NaVOBA Honors Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses for 2013

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The National Veteran-Owned Business Association today released its annual list honoring the best U.S. corporations for working with veteran-owned businesses in 2013: http://www.navoba.com/bestcorps2013. The prestigious list honors the large corporations that most successfully engage the nation’s 3 million veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) as suppliers

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“Strong relationships with veteran-owned businesses position GM to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles, and they are integral to our supplier diversity strategy,” said Daniel F. Akerson, CEO & Chairman, General Motors.

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) today released its annual list http://www.navoba.com/bestcorps2013 honoring the best U.S. corporations for working with veteran-owned businesses in 2013. The prestigious list honors the large corporations that most successfully engage the nation’s 3 million veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) as suppliers.

This year, the list has been expanded and separated into two lists honoring both the 10 best non-defense industry corporations for veteran-owned businesses and the top five defense industry companies.

The cover story of the April 2013 issue of NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur magazine will feature this year’s honorees. The non-defense firms earning this year’s distinction include Alcatel-Lucent, ConAgra Foods, Dell, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Novartis, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sanofi US, and UPS. The defense companies being honored include Booz Allen Hamilton, DynCorp, IAP Worldwide Services, Lockheed Martin, and URS Corporation.

“Strong relationships with veteran-owned businesses position GM to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles, and they are integral to our supplier diversity strategy,” said Daniel F. Akerson, CEO & Chairman, General Motors.

Through NaVOBA’s untiring efforts the number of FORTUNE 1000 companies seeking veteran-owned suppliers has grown by more than 60 percent since 2007. Currently more than 160 of the world’s largest companies maintain programs designed to use VOBs as preferred vendors in their supplier diversity efforts.

“These corporations that earn a spot on this exclusive list are the best in the U.S. at recognizing how well the military prepares business leaders through teaching leadership, teamwork, resolve, integrity and ingenuity,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “Corporate America is eager to partner with business leaders who embody those intangibles combined with exemplary skills and the dedication needed to contribute to overall economic success. We’re delighted to highlight and honor them.”

The notion that military training is world-class preparation for running a business is reinforced by the fact that one out of every seven businesses in the U.S. is owned by a veteran, according to Census data. That’s twice the national average.

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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 at http://www.facebook.com/navoba and on Twitter @Navoba.

Contact: BP Media Relations for NaVOBA
Barbara Pflughaupt: 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen: 917-721-0663

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