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Preliminary Observations on
Verification Program Progress and Challenges–GAO Report

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Based on GAO’s preliminary observations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant improvements to its verification process and communication with veterans since GAO’s 2013 report. VA reported it reduced its average application processing times by more than 50 percent—from 85 days in 2012 to 41 in 2015.

GAO reviewed a randomly selected sample of verification applications and found that VA followed its procedures for reviewing applications. VA continued to refine its quality management by developing written work instructions for every part of the verification process, and implemented an internal audit process. As of September 2015, VA had taken action on and closed 364 of 379 (96 percent) of internal audit recommendations.


Business Resources for Veterans and
Active Duty Military Entrepreneurs

Carol Roth Huffington Post

I believe strongly that when you have prepared for and experienced combat, you are more than prepared with the guts, determination and resourcefulness to launch your own business initiative. Veterans seem to agree. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Additionally nearly 1 in 10 small businesses are veteran owned, employing 5.8 million people and generating more than $1 trillion in revenue.

However, while these brave men and women who have served their countries may possess many of the qualities to become great entrepreneurs, there are still resources and expertise they need to make a new business work. With more than 1 million men and women on active duty expected to return to civilian life in the next five years and a higher unemployment rate amongst younger veterans than nationally, it is more critical than ever to help them succeed.


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Establishing Values for Your Business

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The values and culture of your company have a direct effect on your employees, your customers, and your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate, and grow values for your business?

Implementing company values
Getting input from stakeholders and customers
Including values in your strategic planning

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Legislative Report:
State Contracting with Businesses Owned by
Qualified Disabled Veterans, FY2014

Required by section 18.1261(9) of Public Act 431 of 1984, as amended

The Management and Budget Act (1984 PA 431, as amended) establishes (i) a goal for the department to award each year not less than 5% of its total expenditures for construction, goods, and services to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOBs), and (ii) a price preference of up to 10% of the amount of the contract for qualified SDVOBs) when competing for state contracts.


This report illustrates the department’s progress toward achieving the 5% goal and presents several data points and trends which show the progress made toward the goal.

The aggregate value of contracts awarded to SDVOBs as a percentage of expenditures for construction, goods, and services was 2% in FY 2014, up from 1.53% in FY 2013.

The aggregate value of contract awards totaled $64,641,923.04 in FY 2014. This represents the second best result since the act was implemented.

Total annual spend as a result of aggregate awards has grown from $1.1 Million in 2007 to over $58.1 million in 2014, the highest recorded since the law was passed.

The number of contracts awarded to SDVOBs has stabilized at 365 compared to 370 in 2013. The number of bidders is down slightly from 82 in FY13 to 73 in FY 2014.

SDVOBs continue to win a large percentage of project awards for which they bid.

This report illustrates the significant progress which has been achieved in recent years, and the Department of Technology, Management & Budget recommends that outreach efforts to the service-disabled veteran-owned business community continue.

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PDF Flyer Link Michigan 2014 SDVOB Report


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The U.S. Small Business Administration requires all clients to complete the Request for Counseling (Form 641). This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements. All client information is held in strictest of confidence.

To start the process, please click on the above e-CENTER button to access our electronic Request for Counseling form. After submission, a counselor will contact you shortly.

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