We Want You… Veteran Owned Businesses


Supplier Connection and its corporate and large organizational buyers are always on the lookout for qualified small and diverse firms for the platform.

Veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned firms are a special part of that outreach; and they were the focus of a recent event in Cary, North Carolina.

At a North Carolina Veteran’s Business Association, Inc (NC VetBiz) Business Education Workshop, Shanna Schroeder, program manager of supplier diversity and Supplier Connection at IBM, and The Institute presented an overview of Supplier Connection.

The Institute leads the NC Supplier Connection, a Regional Growth Partner.

The presentation introduced attendees to the platform, explained the registration process, and emphasized the need for suppliers to fully and thoroughly complete their Supplier Connection profiles, including uploading any diversity certifications.

It also highlighted the educational resources, such as the Supplier Connection Supplier Development Academy, available to registered suppliers.

More than two dozen veteran entrepreneurs attended the event.

NC VetBiz is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which aims to support, educate, and connect veteran and service-disabled veteran business owners across the state.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), and SAS were host partners.

If you’re a veteran or service-disabled veteran business owner in North Carolina or anywhere in the United States and you have not yet registered for Supplier Connection, please do so today.

Our buyers are looking for you, and thank you for your service.