PITTSBURGH, PA—The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) has opened nominations for the 2014 Vetrepreneur of the Year® (VOY) powered by USAA. Now in its eighth year, VOY is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to one of the nation’s 3 million veteran business owners. Vetrepreneurs are encouraged to self-nominate their businesses at NaVOBA’s new Vetrepreneur of the Year® website, http://voy.navoba.com, which offers a one-stop-shop for submissions and information on nominee eligibility, rules and regulations and past honorees.
Nominations are being taken until March 1, 2014.
To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company. The Vetrepreneur of the Year® demonstrates the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and a strong drive to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.
The 2014 Vetrepreneur of the Year® will grace the cover of the May 2014 issue of Vetrepreneur magazine.
Additional veteran-owned businesses in the following categories will be honored in Vetrepreneur magazine and at special ceremonies held at corresponding events. Those honorees and events include:
- Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2014 WBENC National Conference and Business Fair, Philadelphia, Pa., June 23-25
- Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / USHCC National Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 21-23
- Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair, Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2-5
U.S. Army veteran Michael Durant, president of Pinnacle Solutions Inc., was last year’s honoree. Durant is a former Super Six-Four Black Hawk pilot who was shot down during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. He was held captive for 11 days. His story, as well as of those who fought in the battle, was portrayed in the film, “Black Hawk Down.”
“I was truly honored to be named the 2013 Vetrepreneur of the Year® by NaVOBA and Vetrepreneur magazine. I take great pride in my military service and in our success at Pinnacle,” Durant said.
Past VOY recipients also have included small business owners such as Josh Collins, an Army veteran and owner of Huske Hardware House Restaurant and Brewery in Fayetteville, N.C.
To learn more about the Vetrepreneur of the Year® Powered by USAA, visit http://voy.navoba.com.
About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA):
NaVOBA unites the nation’s 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues. For more information visit us on the web at http://www.navoba.com, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @navoba.
USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services to more than 9.9 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military — and their eligible family members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit usaa.com. USAA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, LLC, at 212-707-8181.