Progressive Keys to Progress Vehicle Giveaway

Progressive Keys to Progress Vehicle Giveaway Progressive's Keys to Progress® vehicle giveaway program has provided over 1,000 veterans with reliable transportation since 2013, helping them get back on the road and move forward. This year, the Veteran Business Project is pleased to partner with Progressive to help identify veteran recipients needing a vehicle. On November 14, 2024, vehicles will be given away across the United States, with the goal of reaching recipients in all 50 states. We plan to gift an estimated 50-100 vehicles to veterans and their families, as well as some active-duty members, Gold Star spouses/domestic partners, veteran-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations. Program Highlights: Types of Vehicles: Vehicles for Personal Transportation, Commercial Vehicles and each year Progressive gives away one Class 8 semi truck Application Deadlines: Vehicles for personal transportation: Friday, Aug. 2, 2024 Commercial vehicles: Friday, Aug. 2, 2024 Class 8 Semi Truck: Monday, July 1, 2024 If you're a veteran interested in this opportunity, please complete the contact form below. We will help you apply to the program.

By |2024-07-01T10:15:50-05:00June 27th, 2024|Categories: News, Resources|

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|

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|

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|

Fox and Friends Live Broadcast at Rosie’s Home Cookin’ Featuring Lynn Lowder and the Veteran Business Project

On Monday, May 15th, 2024, Fox and Friends will broadcast live from Rosie's Home Cookin' in Naperville, Illinois, from 5 AM until 8 AM. The broadcast will feature Lynn Lowder, a Vietnam veteran, CEO, and co-founder of the Veteran Business Project (VBP). This 501c3 organization helps match veterans or military spouses with businesses wanting to sell at zero cost to the veteran.

By |2023-05-12T17:29:43-05:00May 12th, 2023|Categories: News|

Nonprofit guides veterans in entrepreneurship | VBP interview with Morning in America

Interview with NewsNation We're thrilled to share this interview with our CEO and co-founder, Lynn Lowder, as he discusses our mission to support veteran entrepreneurs with NewsNation. In the interview, Lynn explains how the Veteran Business Project provides crucial mentorship and resources to help veteran-owned small businesses grow and thrive. Our unique "V-Harmony" process connects veterans with experienced entrepreneurs to help guide them on their entrepreneurial journey. We're proud to be making a difference in the lives of our nation's heroes and supporting their post-military careers. Watch the full interview now!We would like to extend a sincere thank you to NewsNation and announcer Mitch Carr for the opportunity to share our mission with their audience. Your support means the world to us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to spread the word about our important work. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our nation's heroes. Thank you! 

By |2023-04-04T12:54:06-05:00April 4th, 2023|Categories: News, Video|

How Veterans Can Take Over a Retiring Entrepreneur’s Existing Business

How Veterans Can Take Over a Retiring Entrepreneur’s Existing Business At the VBP, we are passionate about helping veterans pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and create successful careers beyond military service. That's why we were thrilled to see Lynn Lowder, one of our co-founders, featured in a recent interview with Military.com. In the article titled "How Veterans Can Take Over a Retiring Entrepreneur's Existing Business," Lynn spoke about the valuable work that VBP is doing to help veterans acquire and run existing businesses. He highlighted the benefits of this approach, including the potential for a quicker path to profitability and the opportunity to build on an established foundation. At VBP, we provide extensive support and guidance to veterans interested in taking over an existing business. From assisting with due diligence and financing, our team is dedicated to helping veterans succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. We are incredibly grateful to Zachary Fryer-Biggs, Blake Stilwell, and Military.com for featuring Lynn and sharing the vital work that VBP is doing to support veterans. Their article is a testament to the critical role that veteran-focused organizations like VBP play in helping our service members transition back to civilian life. As we continue to honor and support our veterans, we are proud to stand alongside Lynn and our entire team at VBP in empowering veterans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. To read the full article, please visit Military.com at https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/how-veterans-can-take-over-retiring-entrepreneurs-existing-business.html.

By |2023-04-01T17:50:40-05:00April 1st, 2023|Categories: News|