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American Veteran Owned Business Association Member News

Lowe's Military Discount

Lowe’s Expands Support of The Military With Enhanced Discount

Honors U.S. Military Past and Present with 10 Percent (10%) Off Every Day for In-Store and Online Purchases

Lowe's Expands Support of The Military With Enhanced DiscountMOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced today it will expand its military discount program by offering 10 percent off personal purchases every day to current and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The new program uses a MyLowes card for quick identification, is available both in U.S. stores and on Lowes.com and offers easy online enrollment. The discount is effective immediately.

“Lowe’s was founded by Carl Buchan, an Army veteran who wanted to make home building and home improvement affordable for returning GIs and their families,” said Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and CEO. “The values and leadership instilled through his military service formed the foundation of our company. Enhancing our discount program honors his memory and the commitment servicemen and women and their families make to our country.”

Lowe’s has offered discounts to veterans and military servicemen and women for more than a decade. Current and former servicemen and women can follow these easy steps to enroll in the discount program:
Visit Lowes.com/military and complete a short personal profile. Check the box to receive a free MyLowes card.



After the one-time enrollment, U.S. military customers can present their MyLowes card at the store cash register, scan their card at self-checkout or sign in to their account at Lowes.com and receive the discount. In addition to simple checkout in stores and online shopping, the MyLowes card offers free parcel shipping for purchases ordered online with no required minimum purchase. For additional details about the discount, visit Lowes.com/military.

Lowe’s is proud of its long history honoring servicemen and women. In addition to the military discount program, Lowe’s provides differential pay for employees serving in the military and offers employment opportunities for military personnel after their service ends. Currently, more than 10,000 Lowe’s employees are U.S. military veterans or members of the Guard or Reserve and nearly 800 are deployed to active duty.

In 2016, Lowe’s received the U.S. Department of Defense Freedom Award, the highest recognition given employers for supporting the military, particularly employees serving in the Guard and Reserves.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.




SDVOSB Badges and Veteran Owned Business Badges

List of SDVOSB and Veteran Owned Business bid opportunities with the Federal Government.

SDVOSB Certification LogosOctober 14, 2106 SDVOSB and Veteran Owned Business RFPs, RFIs, Pre-Solicitations and more from Federal Business Opportunities. Some of these solicitations include the following products/services for the United States federal government: chlorination services, Upgrade Water Distribution System, Military Training Support Services, Asbestos Abatement, Copier Leasing, Interior Design Services, Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal, HVAC Repair, Cemetery Improvements, Licensed Practical Nurse and Nursing Assistant Services, Canine Medical Training, Kitchen Cleaning Services, Internet Services, Construction Services (100% SDVOSB Set-aside), Podiatry Services and more. Click here to view full list of SDVOSB and Veteran Owned Business Bids.

VOB Celebrates Our 7th Anniversary

Veteran Owned Business Celebrates Our 7th Anniversary

Celebrating our 7th Anniversary on Veterans Day 2015!
Celebrating our 7th Anniversary on Veterans Day 2015!

Today marks the 7th Anniversary since we launched the Veteran Owned Business Project. Thanks to support from our military community, we’ve reached over 23,500 members, have over 300,000 supporters, have had nearly 15 million visitors and over 70 million pages viewed! Not too shabby for a grassroots movement started on Veterans Day in 2008 to help support small businesses owned by those who proudly served (or continue to serve) our great nation! Thank you one and all!

We have many things planned as we move into our 8th year (for example the launch of our list of 100s of celebrities who served in the military: FamousVeterans.com). Please be sure to join VOB on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be kept up-to-date on all the changes!



USAA Military Casting Call

USAA Insurance

Searching for:
REAL USAA Members With Interesting Faces – Male of female, ages 21-60, all ethnicities, with unique faces and memorable features.

We are looking for people with some character in their face. They might have interesting
features, or even just radiate a unique confidence, but their personality should embody the values of USAA: strong, unique, confident.

REAL USAA Investment MembersMale or Female, ages 21-60, all ethnicities. REAL USAA
Members who utilize USAA investment services.

  • Name/Age
  • Contact Info (phone, email)
  • Current City/State
  • Which USAA products do you use? (Required)
  • Please tell us about your investment experience with USAA (if applicable)
  • Recent photo of yourself

Please tell us if you interviewed with Dan Bell for a previous USAA project.

If this sounds like you or someone you know please send the above information to: castingusaa@gmail.com

Project Details:
Project: PAID UNION Commercial for USAA – (Union affiliation is not required)
Skype Interviews: 11/16/15-11/24/15
Fitting: 12/06
Filming: 12/07/15-12/10/15

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This Veteran Owned Business Casting Announcement 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.

KOSBE Awards Includes VOBs

KOSBE Awards Now Accepting Small Business Entries for 2015The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today invites small businesses to submit entries in the 2015 Annual KOSBE Awards. The regional competition is open to clients, Chamber Members, as well as non-members alike. Any legally established for-profit small business, with fewer than 150 employees and annual sales not to exceed $10 million dollars is eligible (some exceptions apply), including businesses located in Sullivan, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins or Washington County. Home-based, online and agriculture businesses are also welcome. The deadline for entries is 11:59:59 EST on October 5, 2015.

The competition is divided into 11 eligible divisions, including:1. Business Excellence -10 (under 10 employees)2. Business Excellence 10+ (10 or more employees)

3. New Business (in business for not more than 36 months)

4. Young Entrepreneur (owner is under 40 years of age)

5. Small Manufacturer/Fabricator (must make or assemble a product)

6. Woman-Owned Business (must be at least 51% woman-owned)

7. Veteran-Owned Business (must be at least 51% veteran-owned)

8. Multiple Store/Franchise (locally owned and operated multiple store/franchise)

9. Gazelle Business (high growth company that has increased revenues by at least 20% annually, for at least 4 years or more)

10. SB IMPACT (must be a small business/advocate/individual nominated by a past winner or a business entering the contest in one of the preceding categories)

11. CVB IMPACT (must be a hospitality industry employee nominated by a supervisor, manager or small business receiving tourism-related benefit in Kingsport)

Key changes for the 2015 KOSBE Awards include:

• New Venue: Meadowview Marriott Convention Center; to accommodate year over year event growth
• New Category: CVB Impact (specifically for the Hospitality industry) sponsored by the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
• Introduction of Social Media hashtag: #KosbeAwards15
• Separate applications for IMPACT awards (application fee includes one ticket for nominee)
• 10-minute online/offline application form
• Expanded New Business Category: new businesses in business less than 12 months may apply
• Post-interview feedback to be provided to all small business applicants to help them improve and focus growth

At a special recognition event on Thursday, December 10th, from 6 to 9 PM, at Meadowview Marriott Convention Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, winners will be revealed. Prior to the awards ceremony, Jessica Larkin, News Anchor at ABC 19 / WKPT-TV, will conduct a live interview with entrepreneurial guest speaker, Steve Johnson, owner of Johnson Commercial Development. Johnson also played NFL football for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

Selections will be made by an expert panel of judges based on an in-person interview and how well the entries meet the judging criteria: customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, financial strength, best practices, marketing creativity and presented strategies for growth.

Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance online, in person at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, or by calling (423) 392.8811. This event has been sold out for the past four consecutive years. Seating is limited and early ticket purchases are recommended. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. The public is invited to attend. Tickets go on sale starting October 15th.

Sponsors include: Centurylink, Cumberland Marketing, Dykes Trucking, F & L Limo & Livery, Phil’s Dream Pit, ChamberZone, VIPSEEN, East Tennessee Eye Care, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Hair Benders Salon, Hunter Smith & Davis Attorneys at Law, Eastman Credit Union, NETWORKS, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, AccelNOW, Pathway Lending, Mickey Baker Photography, Kingsport Times News, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, VIP Seen Magazine, Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC, Holston Valley Broadcasting Group, AdviCoach, Fish Window Cleaning, SunTrust Bank, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Camellia Digital, Prendergast Construction, Boehm Landscaping, and The Angel Roundtable.

Event Partners include: Action Rentals and Sales, Express Signs, Flowers by CopperCreek, Holston Distributing Company, Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Pristine Springs, and Meadowview Marriott.

About KOSBE Awards
Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area.

About KOSBE

Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE)The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships.

KOSBE is proud to be the Kingsport Affiliate Office of the TSBDC at ETSU. The TSBDC Network is comprised of 15 locations throughout the State of Tennessee, whose primary function is to provide counseling services and educational opportunities to entrepreneurs and “for profit” new and existing small businesses.

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.