Veteran Business Certification with the NVBDC Webinar

Matt Sherwood, Executive Director of the Veteran Business Outreach Center for Small Business Administration will present the Veteran Certification Program for The NVBDC. It’s the nation’s leading third party authority for certification of veteran owned businesses of all sizes and the corporations wanting to engage them. The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) has launched its National Certification Management Systems (NCMS). The NCMS provides Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB/VOBs) and Sponsors with an easy and intuitive web based interface to complete the certification process. The NCMS provides a fast, accurate, and reliable way for SDVOB/VOBs, sponsors and employers to process, review and share SDVOB/VOBs certifications.

Goal Setting for Success

This hour-long workshop focuses on:

• Why set goals?
• Types of goals
• Criteria for setting goals
• Overcoming obstacles
• Proven goal setting tools
• Formula for Success

Gregory A. Keeler is the owner operator of GMS Keeler (GMSK) Consulting Group, and he helps businesses hire veterans.

Greg has 21 years of honorable military service with a background in Leadership Training, Operational Planning, and Team Building. Along with his military training he has an extensive background in recruiting and corporate staffing. Greg firmly believes we cultivate leaders, and it is never too early in life to start the process.

Biography: In the summer of 1990 Greg joined the United States Marine Corps, where spent the next 21 years in service. During his time in the Marines, Greg served three years as an Embassy Guard, in Prague, Czech Republic and Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also served three years as a recruiter in central Minnesota. In 2003 and 2004, Greg participated in the liberation of Iraq. He was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Before leaving the Marine Corps in 2011, Greg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Greg worked as a corporate recruiter with CompHealth before returning to Central Michigan University to earned his Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Leadership. Starting In 2012, Greg spent two years as State Representatives Brandon Dillon’s Policy Director. After leaving Representative Dillon’s office in 2014, Greg formed GMSK Consulting Group, LLC where he provides high-quality leadership consulting, coaching services and veteran assistant services.

Practical Business Education Opportunities for Small Businesses

Practical Business Education Opportunities for Small Businesses focused on growth, advising, and access to capital.

Presenter: David LeBoeuf, Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives associate, David’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Prior to joining ICIC, David worked as a divisional program manager at the Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency, where he provided strategic support to efforts related to regional economic redevelopment initiatives, public research investments, big data and talent development. He is involved in a variety of community development activities in the Worcester area, currently serving as the board president of the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation and the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central MA and as board vice-chair of the African Community Education program

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard College with a secondary in Spanish.

Cyber Security Webinar

Presenter: Ronald Kraus, Michigan Department of State Police

Mr. Kraus is Cyber Incident Response Specialist and was a founding member of the Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) when it was established in 2000. He was trained as a Digital Forensics Examiner and successfully completed an extensive training course to become a Certificed Computer Examiner (CFCE). Recently he has joined the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) as an Incient Response Specialist.

Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3): The MC3 is responsible for the coordination of combined efforts of cyber emergency response during critical cyber incidents in Michigan. Emphasis is placed upon prevention, response, and recovery from cyber incidents.

Computer Crimes Unit (CCU):  The CCU provides investigative support in the seizure, acquisition, and analysis of digital evidence including digital device forensic examinations for the law enforcement community.

Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force: The task force includes over 50 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who work together to investigate offenders who use the internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.

VA Credit Card

Dr. James N. Phillips Jr., PMP, CFCM, NCMA Fellow, Acquisition Chief

Dr. James N. Phillips Jr., PMP, CFCM, NCMA Fellow, Acquisition Chief will present a webinar on Department of Veterans Affairs September 2016 Government Purchase Card.  (VA Credit Card).  Learn about the General Services Administration SmartPay program’s current best practices for payment and charge cards.  The program currently serves some 350 agencies and organizations in managing payment cards for purchasing office supplies, travel accommodations and fleet transactions. Agencies spent approximately $26 billion in 2014 using cards, saving $1.7 billion compared to the cost of submitting paper purchase orders. 

Dr. Phillips, will explain the program and answer questions in this valuable webinar about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) financial policies and procedures regarding the Government Purchase Card Program. VA’s Purchase Card Program is part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) SmartPay Program and conforms to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The objectives of the Purchase Card Program are to: Reduce paperwork and administrative costs for the acquisition of supplies and services within the existing FAR; Streamline payment procedures and improve cash management practices, such as consolidating payments and reducing imprest funds; and provide procedural checks and feedback to improve management control.  In addition the use of purchase cards allows for rapid response for commercially available items by the customer and access to the Government market for small businesses.  

Common Mistakes Businesses Make in Their HR Practices

Webinar with Kimberly A. Benjamin, SHRM-CP, PHR,CERP,CBSP a subject mater expert in all matters of HR.


Kimberly A. Benjamin, is the President of HR Strategies Plus LLC, a global consulting company that assists organizations, associations, and businesses with their current human resource needs. She is also the Executive Director of A Purposed Transition, a non-profit organization designed to assist people in discovering their purpose through career and entrepreneurship exploration. Kimberly is a licensed and certified professional as State of Michigan Personnel Agent, Certified Employee Retention Professional (CERP), Certified Business Solutions Professional (CBSP), Certified Fred Pryor & CareerTrack Workshop Instructor, and Certified Human Resource Professional (PHR and SHRM-CP).

Kimberly’s has over 25 years of human resource experience working for Fortune 500 Companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Wal-mart, and the University of Michigan. She taught classes at University of Michigan College of Business, Wayne County Community College, Concordia University, Oakland Community College, and State of Michigan Mound Correctional Facility. Ms. Kimberly Benjamin is also the Author of a job search book and workbook, Producer of a 70-Part Business CD/DVD Series, and Founder of The Online Business Training Institute™ where individuals from all across the world comes to receive up to 70 hours of training from the comfort of their home, office, or business. Click here to schedule a 20 minute call with Kimberly A. Benjamin.

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WBE Certification

You Will Learn
• What is involved in the WBENC certification process?
• How to complete the application package?
• How to become part of a national database of certified women business enterprises?
• If you will benefit from being certified?
• Other resources that are available for small business.

Deb Loeser is presenting webinar on certification for women-owned business enterprises from, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC), Founded in 1984, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, as a champion for women, minority and small business owners and provides access to capital and corporate procurement opportunities, and small business educational support. Great Lakes WBC represents more than 1,000 WBENC-certified women’s business enterprises generating approximately $11.6 billion in annual revenue and employing 41,500 U.S. workers, as well as 88 corporate partners in a diverse range of industry sectors. For more information, visit

Deb Loeser, Women’s Business Center & Michigan Women’s Marketplace Manager, 734.695.1411 Direct Line
Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
33109 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150 734.677.1400 Main Office

How to Prepare for a Loan

Part I: Business Financing
We will review the importance of having a strategy for financing your start-up or expanding an existing business.

Part II: Financial Check-Up
The Financial Check-up will review some of the requirements that financial institution are looking for to qualify you as a loan candidate. Personal and business financial check-up are must when preparing for a loan. “Do you meet their test?”

Part III: Preparation for Start-ups and Existing Businesses
Preparing to finance a Start-up business requires different planning and strategizing than what would be used for an existing business. We will review some of various financial documents that may be required that will help you to prepare for your meeting with financial institutions.

Part IV: Resources
There are a variety of resources available for entrepreneurs and existing business owners. We will review a variety of resources that assist entrepreneurs with starting and managing a new business and existing business owners with managing and expanding existing businesses.

Abron Andrews, MBA, a service connected Disabled Veteran, proudly severed in the United States Navy from 1986-1998. He owned and operated his own business in San Diego, California. Abron joins us to proudly serve his fellow veterans after three years with Metro Community Development as a Loan Coordinator and Technical Assistant.
Having received a Master’s of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership from Ashford University in 2012 and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from National University in San Diego California in 2010.

Search Engine Optimization

Getting Found Online Workshop, Website and SEO Strategies for Your Small Veteran Owned Business.
1. What are Keywords
2. How to use Backlinks
3. Webpage design for Government Contracting

Presenter is Michael A. Golwitzer, He is a webpage developer and owner of his own webpages company, called Living Webpages, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Mike, a disabled American Veteran, retired from the US Army after 21 years. He works with VetBizCentral a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) to help veterans with their business goals.

Michael Golwitzer holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Computer Languages Certificate from the University of Michigan, he is experienced as a Computer Application Instructor. Mike also has been a Supervisor and Personnel Manager and is a member of Professional Education Services Group and life member of Disabled American Veterans.

Idea to Market

Presenter: Marty Sovis

Owner of Sovilok Manufacturing and current President of the Inventor’s Council of Mid-Michigan (ICMM), Marty Sovis will be presenting how to bring your idea to market. Contact Information: Marty Sovis, President ICMM 810-659-6741.
“Idea to Market” webinar will help you to face the many challenges of bringing your product to market. Ten valuable points will be presented with an opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Sovis.
The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization incorporated in Michigan to help inventors pursue their dreams of bringing new and innovative products to market. Our goal is to help fellow inventors succeed in the most efficient and least costly manner possible by providing education and business networking.  ICMM’s Meeting Location is Walli’s Restaurant & Banquet Center South at I-69 and Center Road (1341 S. Center Rd.) in Burton, Michigan. They meet at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month, just as they have since 1997. ICMM works to help keep independent inventors from being scammed by corrupt invention companies which take advantage of inventors who don’t understand the patent and licensing process for new products.  The primary directive is to offer educational information to inventors and opportunities for networking with fellow inventors and small businesses!

How to protect your business idea, brand and information with patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.

Howard & Howard Legal Firm has developed one of the country’s premier intellectual property (IP) practices with an experienced team of engineers-turned-attorneys, who know a good idea when they hear it and know how to protect it.

Howard & Howard works to protect IP rights with patents, copyrights and trademarks that survive even the toughest legal challenges. They also assist clients in a broad array of IP related matters from protection, sale or licensing of IP to enforcing IP rights that are violated by others.  They also provide general business services from formation of a company and general business agreements to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

The following is an overview of the practice of Howard & Howard:
• Protection of IP with Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
• Licensing or sale of IP
• Non-disclosure agreements and protection of Trade Secrets
• Enforcement of IP rights including filing lawsuits alleging infringement, or defending against allegations of infringement by others
• Technology law audits
• General Business Law and Agreements
• Howard & Howard is law for business

Starting A Business Webinar

First part of webinar was not recorded due to technical problem.


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration. 
Topics and Subject Matter: 
Essential Tips 
Business Plans 
Market Research 
Handouts: Resource Guide, Check List, Startup Procedures and copy of Slide Presentation. 

Value Propositions: Attract, Retain & Profit From The Right Customers

Are you attracting the right customers to your business?

Do your customers understand how your product or service will benefit THEM?

What value are you bringing to a potential customer?

The Value Proposition Webinar will show you how to design a method to understand the “fit” between your product and customers. You’ll understand how pains and gains can work to your advantage to attract customers.

Brian Richardson has partnered with VetBizCentral to bring you this valuable webinar.  Brian is the founder of Through coaching and training, he helps veteran-owned small businesses build or repair their value proposition and business model strategy so that they can attract, retain and profit from the right customers.

B2B Services with Pure Michigan Business Connect and MEDC


Mr. Jacob Schroeder is Pure Michigan Business Connect Services Director. B2B Services with Pure Michigan Business Connect and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a multi-billion dollar public/private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) connecting buyers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services.

Michigan companies can sign up for free to access this premier Business-to-Business (B2B) network and be introduced to opportunities to expand their supply chain within the state and access Michigan service providers; including pro bono and discounted services such as legal, accounting, web development, logistics and human resource assistance.

Growing second-stage companies are also encouraged to attend the webinar to explore PMBC and the Economic Gardening® program which offers powerful resources to launch companies into the next stage of growth at no additional cost to those who qualify.

Have you considered Franchising?


Gearge G. Eldgridge, Manager of VetFran will answer questions and discuss franchising for the veteran and family member. VetFran® was founded in 1991 by the late Don Dwyer Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say “thank you” to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the International Franchise Association (IFA) re-launched a campaign to assist U.S. veterans and their families during the difficult time. VetFran member companies have grown into a large network of over 650 franchise brands that voluntarily offer financial discounts, mentorship, and training for aspiring veteran franchisees and veterans seeking employment. VetFran’s most recent survey shows that over 203,000 veterans and military spouses found opportunities in the franchise industry as either employees or franchise owners. There are over 5,600 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011. The franchise business model provides comprehensive training opportunities, scalability, and the need for operational execution and excellence, offering an ideal career path to enable veterans to become productive participants in franchise opportunities through education on the franchise industry, financial assistance, and industry mentorship.