At the first meeting of the
2003-2005 ETABO Committee, I nominated Darrol Brown, Bob
Caswell, Robert Corsa, Calvin Gross, Joseph Jennings, Keith
King, William Messer, Fara Sanchez, Mike Schott, and Connie
Steers to serve on the committee. Our advisers will be
Charlie Richardson and Jeffrey White; special advisers: Judy
Bolio (AVVA) and Jerry Kahn. Our staff liaison is Eddie
We intend to accomplish the four Convention Resolutions and
maintain a viable presence with the Task Force for Veterans
Entrepreneurship, the Task Force for Veterans Preference,
and the Professional Certification Advisory Board.
One committee member will be the primary points of contact
for each of the resolutions, the task forces, and the
Certification Advisory Board. We will push for full
implementation of PL 106-50, The Veterans Entrepreneurship
Act of 1999. Veterans preference in hiring within the
federal government and the nationwide acceptance of a
certification process are two other major concerns.
It seems (as if this is something new) that federal agencies
have a problem accepting the laws on Veterans Preference and
the Three Percent Rule for service-disabled veterans in
contracting and subcontracting. Many still resist giving
veterans any consideration in any federal programs or
processes. I assume they are afraid of competent and
I want to remind you to check
for new programs. They have made considerable changes to
Capital (Small Business Financing and Capital Funding);
Markets (eCommerce, Market Place, Purchase Net, and
Pipeline); and Small Business Resources (Government
Agencies, Entreworld, Fedbizopps, and Doing Business with
Government). These topics can be of assistance in starting a
business, expanding a business, getting the proper training
(the do's & don'ts of starting and maintaining a business),
getting your name out to the largest audiences, and
veterans-buying-from-veterans opportunities. Your state
councils and chapters can save money by purchasing from
disabled-veteran and veteran-owned businesses.
Please check it out. Most of the programs are free so there
is little to lose - and much to gain - in supporting your
brothers and sisters.
If you are interested in working on any of these programs on
the local or state level, please contact your State Council
President. Help is always needed to get the job done - at
all levels of the organization.
I can be reached at 573-474-2486 or 573-489-2486 or via
or email@example.com I
look forward to working with all during the next two years.