NBIC & Federal Reserve Bank Main Street Lending Program Webinar

Join the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) collaborating partners and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for an informational webinar on the Main Street Lending Program to ensure your company is eligible and ready to apply before the deadline of September 30, 2020. NaVOBA is proud to partner with NBIC & Federal Reserve Bank Main Street Lending for this Webinar. Be sure to use the link to register. Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 1:30-3pm EDT Read more…

Lowe’s More Than Doubles Small Business Grant Program to $55 Million, Expands Minority Grant Offering and Extends Reach to Rural Communities

Home improvement retailer increases its minority grant program by $5 million to $30 million and focuses additional $25 million donation on rural, hard-hit communities nationwide; pilots drive-in movie program at select stores to benefit local small business relief efforts MOORESVILLE, N.C. – In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is announcing it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while Read more…

PGA of America Offers Vendor Inclusion Opportunities at 2021 PGA Championship

PGA VendorMatch for next year’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is open for applications through July 31 at PGAVendorInclusion.org PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 8, 2020) – The PGA of America is encouraging diverse and locally owned vendors to provide sourcing in support of the 2021 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Minority-, women-, LGBT-, disabled-, Veteran-, and locally-owned businesses are Read more…

REGISTER NOW FOR VIRTUAL VETS’20

Our friends at VETS’20 turned their conference virtual! The Virtual Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium is a 13-part, one-hour* webinar series which will be held every Tuesday at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST starting on July 7 and ending on September 29, 2020. The webinars will feature speakers from senior-level acquisition leaders, professionals from the services industry and experts within the federal marketplace. Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Michael E. Wooten, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office Read more…

NaVOBA Celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It Read more…

Lowe’s and LISC come together to support minority small businesses through $5 million in grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grants are the first in a series of efforts as part of Lowe’s $25 million community commitment to help minority-, veteran- and women-owned small businesses reopen and stay open. NEW YORK (June 10, 2020)— Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced $5 million of its previously announced donation will be distributed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development organization, to help minority-, women- and veteran-led, small businesses Read more…

We All Need to Stand Together

Dear NaVOBA Corporate Allies and Certified VBEs/SDVBEs, As I write you today, our hearts are heavy with the death of George Floyd, the many others his death has come to represent and the ongoing strife and unrest in our communities. These tragic and senseless deaths have elevated the urgent need for our nation to address the challenge and obstacles placed in the way of success for diverse businesses – and most immediately those of our Read more…

Our Founding Partner and 3 Star Corporate Ally, Lowe’s announces $4.5 million to help provide access to safe homes and job resources

MOORESVILLE, N.C., May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced a 2020 commitment of more than $4.5 million to military organizations that promote workforce development, support affordable housing for veterans and provide COVID-19 relief to first responders, as well as Memorial Day tributes in stores nationwide. For the second year, Lowe’s stores will commemorate Memorial Day by reserving and decorating one parking space at each store to honor the fallen. Stores will also participate Read more…

We need your input to build the largest national study of military-affiliated entrepreneurship insights

With support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is launching a multi-year study of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs. The National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs is designed to address critical gaps in our understanding of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs and the supporting mechanisms needed to best serve them throughout the entrepreneurial journey. The National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs is designed to capture the motivations, challenges, and barriers for all military-affiliated Read more…

VBE Spotlight On: Becker Digital

Becker Digital was established in 2015 in Pace, Florida by Jeremy Becker. Becker served in the US Army National Guard 2008-2014; US Army Reserves 2014-2016. He earned: Bronze Star, 2x Army Achievement Medal. I was a Route Clearance Platoon Leader in Afghanistan with a Combat Engineer unit. Since transitioning from the military he has opened his own business, Becker Digital. Becker Digital provides advertising, brand development, communications, graphic design, influencer marketing, marketing strategy, media management, Read more…