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VeteranOwnedBusiness.com Launches Veteran/Service Disabled Veteran Owned NAICS Code Search System

New NAICS code search system allows contracting personnel the unique ability to search for and find potential vendors who are designated as veteran/service disabled veteran owned businesses

Veteran Owned Business "Proud Member" BadgeMelbourne, FL— (11/11/2017)VeteranOwnedBusiness.com — in honor of its 9th Anniversary — has launched a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Search Engine and Directory specifically of businesses owned by veterans and service disabled veterans (SDVOSBs/DVBEs). This new feature allows procurement personnel from government agencies, prime/sub-contractors and every day consumers the ability to search for and find businesses who have classified their veteran owned business under specific codes.

Veteran Owned Business’ (VOB) new NAICS search system allows visitors to search by codes in addition to finding business members by category and geographically by state, county, city and a specific radius around a zip code,” said VeteranOwnedBusiness.com Founder, Brian K. St.Ours. “Since launching on Veterans Day 2008, our mission has been to continue to match up Veteran Business Owners with those seeking to find them quickly and easily! Our new NAICS system is the next step in getting our members in front of contractors who are looking–in some cases mandated–to find them specifically by these codes.

Veteran Owned Business is a free online portal that helps businesses owned by prior military members share their products and services with purchasing departments around the country as well as with fellow veterans and everyday consumers. Since launching on Veterans Day 2008, VeteranOwnedBusiness.com has grown from a simple online directory to a comprehensive network with nearly 30,000 members nationwide and over 300,000 supporters. The site has had over 25,000,000 visitors and over 120,000,000 pages viewed since launching. Site users include purchasing personnel from small businesses, government agencies and some of our country’s largest corporations. The easy to use interface also allows the average consumer a quick way to search for products and services th

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at are all unique in the fact that they are made by, serviced by and/or sold by United States military veterans.

“We’ve communicated with 1,000s of visitors over the years; many of whom stumbled upon our site by accident.” added St.Ours. “One common message we continue to hear even to this day is how so very proud these folks are to try and do business with those who served our great nation. I can think of no better way to truly show your support for those who served than by helping them as they build their respective businesses.”

Businesses owned by veterans (as well as active duty military and military spouses) can get a free membership and business profile by visiting VeteranOwnedBusiness.com and looking for the red “signup button”. Enhancement options are available for certain business profiles for a nominal fee.

About VeteranOwnedBusiness.com:

VeteranOwnedBusiness.com is a free, nationwide network of businesses owned by veterans, active duty military, reservists, military spouses and service disabled veterans of the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard. More information about the Veteran Owned Business Project can be found by visiting VeteranOwnedBusiness.com or by calling their toll free number at (877) 862-5478. You can also like VOB on Facebook at: facebook.com/VeteranOwnedBusiness and follow them on Twitter at: twitter.com/VeteranOwned for updates, events, news and more.

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Vetrean Owned Business "Proud Member" StickerFor more information contact:
Veteran Owned Business (.com)
Brian K. St.Ours, Founder
1103 W. Hibiscus Blvd.,
Suite 301A
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (877) 862-5478 ·
Email: [email protected]

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.


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.