by Michael B. Perini, ABC
perini & Associates
Buy Veteran is a national campaign spearheaded by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) to bring the success and momentum of the National Veteran Business Movement to all of America’s 3 million veteran-owned businesses.
In 1999, the federal government passed Public Law 106-50 that set a mandate to award 3 percent of all federal contract and subcontract dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
In addition, nearly 15 percent of FORTUNE® 1000 companies set goals to include veteran-owned businesses in their supply chains as part of their supplier diversity programs.
Recent nationwide polling revealed that it’s not just the government and large corporations that want to Buy Veteran – the average American consumer wants to Buy Veteran too! In fact, two-thirds of respondents said they’d rather purchase from a veteran-owned business than a non veteran-owned business.
This is where the Buy Veteran campaign comes in. Buy Veteran lets everyday, Main Street, consumer-facing veteran-owned businesses in every city and small town in America capitalize on the trust and gratitude to help their businesses grow.
Perini & Associates is a veteran-owned business. I am proud of my 30 years in the United States Air Force. That experience has taught me leadership and what it takes to provide timely advice and council at the highest standards.
The message is simple: “Hey America”, you trust veterans and want to thank them for bravely serving our country? Then support the 3 million American businesses owned by military veterans. Buy Veteran.”
A recent nationwide poll revealed that 95 percent of American consumers feel a sense of gratitude toward veterans and two-thirds said they’d be more likely to buy from veteran-owned businesses. Americans trust veterans who trained under a strong code of ethics.
The American people want to “thank” veterans, not “donate” to them. Big difference.
Eat at a veteran-owned restaurant. Let a veteran-owned contractor remodel your house. Hire a veteran-owned tax preparer or lawyer. Drop off your laundry at a veteran-owned drycleaner. And, when you need public relations/marketing advice find a veteran-owned firm. It’s good business. And it’s good for our economy.
You can easily tell a veteran-owned business when you see this badge — pictured here in this post and on the front page of the website — on display in the most obvious location on a storefront so passers-by and all customers will know they can trust that business because it is veteran-owned.
Buy American. Buy Local. Now Buy Veteran.