The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and JPMorgan Chase announced the 2018 Women Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year (WVBEOY) award recipients at the recent Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) Conference and Business Fair in Detroit, MI. The WVBEOY is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of women from the nation’s 3 million U.S. military veteran business owners.

Highlighting and supporting the success of veteran entrepreneurs is an important part of Global Supplier Diversity’s mission at JPMorgan Chase”, says Bill Kapfer, Global Head of Supplier Diversity. “We not only want to create opportunities for inclusion in our supply chain, but we also hope to connect business owners with one another, with certifying organizations like NaVOBA, and with other corporations”.

This year we were honored to recognize three exceptional women:

Barbara Myrick, B&M Construction, Inc.
Minority-Owned Business, Woman-Owned Business
Barbara Myrick is the principal of B&M Construction, a minority/veteran-owned company, specializing in; contracting services, general construction, electrical, furniture procurement, furniture installation and project management. Ms. Myrick has over twenty years of experience in all facets of construction management and has a proven track record for successful completion of multi-million dollar projects for both private and public sectors. She is well versed in design and blueprint review and analysis, preparation of construction documents, bidding, contract negotiations, material purchasing, site management, hiring and oversight of specialty trade contractors, quality control management and safety and compliance management.

Chelsea Derrah,  Derrah Morrison Enterprises, LLC (DME)
Chelsea Derrah is the CEO of DME, a certified woman, and service-disabled veteran-owned small business that currently distributes bulk copy paper, medical supplies and a variety of laboratory solutions to large corporations, state and local agencies, and the federal government. DME’s primary role as a sales intermediary is to bring added-value to the supply chain, while also allowing its customers to support their supplier diversity initiatives. DME’s market reach extends to Fortune-500 corporate customers like Office Depot-Max, as well as to VA hospitals, EMS and fire departments, military bases, and school districts.

Phyllis Newhouse, Xtreme Solutions Inc.
Retired Army Officer and Service-Disabled Veteran
Xtreme Solutions, founded in 2002, is an end-to-end IT services and solutions provider that offers services from IT professional services to state-of-the-art cybersecurity consulting and forensic analysis services. They employ the most certified ethical hackers of any company in the world. Phyllis’ vision was to bridge the gap between vendors and end users by combining technology with expert consulting services by working closely with security product manufacturers to thoroughly understand the solutions’ capabilities. Xtreme Solutions combines knowledge, experience and insight to help clients design and deploy the appropriate security products to optimize their network security.

About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals. It is the mission of NaVOBA to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education. NaVOBA provides a direct link between corporate America and veteran’s business enterprises, to improve business opportunities for VBEs of all sizes.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Ashleigh Freda
(724) 362-8622 ext. 103


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