May 3, 2018
USBLN And VIB Network Announce Partnership Agreement to Benefit Veteran Business Owners

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The Disability:IN and the Veterans in Business (VIB) Network are proud and excited to announce a new partnership agreement that will enhance the business opportunities and professional development of veteran-disability owned businesses and service-disability veteran owned businesses. Both organizations recognize the impact veterans have on the American economy, and are eager to help with their growth and success.

The VIB Network is a non-profit organization that advocates for all veteran businesses, including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs). They understand the need for connecting veterans to business resources and contract opportunities, and strive to build connections between veteran businesses, major corporations and government agencies. They also provide resources, educational workshops, and outreach opportunities to help streamline the process.

The accomplishment of veteran entrepreneurs is remarkable. U.S. veterans own 2.5 million businesses and employ as many as 5.8 million people. That equates to $210 billion in annual payroll and $1.2 trillion in sales. The Disability:IN and the VIB Network share an interest to enhance the business opportunities of those veterans. Through this partnership, both organizations will be better able to achieve that common goal by proving distinct benefits to its members.

The USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) is the leading third-party certifier of disability-owned businesses. This nationally recognized program offers three different certifications: Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Certification, Veteran-DOBE (V-DOBE) Certification, and Service-Disabled Veteran-DOBE (SDV-DOBE) Certification. A Disability-Owned Business Enterprise Certification (DOBE) is available to any business at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a person with a disability. The Veteran-DOBE Certification (V-DOBE) is available to a business enterprise owned by a veteran with a disability, not related to their time in service. The Service-Disabled Veteran-DOBE Certification (SDV-DOBE) is available to a business enterprise owned by a veteran with a disability, whose disability was caused by their time in service.

By collaborating in such a manner, the Disability:IN and the VIB Network will create increased opportunities for their members. They will also continue to respectively advocate for disability inclusion and equality, and provide education, training, outreach and support for veterans in business. Visit usbln.org for more information about the Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP), and the VIB Network for more information about helping veterans in business grow and success.


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