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City of Chicago and Veteran Business Project Partner to Launch New Certification Assistance for Veteran-Owned Businesses

City of Chicago and Veteran Business Project Partner to Launch New Certification Assistance for Veteran-Owned Businesses  City of Chicago and Veteran Business Project Partner to Launch New Certification Assistance for Veteran-Owned Businesses  Program to help Veterans become certified to compete for City contracts CHICAGO, IL – The City of Chicago proudly announces a major partnership with Veteran Business Project (VBP), marking a major milestone in the city’s continued commitment to empower veterans and stimulate economic growth. This initiative aims to assist local veterans in becoming Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certified so they can take advantage of the City of Chicago veteran programs and incentives. "At Veteran Business Project, we see firsthand the power of entrepreneurship in the lives of veterans. Our collaboration with the City of Chicago, led by Mayor Brandon Johnson and his administration, exemplifies our commitment to empowering veterans through strategic partnerships. Together, we aim to connect more veterans with business opportunities and provide ongoing support throughout their entrepreneurial journey,” said Lynn Lowder, CEO and Co-Founder of VBP. “Together, we can continue to build momentum in offering hope and building brighter futures for our veterans.” "By designating Veteran Business Project as an Assist Agency, we're making it easier for veteran-owned businesses to get certified and actively work toward increasing the number of veterans certified,” said Kevin Barszcz, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “Our goal is to help more of them secure city contracts successfully, and VBP's strong connection with veterans positions [...]

By |2024-04-17T08:11:13-05:00April 16th, 2024|Categories: News|

City of Chicago and VBP partner to help veterans

The City of Chicago proudly announced a major partnership with VBP, marking a significant milestone in the city's continued commitment to empower veterans and stimulate economic growth. This initiative aims to assist local veterans in becoming Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certified to take advantage of the City of Chicago veteran programs and incentives. "Our collaboration with the City of Chicago, led by Mayor Brandon Johnson and his administration, exemplifies our commitment to empowering veterans through strategic partnerships. Together, we aim to connect more veterans with business opportunities and provide ongoing support throughout their entrepreneurial journey," said Lynn Lowder, CEO and Co-Founder of VBP. VBP will assist veterans in applying for certifications, making it easier for more veterans to discover and gain access to these opportunities. Through this program, veteran-owned businesses can access various city contracts spanning industries such as construction, work services, professional services, and information technology. If you are a veteran interested in taking advantage of this initiative, we encourage you to register today. Register Today You can access the official Press Release for this announcement here.

By |2024-03-12T12:37:19-05:00March 12th, 2024|Categories: News, Press Release|

Air Force Veteran Becomes Co-Owner of Brick City Martial Arts with Help from Veteran Business Project

Veteran Business Project provides support for veterans on their road to becoming business owners. Last year, an Air Force veteran, Luke McDonald, contacted VBP with questions about purchasing a martial arts studio. We are pleased to highlight Luke’s story on his successful path to business ownership. Luke’s brother, Dane, first learned about the opportunity to purchase the Brick City Martial Arts from the previous owner, whom he trained under. Today, Luke and his brother co-own the martial arts studio. Most of the self-defense studio’s students are youth who range in age from 3-13. The studio excels with this age group by making classes fun and engaging while keeping the traditions of the arts embedded in their training. Adult martial arts classes are offered, ranging from beginners to advanced students, and for those looking for group-training workouts, classes like cardio kickboxing are available. Luke began martial arts classes at the age of ten and competed nationally for three years. Luke credits the martial arts classes and his instructors with providing him with more confidence and shaping him into the person he is today. After his military service, Luke planned to open a gym. But, when he heard about the opportunity to purchase the studio, Luke decided to turn his passion for martial arts into a career. Luke advises other veterans not to discount their passions or the skills they’ve acquired throughout the years. "Knowing that I had a group [...]

By |2024-02-23T10:27:17-06:00February 16th, 2024|Categories: Success Stories|

Operation Connect-A-Vet

Recognizing Veterans: A Simple Way to Make a Big Difference Recognizing the sacrifices of our veterans and supporting them is something we all aspire to do. However, it's often challenging to know where to begin. That's why we’re proud to introduce you to Operation Connect-A-Vet. This initiative, led by Illinois Joining Forces, is designed to make it simple and impactful to recognize and support veterans. It offers a direct way for friends and family to arrange wellness calls, ensuring that veterans are doing well and are connected with a dedicated team ready to assist them with housing, food, employment, healthcare, and more. Taking Action is Simple: Reach Out: Call a veteran in your life and ask them how they're doing. A simple conversation can be a meaningful gesture of appreciation. Submit a Connect-A-Vet Request: If you believe a veteran needs more support, submit a request by calling 1-833-INFO IJF (463-6453), emailing [email protected], or using the Connect-AVet form on www.illinoisjoiningforces.org. Identify Services: Our dedicated team members are skilled at connecting veterans with housing, food, employment, mental health services, and other critical needs. Operation Connect-A-Vet is active from November 1 through the end of the year, ensuring veterans and military families receive support during the holiday season. Join us in recognizing and supporting our Veterans. Together, we can make a significant impact. For more information, visit illinoisjoiningforces.org

By |2023-11-14T10:05:10-06:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: News, Resources|

Interview with VetBizTV

Watch as Lynn Lowder, CEO & Co-Founder of VBP, joins Brian Regnier on VetBizTV to unveil how we're equipping veterans and military spouses for business ownership. If you know a Veteran or military spouse interested in becoming an entrepreneur, please share this video with them. If you are interested in learning more, register here.

By |2023-08-10T15:12:43-05:00August 8th, 2023|Categories: Video|

Guiding Veterans with a Hands-On, Personal Approach to Becoming Business Owners

At Veterans Business Project, we are dedicated to empowering veterans on their journey to becoming successful entrepreneurs. With a hands-on and personalized approach, we support veterans like Marine veteran Charles Myart in achieving their business dreams. Recently, our President, Co-Founder, and Business Coach, Dale Eisenberg, met with Charles to explore a potential deal to purchase an existing Original Pancake House in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Dale Eisenberg, a seasoned entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience owning restaurants, knows the importance of a hands-on approach. When Charles expressed interest in the Original Pancake House, Dale personally traveled to the location to assess the property alongside him. This first-hand inspection allowed Dale to provide invaluable insights and share his expertise, ensuring Charles had all the necessary information to make an informed decision. At VBP, we believe in the power of experience and personalized support for veterans entering the business world. Our comprehensive approach goes beyond just the initial deal; we are committed to guiding veterans throughout the entire purchasing process. With our business coaches' wealth of experience and knowledge, we offer veterans a unique advantage in navigating the complexities of business ownership. Even after the purchase, we remain available to speak with veterans and provide ongoing assistance to ensure their success as entrepreneurs. If you are a veteran or military spouse interested in becoming a business owner, we encourage you to register today. Our specialized business coaching services are completely free. We believe [...]

By |2023-07-27T16:11:07-05:00July 27th, 2023|Categories: News|

Why sellers sell profitable businesses (that you can buy).

If you want to become an entrepreneur, have you considered purchasing a business? While many think of starting a new business, acquiring an existing one can offer a faster launch with fewer pitfalls. Contrary to common belief, the sale of a business doesn't necessarily indicate poor performance. Codie A. Sanchez, Founder of Contrarian Thinking and a Private Equity Investor, recently shared a list of reasons businesses sell on LinkedIn. In this post, we've included her post for your convenience. If you are ready to take the next step? Register with VBP today, and we'll guide you on your entrepreneurial journey.

By |2023-07-24T07:15:23-05:00July 9th, 2023|Categories: Buying a business|

Become Match Ready

Restricted Area: Registered Users Only This content is limited to registered users. Veterans and military spouses may register here to request access. Password: Show password

By |2023-06-17T12:01:59-05:00June 17th, 2023|Categories: Resources|
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