We SUPPORT our membership by working to empower veterans through business success by advocating for issues affecting veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) in North Carolina. We recognize veterans’ military service and work to support their endeavors as business owners.
We call this our behind-the-scenes work. It involves developing and maintaining relationships with state and local politicians and other business advocacy groups. We participate in relevant legislative and advocacy events. NC VetBiz is a member of the North Carolina Veterans Council and a participant of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and Their Families - an initiative started by the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
In the Spring of 2016, members of NC VetBiz participated in the 2016 Veterans Legislative Day in Raleigh, NC. NC VetBiz members were able to meet with legislators and voice our concerns about issues affecting veteran owned businesses in North Carolina.
The NC Veterans Business Association Supports the NC Veterans Council’s 2016 Legislative Goals:
- Allow service members to retain their earned priority of receiving Medicaid home and community based service waivers.
- Ensure that active duty service members re-enrolling in Community Colleges receive tuition assistance that does not exceed available federal tuition assistance.
- Ensure ability of partially disabled Veterans to park in handicapped persons parking space with appropriate medical requirements and VA disability determination.
- Support the establishment of a Women Veterans license plate.
- Increase visibility of current veterans employment data as a state measurement of being the most Veteran friendly state.
- Ensure equal tax treatment of federal, state, local, and military benefits.
Legislative activities in 2015 included participation in the 2015 Veterans Legislative Day in Raleigh, NC.
The NC Veterans Business Association Supports the NC Veterans Council’s 2015 Legislative Goals:
- Establish a NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, with Cabinet-level leadership position, to provide maximum access to veterans seeking health, education, employment and business assistance benefits.
- Ensure relevant military service experience is considered as it relates to licensing and credentialing.
- Support House Bill 114 and Senate Bill 348 To ensure the equal tax treatment of military, federal, state and local retiree benefits.
- Encourage and promote the use of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) for state and local government procurement and contracts.
- Protect service members, veterans and their families, by not increasing the cost of consumer installment loans or authorizing payday or car-title loans.