VETERANS ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, (VEDI) INC.
734 Franklin Ave, Suite 532
Garden City, NY 11530
August 11, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management
Leading Supplier Diversity organization partners with Veteran Business Group to empower Veteran Businesses to address Veteran unemployment and business development
NY-NJ MSDC and VEDI form alliance to improve inclusion efforts to build veteran business capacity to effectively transition veterans into sustainable careers
New York:-The New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, “The Council” recently partnered with Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, Inc (VEDI) to launch a Veteran Owned Business/Small Disadvantaged Veteran Owned Business (VOB/SDVOB)Validation Project targeted at opening new doors for diverse businesses who meet the criteria for VOBs/SDVOBs. This project will take these businesses to the next level of development and includes building capacity, diversifying veteran employment resources and empowering the veteran community.
“Enhancing veteran business development is the first step to aggressively address high veteran unemployment and to empower the veteran community, which includes us all,” states Meta J. Mereday, VEDI, Inc Founder. According to Victory Media, the U.S. Veteran population (including veterans, spouses and children) represents an underserved population with over $1 trillion in purchasing power and an uncompromised consumer base. “Current programs only address singular issues with little integration, thus many gaps in service continue to exist. This project begins at the root – business development – and branches out to all areas that impact the veteran community – jobs, family, housing, health and well being. Working together with The Council – with its extensive background in diverse business development within corporate America and representing the New York metro area – we will be in the heart of global business.”
VEDI, Inc. was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs that will grow veteran businesses and increase veteran employment. VEDI works with local colleges and universities to develop programs to increase veteran entrepreneurial training and employment outreach and veteran resource development. VEDI advocates for supplier and workforce diversity in the public and private sectors as well as state houses and federal agencies.
“Veteran-owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses have untapped potential that we envision as the new business development frontier. Working with the VEDI team and our corporate members to identify the suppliers who can benefit from their service to our country and their business expertise is a ‘win-win’ for all involved,” added Terry Clark, President & CEO, NY/NJ MSDC, Inc.
The Council, which was established in 1973, provides a vital link between major corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs). Each year, member corporations have reported billions of dollars spent with Council-certified Minority Business Enterprises. Serving the New York and New Jersey region, The Council is one of the 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC).
TopFlight LLC, an MVOB, is the Project Manager for the Validation Project. To register, go to http://www.topflightllc.net and open “Contact Us”, submit your business information and “VVP” in the comment section.
For more information about VEDI: call 917-886-7743. For more information about The Council: call 212-502-5663.