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Who We Are

With the support of our members, as well as from our corporate members, we will continue to guard the interests of Veteran Owned Businesses, honoring those who have formerly served our country in the military, and now serve in the private sector.

WHAT WE DO

Our efforts are dedicated to the benefit of all Veteran Owned businesses. The Roundtable was formed in 2005 in response to State of Michigan legislation establishing a goal of 3% of state contracts to be awarded to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business.

The Roundtable has stood on guard to monitor compliance with that promise of (now 5%) state contracting with SDVOB. Having enlarged our mission today, however, the Roundtable serves ALL veteran owned businesses and our advocacy has succeeded in persuading large, private corporations to pledge similar goals for inclusion of VOB in existing supplier diversity initiatives.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION

Veteran Owned Business and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business in securing contracts with local, state and federal governments.

For our VOB’s and SDVOB’s members to increase contracting opportunities within government agencies and private sector corporations to include veterans in their Supplier Diversity initiatives.

Our veterans, corporate members and state governments on issues regarding Veteran Owned Businesses.

Using new technologies and hosting events to enable Veteran Owned Businesses and world-wide brands to connect.

For compliance and reporting of achievement toward stated goals for public and private contracting with VOB’s and SDVOB’s.

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OUR COMMITTEES

LEGISLATIVE

Responsible for regular visitation with state senators and congressmen with emphasis on those sympathetic or directly related to our interests, maintaining communications with those state offices positioned to protect and advance the interests of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) and Veteran Owned Businesses (VOB), monitoring veteran business legislation in both houses of the legislature, keeping contact with the appointed Veterans Affairs officials within the various state governments.

OUTREACH

Establishing contact and communication with VSO’s to build common interests and cooperate in the advancement of those interests. This will require a patient and humble approach to befriend those organizations whose scope and sphere of influence are potentially competing with our own. It is, however, another resource for identifying SDVO and VO businesses to make them aware of our work on their behalf. It is possible that this activity may be folded into membership.

PROGRAMS

Identify those areas where SDVO and VO businesses need assistance in succeeding for the purpose of designing and conducting workshops and seminars to that end. This work can be done in cooperation with PTAC, VetBiz Central, etc.

CORPORATE RELATIONS

Contact with major corporations participating in federal contracts requiring a sub-contract plan involving SDVOB and VOB sub-contractors. Establish relations with compliance officers at Fortune 500 companies and develop a routine to encourage and verify progress against goals regarding federal contracting requirements.

MEMBERSHIP

Using the SAM.gov database and other resources, identify the SDVOB’s and VOB’s. Develop a vehicle of communication with and from the owners of these businesses via a newsletter, surveys, seminars, workshops and other means by which to assist earnest state purchasing managers and major federal contractors in finding competent SDVO and VO businesses to satisfy established goals.

TASKFORCE

Tracks state and federal incentives for hiring veterans and assists interested Michigan businesses in utilizing those benefits. Provides a forum for employers and labor unions to discuss veteran employment ideas. Facilitates networking among state and federal employment specialists to meet and exchange information and ideas with prospective employers. Assists employers in making the necessary contacts in the appropriate state and federal agencies for assistance in finding and hiring Veterans