Places set for veteran businesses at roundtable

by Kim Suchek

Hello military community,

As the Department of Defense continues to down size our military and service members reintegrate into the civilian world there are several resource that can assist with resumes, employment opportunities, entrepreneurism and more. Veterans (and current military) wishing to start their own business should know about the Veteran Owned Business Roundtable.

The Roundtable was founded in 2005 as the Michigan Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Roundtable in response to a state initiative to assist disabled veteran-owned business.  It expanded to include ALL veteran-owned business in the United States and to recruit support from American businesses, extending opportunities to veteran owned-businesses of every stripe.

The Roundtable strives to link all veteran-owned business to contracting opportunities with major corporations in commercial markets and with federal, state and local governments in the public sector. It will also advocate for veteran-owned businesses by meeting with key executives in the commercial and government sectors to establish procurement goals that benefit our veterans.

The group has succeeded in securing commitments from several major corporations to purchase up to 3 percent of their global spending with veteran business persons. At the request of private industry, the Roundtable is building a national process (supported by VetBiz Central) to certify Veteran-owned businesses in a way that is less intrusive, faster and acceptable to civilian corporations.

Under the motto, “Serving those who have served,” The Roundtable interacts with officials in government at all levels and engages corporate management to advocate for the interests of veterans. The Roundtable works for access, legitimacy and growth for veteran-owned business of all sizes and types.

Through matchmaking veteran outreach activities and other networking events through organizations like VetBiz, the Roundtable endeavors to educate, facilitate and encourage the prosperity of veterans and their families in the FREE markets for which they have stood in vigilant defense.

To me, one of the bonuses this group offers is outreach programs, forums for the exchange of ideas and information between its members, government agencies and private industry through networking, committees, monthly meetings, conferences and visits to government and industry offices. If you are interested in being on the mailing list or joining Veteran Owned Business Roundtable, go to

I have personally attended two events and I was impressed with the companies and veteran-owned business that participated in hopes of making and learning about new business opportunities. Their location and professional presentation as well as the connections that were made were impressive.

Blessings from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website at for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.

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