Supplier Diversity Programs – How Can Veteran Enterprises Get Listed


Companies working on supplier diversity programs often only consider businesses owned by women or minority groups. What most of them miss on is veteran owned small businesses. In this article we discuss more about inclusion of veteran owned small businesses and service disabled veteran owned small business in supplier diversity programs.

One of the biggest reasons companies don’t hire veteran supplier is because they don’t know about any verification authority. Like for women owned small business there is Women’s Business Enterprise National Council that certifies that the majority of the business is owned by women. So, these are the kind of certifications that companies look for when including companies in their supplier diversity programs.

So, the big question that arises here is – what certification or verification should a veteran consider to get his business authenticated?

Veterans should consider these certifying organizations:

DVA logoCenter for Verification and Evaluation

Till September 2013, CVE was better known as Center for Veteran Enterprise. Part of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, CVE is the primary organization to get your business verified. CVE provides certification to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. CVE verification is necessary for businesses who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program.

logo_usbln_largeU.S. Business Leadership Network

USBLN initiated a program in January 2010 to certify business that are 51% or more owned, controlled, operated and managed by individuals with disability. The program also recognizes Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program has become one of the leading third party certifier for disability owned business enterprises. The program provides complete support to enterprises like information, resources and contract opportunities with both Government and Corporate America.

hdr_logoNational Veteran Owned Business Association

NaVOBA has recognizes all business owned and managed by veterans. They have a special term for veteran entrepreneurs – vetrepeneurs! NaVOBA recognizes the all kinds of business owned by veterans and provides full support to enterprises. They also have veteran business directory, which lets you search for business owned by veterans and filter the results as per your requirements.

I believe companies that adopt supplier diversity programs would benefit by tapping into the resources of these organizations. At the same time, veterans who have ventured into forming a business enterprise of their own should try to get their business with any of these organizations. This could not only help in getting government contracts but also get recognized by corporate America.

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