We believe all Veterans in Business can succeed together.
The Veterans In Business (VIB) Network is a nonprofit organization that advocates for all veteran businesses including SDVOSBs and DVBEs. We provide resources, educational workshops, outreach opportunities, and more. We also strive to build connections between veteran businesses and corporations/government agencies looking to purchase goods and services. VIB Network co-founders, Cole Woodman and Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner, are both owners of successful SDVOSB/DVBE companies and have volunteered with various veteran organizations over the years.
The VIB Network recognizes the need for a streamlined approach to connecting veterans to business resources as well as contract opportunities. Veteran businesses have been taken advantage of by being charged an exorbitant fee to be included in some directories or for business development programs which should be free. There is a need for quality outreach events and workshops in the veteran business community. Veterans have sacrificed for our country, and the VIB Network would like to offer these resources to all Veteran businesses for a nominal fee or free. With shared knowledge and support through our Network, we believe all Veterans in Business can succeed together.
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Chairman Cole Woodman is a US Naval Academy graduate who received his B.S. in Quantitative Economics in 2005. He is the owner of a successful SDVOSB/DVBE general engineering and construction company. As a Disabled Veteran, he believes in giving back to the veteran community and sharing his entrepreneurship and business skills with other Vets is the best way to achieve this. He also feels that the SDVOSB and DVBE programs offer excellent opportunities for all veterans in business to succeed. Formerly with the Elite SDVOB Network as a chapter president and national board member, Cole currently serves on the California Veterans Affairs (CalVet) DVBE Advisory Council and is Chairman of the DVBE Procurement Committee. In January 2017 Cole won the California Department of Veterans Affairs, John K. Lopez Award for Individual Excellence. Cole’s leadership and foresight with his expertise and experience will help the VIB Network grow.
Executive Director Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner is the co-owner of a successful SDVOSB/DVBE second generation printing business. She has over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing and has been essential in the continued growth of the 45-year-old company. As the former Elite SDVOB Network Conference Chair and Board of Director member, Rebecca has over thirteen years of experience in organizing and successfully executing national conferences. She is also a former Chair of the San Diego Workforce Investment Board. Currently, Rebecca is active in Business Leaders United and was invited to the White House for a bill-signing by President Obama. Rebecca is also a member of Business Forward and has advised on the TPP and environmental issues. She was instrumental in getting California Governor Jerry Brown onsite to her business for a bipartisan bill-signing concerning the workforce. Her business has won several awards including MBE Supplier of the year and Family-Owned business of the year. In 2016, Rebecca won the John Rak Award for her dedication in helping SDVOSBs. Rebecca was honored at the MCCSN “Women Leading the Way” luncheon in March 2017. Her enthusiasm to truly help veteran businesses grow is infectious and she believes collaboration is key to the success of the VIB Network.
About Our Charter Sponsors
Thank you to our Charter Sponsors – those who believe in supporting Veteran businesses. Charter Sponsorship is a lifetime VIB Network recognition and is only available until March 31, 2017. If you are interested in becoming a VIB Network Charter Sponsor please Contact Us or call toll-free 877-270-8426.
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