Veteran Owned Business Directory (SDVOSBs / VOBs) Blog

December 31st, 2008

Welcome To The Veteran Owned Business Directory News Blog

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Launched on Veterans Day 2008, VeteranOwnedBusiness.com 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 VeteranOwnedBusiness.com can be found by visiting http://www.VeteranOwnedBusiness.com or by calling our toll free number at (877) VOB-List. You can also like VeteranOwnedBusiness.com on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/VeteranOwnedBusiness and follow VeteranOwnedBusiness.com on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/VeteranOwned.

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 VeteranOwnedBusiness.com 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
VeteranOwnedBusiness.com
The Free Directory Of Businesses Owned By U.S. Military Veterans

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Wishing Our Military Families, Veterans And Supporters A Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving from Veteran Owned Business!

Thanks to all our veterans, active duty military and military families for your sacrifice and duty to the greatest nation on this planet. It is because of our military heroes that the United States continues to be a beacon of light for hope and freedom around the globe!

As proud Americans, we all have many things to be thankful for: family, friends, a safe place to call home and—thanks to our brave service military members and families—a country that remains a beacon of hope and freedom for others around the world.

We at the Veteran Owned Business Project are thankful for many things. There’s one thing we are extremely thankful for and that is for YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. Thanks to supporters like you, we have reached out to millions of Americans and have grown from a single member to now over 20,000… and a single supporter to nearly 275,000! We are especially grateful to count you among our supporters.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… whatever your shopping pleasure (or pain), please keep a look out for businesses owned by veterans this Thanksgiving weekend. When you do come across one, please be sure to thank them for their service. We’d also appreciate a little plug to push them to sign up as a VOB member (it’s FREE).

From all of us at Veteran Owned Business, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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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 VeteranOwnedBusiness.com 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.

November 20th is the Great American Smokeout!

November 20th, 2014

Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier

Great American Smoke-Out!

If you smoke, this year breathe easier. Make a plan to quit for your health.

By Christina Beckerman, VA Office of Public Health
Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. If you smoke, this year breathe easier. Make a plan to quit for your health and to quit for good! The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and last a lifetime.

Here are some helpful tips and encouragement to help you kick your habit from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody, a clinical psychologist and smoking cessation specialist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California San Francisco. For the past several decades, Carmody has been helping Veterans quit smoking and stay quit.

You Can Do It!

As the old adage goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” For many Veterans, the idea of quitting smoking is overwhelming and mustering up the confidence to quit can be hard. It is often difficult to picture yourself successfully quitting, imagining a life without cigarettes, or dealing with cravings or other effects such as increased appetite and anxiety.

Be confident. You can quit and keep your confidence through every stage of the quit process.


Find Your Motivation and Support

Veterans quit for many different reasons – a spouse or partner, parents, friends or health. Many want to set a good example for children or grandchildren. Find your own motivation for quitting and lean on it through the quit process. Your motivation may also lend you support, such as family who can cheer you on or help lift you up. If you don’t have family or friends who can offer support, lean on your community, learn from former smokers or join a VA support group.

You May Relapse (and that’s OK)!

Throughout your journey to quit smoking, you may experience setbacks. In fact, most Veterans who successfully quit have relapsed at one point or another in the past. Your ultimate success in quitting will be built on the lessons learned from these setbacks. Do not get discouraged or feel like you have failed.

The only failure is to stop trying.

Get Complete Care

Veterans who smoke may also be in treatment for other health conditions such as mental health or substance use disorders. When seeking treatment for other health conditions, consider quitting smoking as part of your overall treatment or recovery.

Make a Quit Plan: VA Can Help!

Call 1-855-QUIT-VET to get started on your quit plan. Combine smoking cessation medication with counseling for the best chance of quitting. Talk with your health care provider about getting a prescription or recommendation for nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, patch, lozenge and other medications. VA offers counseling and several types of support:

  • One-on-one counseling by your primary health provider or a smoking cessation specialist.
  • Smoking cessation groups to help you provide and gain support from other Veterans navigating the quit process.
  • 1-855-QUIT-VET: VA’s smoking quitline that offers phone counseling in English or Spanish.
  • Text messaging support through SmokefreeVET and SmokefreeEspanol. Text the word VET to 47848 sign up.

Remember, it’s never too late to quit! Learn more about available smoking cessation resources.

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2014/November/Quit-Smoking-for-Your-Health-and-Breathe-Easier.asp#sthash.KrTw74Bo.dpuf


Veterans Health Administration: Thousands Sign Up for Dental Insurance

November 19th, 2014
VA Dental Insurance

VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

By Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 64,000 eligible Veterans and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) beneficiaries have taken advantage of the discounted dental insurance plans offered through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program is a partnership between VA, Delta Dental and MetLife.

VADIP, which launched Nov. 15, 2013, is a three-year pilot program designed for Veterans with no dental coverage and those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.

There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment. People interested in participating can complete an application online through either Delta Dental or MetLife. Coverage is available throughout the United States and its territories. The program provides another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

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“Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.

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94 Percent Plan to Renew Their Coverage


VA Dental Program Insurance

Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Enrollment in VADIP is voluntary. Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $11.67 to $63.48 per month for individual plans. Copayments and other charges may apply.

A recent survey of VADIP participants reflect overall satisfaction with the program is 80 percent; 93 percent would recommend the program and 94 percent plan to renew their coverage.

For more information on VADIP, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip or call Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.

Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2014/November/Thousands-Sign-Up-for-Dental-Insurance.asp#sthash.qbk3RpKG.dpuf


VOB IS Proud To Be A Drop Off Point For AVET’s Christmas Toys 4 Military Kids Drive

November 13th, 2014

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Veteran Owned Business Project National HQ is a Drop Off Point for the 2014 AVET “Christmas Toys 4 Military Kids” Drive

When: Now Through December 1st.

Where: Veteran Owned Business Project’s National HQ
1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 122
Melbourne, FL 32901

What: Unwrapped Toys for Military kids of ALL AGES
Babies to Teenagers

AVET Toys 4 Military Kids

Between now and December 1st, 2014 you can donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for our military kids by dropping them off at The Veteran Owned Business Project’s National Headquarters located in Downtown Melbourne, Florida.

Help spread some Christmas Cheer to our Military Families this year! Donate unwrapped toys for kids of ALL AGES (babies to teenagers) at the Veteran Owned Business Project’s National HQ in Downtown Melbourne. Can’t make it in person or shop for a toy, and want to help? You can always make a donation online at AVET Project’s Website, be sure to Note “Toys 4 Military Kids”.

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This Veteran Owned Business Event Public Service Announcement (PSA) was brought to you by Veteran Owned Business. Veteran Owned Business is in no way affiliated with the above organization(s). We do not in any way endorse the above business/organization or guarantee any offers made above.  VeteranOwnedBusiness.com and the Veteran Owned Business Directory are simply providing information we feel is of interest to veterans, active duty military, reservists, service disabled veterans, veteran owned businesses, service disabled veteran owned businesses, families of veterans, families of our armed forces and any other person or persons directly or indirectly involved with the United States military.

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 VeteranOwnedBusiness.com 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.

Veteran Owned Business Project Celebrates its Sixth Anniversary

November 10th, 2014
Veteran Owned Business Project's 6th Anniversary!

Thanks to all our veterans, active duty military and military families for your sacrifice and duty to the greatest nation on this planet. It is because of our military heroes that the United States continues to be a beacon of light for hope and freedom around the globe!

Happy Veterans Day!
And A Big “Thank You” For Your Continued Support!

We are very proud to announce the 6th Anniversary of the launch of the Veteran Owned Business Project!   It seems like it was only yesterday when we launched the Veteran Owned Business Project as an online communication tool and resource hub for veterans, active duty military, reservists, service disabled veterans and their respective military families.  As we enter our 7th year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our past and to send a very warm and heartfelt “thank you” to all our Veteran Owned Business Project members and to all our supporters.

Brief History of The Veteran Owned Business Project:

Veteran Owned Business (.com) got its start on Veteran’s Day 2008. VOB was created to provide veterans with useful information on business, marketing, contracting, financing, hiring and many other relevant topics.  Since its inception, the number of verified and approved Veteran Owned Business members has grown from just a handful to over 20,000 members.  We’ve had over 10,000,000 visitors to our Veteran Owned Business website viewing over 50,000,000 pages.  Facebook Fans are big supporters of the Veteran Owned Business Project.  As of Veterans Day 2014, our Facebook Supporter number is over 270,000 (that’s over 170,000 new supporters since last year).  We have received over 70,000 direct requests for VOBs/SDVOSBs that have come from government contractors, government procurement personnel, sub contractor and every day consumers.

We’ve received direct contact from some of our nation’s most respected companies including Dow Jones, AT&T, American Red Cross and Boeing just to name a few.  We have also been working closely with numerous government agencies to help our members grow their respective businesses including the Department of Homeland Security, The White House, NASA, Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  These agencies are just a small sampling of the government agencies and prime contractors looking to do business with VOBs and SDVOSBs.  It’s our pleasure to continue to share RFPs, RFIs, Intent to Bid and more with our members and supporters.

We have numerous things (both minor and major) planned for the future. Besides increasing the amount of visitors, pages viewed and sign ups, we have a plethora of updates that will help VOB continue to grow in a way that helps empower military veterans who own businesses to grow, hire fellow veterans and give back to military veteran organizations that directly impact the service men and women (and their respective families) who proudly serve(d) our great nation (read VOB’s Mission Statement).  We will provide additional details at a further date.

We would like to send out a very special “thank you” to everyone for your support and dedication in helping make the Veteran Owned Business Project and our community of veteran business owners such a huge, continued success.

We give thanks to all our veterans, active duty military and military families for your sacrifice and duty to the greatest nation on this planet. It is because of our military heroes that the United States continues to be a beacon of light for hope and freedom around the globe!

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“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”George Washington