The VIB Network offers a variety of business development programs throughout the year to help the Veteran business community learn and grow. Each of the programs include outreach, and marketing to over 60,000 in our network and through our social media platforms. The VIB Network has been successful at reaching Veteran business owners and advocates from across the nation. We collaborate with our sponsors and business development facilitators to create an educational and engaging program. If you’d like to sponsor one of our programs, contact us!
Business Development Webinars
The VIB Network offers a variety of business development webinars throughout the year. Your sponsorship helps fund these webinars and will be recognized as a 2021 VIB Webinar Series Sponsor. 2021 Topics Include: Legal Requirements To Hiring Employees vs. an Independent Contractor, Small Business Financing, Business After COVID-19, Contracting/Negotation Education, Pricing for Profitabilty, and Marketing/Networking Skills. Sponsorship Includes: Recognition as a series sponsor and an opportunity to briefly share supplier information during webinar.
VIB Network Dual App: Organization Information & Conferencing/Networking
The VIB Network will be launching our new VIB app in 2021 that will take us to the next level in networking for Veteran businesses. This dual app will be the first of its kind for a business development organization. The app will be connected to the main website so you can easily find a VIBs, Event or Opportunity. You will also be able to use the app during the VIB Conference for agenda alerts and to connect with VIBs and advocates. Through your connections you will be able to create your own personal directory to use throughout the year. Sponsorship Includes: A banner ad on the app and recognition as Charter app Supporter.
Veteran 2 Veteran Business Cohorts
Program begins March 2021This 6-month in-depth program is for 12 established SDVOSB/DVBE/VOSBs. Over the years the V2V program has developed and grown to meet our Veteran business leaders’ needs. This program is one of our most intensive and successful initiatives. The V2V program continues to update the curriculum – with our partner Leah Nelson (DVBE) of Nelson Leadership. This program is to help guide the established Veteran business owner in assessing their business for strategic growth and success. Sponsorship Includes: Participation during one of the V2V Cohort Sessions, Recognition as a V2V Cohort Sponsor during the VIB Network National Conference Graduation Luncheon and Recognition in the VIB event program as a V2V Sponsor.
Micro Mentor/Protege Program
This program is designed to be a 6-month program with one-on-one coaching and mentoring. All proteges will also participate in 6 group sessions, which will be 90-minutes in length, held monthly; individual coaching sessions will be 60-minutes in length. This program is a mix of technical skills and performance coaching. The goal is to create a professional, profitable, selfsufficient, quality subcontractor base in the SDVOSB space. Our professional facilitator will work directly with the sponsor to discuss objectives and goals. Sponsorship Includes: Participation during the Micro Mentor/Protege Program, Recognition and opportunity to present during the VIB Network National Conference Graduation Luncheon and Recognition in the VIB event program as a Micro Mentor/Protege Sponsor.
Sponsor Specific Webinars
Are you interested in sharing information on your organization with the Veteran Business Community? We will collaborate with you to conduct and host a webinar specific to your needs. This includes marketing this webinar to our network, hosting the webinar, conducting a post survey to attendees and sharing data. Sponsorship Includes: Recognition as the webinar sponsor on all marketing materials.
The VIB Network will offer FREE training to all Veteran businesses on topics including Contracts 101, Networking Skills, Government and Utilities Contracting and more through the Entrepreneurial Development Growth and Education (EDGE) program. The technical assistance and skills taught during these sessions are invaluable to the Veteran Business Community.
VIB Outreach Events
Networking and outreach events are an important part of the VIB Network. Being able to meet with key buyers is essential to the growth of Veteran businesses. The VIB Network will host its 5th Annual Veteran Business Conference November 8-9, 2021 – more information will be available soon.
Your Mission is Our Mission
It has been our experience that the best way we can help veterans in business is to align the mission of our corporate and government partners with our own. When our partners are succeeding with their diversity programs, our Network benefits through contract opportunities.
The VIB Network website is the premier Veteran business database for diversity suppliers. Not only does it include a VIB directory, but it also allows for social networking, interaction opportunities, and RFP posting and fulfillment. Our website is THE place for fulfilling your Veterans In Business requirements.
Your Partnership is Priceless
Your financial support and partnership help us continue our mission, and that is what makes us successful. The VIB Network team will conduct quarterly check-ins with your company to ensure we are meeting your needs.
We want to understand the specific needs of our partners and tailor business objectives to fit the mission of the VIB Network. We are invested in the success of our partners because their mission is our mission.
We provide our partners with access to a comprehensive database of veteran businesses, SDVOSBs and DVBEs to source suppliers for potential procurement opportunities.
The VIB Network website is constantly being updated to meet the needs of our users. Our goal is to have our website be the first Veteran business, SDVOSB, and DVBE Networking platform of its kind. The VIB Network approach is threefold:
- We’re Data-Driven: The VIB Network website includes a state-of-the-art directory that is 100% data-driven. VIB capabilities, capacities, certifications, keywords, and contact information are tracked and updated within our Network Portal and SDVOBs and DVBEs will be verified.
- Customer Centric: Sponsors have the ability to log in and access not only veteran business information but will soon be able to see reviews and comments from their diversity counterparts at other companies. Our interactive Directory allows sponsors to search for a VIB, and narrow down searches through filters.
- No Cost for VIBs to join: To ensure our database is comprehensive and includes all-willing veteran companies, we are deferring the cost to our sponsors rather than the veterans. This allows VIBs with smaller marketing budgets to still get on our database without the barrier of start-up/yearly fees.