NaVOBA and Capital One, in partnership with the NGLCC, announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference.
— NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek
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Philadelphia 8/16/2018: The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and Capital One, in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference. NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of America’s veteran business owners working as supplier partners to NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies.
“At Capital One, we value unique perspectives and see firsthand how ensuring diversity in our supply chain creates better solutions for our associates and customers,” said Jim Gorzalski, Chief Procurement Officer, Capital One. “We’re very proud to sponsor the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year recognition and are excited to elevate the success of the entrepreneurs highlighted by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.”
The Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year demonstrate the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship as well as a commitment to give back to their communities. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company.
The 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year Awards program was also supported by NaVOBA Corporate Allies Wells Fargo and Shell. NaVOBA recognized two exceptional 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year Honorable Mentions: Adler Archer, president of Allasys and Carlton Brown, owner of Occasional Occasions by Carlton. In addition, NaVOBA awarded two firms as the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year; Les Burleson, president of VersaPro Group and Naomi Scales, owner of MarFran Cleaning.
“NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year awards have celebrated the incredible diversity of America’s military entrepreneur community,” said NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek. “We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”
Visit www.NaVOBA.org/LGBTAwards to learn more about these extraordinary veteran business owners.
About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals. It is the mission of NaVOBA to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education. NaVOBA provides a direct link between corporate America and veteran’s business enterprises, to improve business opportunities for VBEs of all sizes.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all.
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