In order to get certified as a veteran-owned business, there are some very specific guidelines that need to be followed. First of all, the company must be owned by a veteran or a service-disabled veteran. That means that at least 51 percent of the business has to be owned by the veteran in question. However, it’s not enough to simply own the business “in name only.” The veteran going for certification needs to be involved in the daily operations within the business. In other words, absentee owners need not apply.
Naturally, the veteran needs to produce a Department of Defense Form 214 (DD 214), showing the veteran has been discharged. If the veteran has been service-disabled, he or she also needs a letter from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs that states there is an actual service-related disability.
Government Programs for Veterans
United States government has specifically set up programs designed to assist businesses that are owned by veterans. Like everything in the government, however, there are certain criteria needing to be met by a company before it can benefit from the programs. Getting VA certification allows a company to bypass a great deal of paperwork and headaches, allowing the business to spend more time and energy on building itself. It is also a useful tool when used with online marketing campaigns, as studies have shown that many individuals and businesses would prefer to do business with a company that has received veteran's certification status.
Local Veteran Owned Businesses in the Detroit Metro Area
Vetbuilt - VETBUILT matches job seekers with potential employers seeking direct hire opportunities.
TVI Supply - A customer-driven supplier of leading brands of Industrial, MRO, Safety, Janitorial and Office products.
GSA International, Ltd. - GSA International's expertise includes freight bill audit & payment, freight management programs, warehousing and distribution solutions, cross dock services and special project consulting.
Rickman Enterprise Group International - is an industry leader providing first-class services to the aerospace, healthcare, alternative energy, utility, government/defense, education and manufacturing industry with their Environmental, Industrial and Facilities Efficiency Management needs.
How can you get started with your Veteran-Owned Business?
For more information about getting veteran-owned or minority-owned certification, simply contact the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MMSDC) for more information. They will be happy happy to share this information, as well as any other assistance for opportunities for Detroit minority-owned businesses to really step up their game and reach for new heights. Stay tuned for exciting opportunities on internet marketing training from Brand Echo. Subscribe here to the Brand Echo newsletter to keep up-to-date on all the exciting programs available now and in the near future.