Veteran Owned Business Directory (SDVOSBs / VOBs) Blog

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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Please Take 2 Seconds To Vote For The Veteran Owned Business Project

September 10th, 2014

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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.

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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.

Flag at Half-Staff Alert – Patriot Day – Thursday, September 11th

September 8th, 2014

US Flags at Half-StaffIn accordance with Public Law 107-89, the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation (per the requirements of Flag Code section 7(m)) for the United States Flag to be displayed at half-staff for the day on Patriot Day, Thursday, September 11.

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

September 4th, 2014


One small act can make a difference

Throughout the history of our great nation, Veterans have made the commitment to protect our country, serving and sacrificing for what matters most. Whether they just came home or completed their service many years ago, their experiences and sacrifices have an impact on their lives. And what you and others say or do matters: Sometimes, one person taking one small step can help a Veteran reach out for support.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs encourages groups and individuals nationwide to help spread the word about the Veterans Crisis Line, a free, confidential resource that Veterans and their families and friends can access any day, anytime.

VeteransCrisisLine-h300-w250-7If a Veteran you know shows signs of crisis, such as hopelessness, anxiety, or withdrawal, call on the trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

There are many simple actions we can take to help Veterans access the care they deserve and have earned. Visit the Veterans Crisis Line online to learn how you can help.

Just one small act can make the difference. Spread the word about the Veterans Crisis Line. It matters.

10th Annual Harvest Fest To Benefit The BackStoppers and Focus Marines Foundation

September 4th, 2014
10th Annual Harvest Fest

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Christian Embassy Church is hosting its 10th Annual Harvest Fest on September 20, 2014. Harvest Fest is a fundraiser for charity and this year our beneficiaries are The BackStoppers, Inc. ( and Focus Marines Foundation ( The festival generally draws hundreds and sometimes thousands of festival goers. The location is quite beautiful and is located in Black Jack. The scenery is 36 acres including 2 lakes. There will be live music, food, paddleboat rides, fishing, games, bounce houses and hopefully YOU.

Thank You!

The BackStoppers, Inc. is a unique organization which assists the families of injured and fallen Police, Firefighters and EMS. They help in many ways from education expenses to medical bills, to housing expenses to name just a few. This is second Harvest Fest within the 10 years of giving where the BackStoppers have been a beneficiary.

The other beneficiary organization is Focus Marines Foundation. Similar to BackStoppers, Focus Marines Foundation is primarily available for the “Wounded Warrior”. As some may know, but most truly don’t, our American Soldiers return home to the U.S.A. physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually damaged and injured. Focus Marines Foundation provides transportation by any means for hundreds of Marines and members of other military branches to the headquarters in Augusta, Missouri. They give them F.O.C.U.S., hope, a support system, job search training physical needs and much, much more. In the beginning stages of planning Harvest Fest 2014, we asked the City of Black Jack and the St. Louis County Police for suggestions of a co-beneficiary for the festival proceeds. They delivered Focus Marines Foundation and we are so grateful. Tom Ilges of Focus Marines Foundation visited our church for our annual picnic and said he was truly honored to be with us. To reach Tom, feel free to give him a call or send him an email. This already has the makings of a fantastic relationship. Tom Ilges 314-220-1038 or

Here’s Where You Can Help!

Christian Embassy ChurchWe would like your presence. There is no better way to show support than to join us in person. Most of the money raise for our beneficiaries comes from food sales, donations and ticket sales for rides and games. Our ability to be a blessing to several worthy organizations over the years has only been possible through the generosity of the community at large. We understand some of you aren’t considered close to St. Louis but we’ve come to learn, we are all a community and especially in these trying times in communities across our state and nation, unity just plain seems necessary. Perhaps you would like to be a vendor at Harvest Fest to show support and to sell your products/services. The vendor information is on our website.

Of course many of you will not be able to attend. Perhaps you’re working, maybe because of distance and maybe you have other obligations. This is not a ploy for your money, but if you desire, we are hoping you will be able to assist financially if you aren’t available to attend. For a closer look at Harvest Fest 2014 including its history and organizations we have benefited in the past, please visit

Donations can be mailed to and made out to:

Christian Embassy Church
13775 Old Jamestown Rd.
Black Jack, MO 63033

All proceeds will benefit the two beneficiaries equally.

For questions or concerns contact:
Terrence Lyles
Coordinator for Harvest Fest 2014
314-600-0193 or

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If your business is (or you know of another business) owned by a veteran (VOB), active duty military, reservist, service disabled  veteran (SDVOSB) or military spouse of the United States, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard or National Guard, please be sure to visit the sign up page to get your free listing.

The objective of our FREE Veteran Owned Business Directory is to continue to offer a growing list of products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all owned by, sold by and/or serviced by past and present military members.