road Melbourne FL 32935
Keynote speaker: Moses Harvin, President/CEO, American Services Technology, Inc. (ASTI)
Topic:  Maximizing Your Veteran-Owned Business Status
Various Community & veteran business resources, including the following topics and organizations:  Career Source – Hiring incentives, Veteran Small Business Programs, US Veteran Administration, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOSB) Verification; Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Success Story; Banking & Finance Panel, US Small Business Administration and more.  
Interaction with the following government agencies & Primes:  NASA Central Industry Assistance Office; Patrick AFB Small  Business Office, AFTAC Patrick AFB, Harris Corporation; Lockheed Martin and DRS Tactical.  
Registration: $50 includes breakfast, snack and materials
Sponsors:  Florida Today, Harris Corporation, ASTI, Eastern Florida State College and Craig Technologies 
For more information
Contact: Sandy Pfrimmer
Phone: 321-433-5570
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Please Take 2 Seconds To Vote For The Veteran Owned Business Project

September 10th, 2014

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Veteran Owned Business Project Newsletter
VOB is in the running for the Small Business Influencer Awards

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Details about the Veteran Owned Business Project and the Small Business Influencer Award:

Veteran Owned Business is a publisher of a comprehensive, user friendly directory of small, medium and large businesses owned by veterans and service disabled veterans released on Veteran’s Day 2008. Now Americans in the United States and abroad have an easy way to proudly search for products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States military veterans!

In a few short years, the Veteran Owned Business Project has acquired nearly 20,000 business members nationwide, as well as over a quarter million supporters.

Assisting small businesses of all types and sizes, Veteran Owned Business has helped many military veterans launch successful businesses, grow existing business, navigate government contracting, hire veteran employees and much more.

The Veteran Owned Business Project is also influential in advocating Veteran issues and supporting Veteran causes.

Twitter ID: @VeteranOwned



The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful.

Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. Many of the nominees are themselves small business owners, entrepreneurs or small businesses. The impact of the Awards goes well beyond nominees, however – the awards also encourage and excite the nominees’ employees. The Awards are intended to provide that added little boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results. Being nominated also distinguishes the nominee from competitors, and in that sense can lead to competitive advantage.

The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their third year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, with community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.

Thank you for your continued support of The Veteran Owned Business Project, Veteran Owned Businesses across the country, and the men and women who proudly served, or continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces!

Patriot Day 9/11/2014: A Day of Remembrance

September 10th, 2014

Patriot-Day-2014In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11th of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11th of each year as “Patriot Day”. President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4th, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President requests that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The National Memorial

In 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation launched an international competition to design a memorial at the World Trade Center site to commemorate the lives lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Individuals and teams from around the world contributed design proposals.

On November 19, 2003, the thirteen-member jury – which included Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and deputy mayor Patricia Harris – selected eight finalists. “Reflecting Absence” was chosen as the winning design on January 6, 2004. On January 14, 2004, the final design for the World Trade Center site memorial was revealed in a press conference at Federal Hall in New York.

Memorial Design

In January 2004, the design, Reflecting Absence, by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker was selected as the winner of the LMDC’s design competition that had 5,201 entrants from 63 nations.

Two pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States cascading down their sides are located within the footprints of the Twin Towers. Each pool is 1-acre (4,000 m2), and together they are intended to symbolize the loss of life and the physical void left by the terrorist attacks. The sound of the water falling is supposed to drown out the sounds of the city, making the site a contemplative sanctuary. Almost 400 sweet gum and swamp white oak trees fill the remaining 6 acres (24,000 m2) of the Memorial Plaza, furthering the reflective nature of the site.

In addition, cutting-edge pedestrian simulations were conducted to test the design of the memorial site. The pedestrian modeling software Legion was used to simulate how visitors would utilize the space, and the design was subsequently tweaked to prevent potential bottlenecks.

Arrangement of the Victims’ Names

The names of 2,983 victims are inscribed on 76 bronze plates attached to the parapet walls which form the edges of the Memorial pools. This includes the names of 2,977 victims who were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Pennsylvania, as well as the names of six victims who were killed in the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The names are arranged according to a process and algorithm which was used to create “meaningful adjacencies,” based on “relationship” details which include proximity at the time of the attacks, company or organization affiliations for those who worked at the World Trade Center or Pentagon, and approximately 1,200 requests from family members. Software developed by Local Projects was used to implement this arrangement.

As a result of this process, the names of the victims who were in the North Tower (WTC 1); passengers or crew of American Airlines Flight 11 (which hit the North Tower) and victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are located around the perimeter of the North Pool. The names of the victims who were in the South Tower (WTC 2); passengers or crew of United Airlines Flight 175 (which hit the South Tower); victims who were in the immediate vicinity of the Twin Towers; first responders who died during rescue operations; passengers or crew of United Airlines Flight 93 (which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania) and American Airlines Flight 77 (which hit the Pentagon); and the victims who were at the Pentagon are located around the perimeter of the South Pool. It was decided that the names of companies would not be included. However, company employees and their visitors are listed together. Passengers of the four flights are listed together under their flight numbers, and first responders are listed together with their units.

The process for arranging names was finalized in an agreement reached in 2006, and replaced an earlier plan to arrange the names randomly. According to Edith Lutnick (Executive Director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund), “your loved ones’ names are surrounded by the names of those they sat with, those they worked with, those they lived with and, very possibly, those they died with.”

Honoring the Victims: Moments of Silence

8:46am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

9:03am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower.

9:37am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

9:59am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

10:03am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when United Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

10:28am ET – Honoring those who lost their lives when the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.