Boca Raton City Council Workshop Meeting

The NDVBC attended the City of Boca Raton’s City Council Workshop Meeting on 9/25/2017 and submitted proposed language for amending their Article 11 procurement ordinance.  The City Council is planing to vote (9/26/2017) on some language which mirrors the State’s 295.187 legislation, which the NDVBC is against.

Here is the video: NDVBC start time: 54:00

Here (Boca Article 11 amendment) is the proposed language the NDVBC submitted to the City Council for consideration.

 

Senator Nelson’s Response

It is a very sad state of affairs, that a duly elected sitting US Senator is virtually neutered by the VA.

The NDVBC will send Senator Nelson our proposed plan to address the lack of accountability and oversight with the VA, specifically the West Palm Beach VAMC.  For years they have been allowed to deny earned benefits to our Veteran community and no one seems interested in rectifying the situation!

Senator.Nelson.VA.Response

Boca Raton City Council Considers…

The NDVBC has been attending meetings with Boca Raton’s City Council regarding amending their, Article 11 Procurement Ordinance, to include Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. Boca Raton’s City Council will be holding a “workshop” on 9/11/17 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.  SDVOSB’s are encouraged to attend and voice their support of this proposed amendment.

WPB City Commissioners Meeting

8.28.2017.WPB.Commissioners.Meeting

https://vimeo.com/channels/781232

(Video link above: NDVBC starts at 36:18 through 39:34)

Above is the link to the comments that the NDVBC’s Board President shared with the City of West Palm Beach Commissioners on Monday, August 28, 2017.  It is unfortunate that the City has employees that say one thing and are allowed to do another.  The NDVBC expects to be held to the same level of accountability by those they advocate for.  The NDVBC continues to self-fund all of their empowering Veteran initiatives.  The NDVBC does not charge their members for the advocacy that they provide and the NDVBC does not receive grants, public or private. 

The NDVBC has requested a meeting with each of the City’s leadership to address the ongoing issues.  We’ll see who responds and share the results…

9/1/17 Update: Not one response yet…

9/5/17 Update: Not a single response…

City of West Palm Beach: Vacant Lot Donation

Veteran Community Resources, Inc., requested four (4) vacant lots from the City of West Palm Beach’s surplus property inventory list of 17, for our Veteran Affordable Housing Program.  The City donated one (1) to VCR.  The attached list shows the ongoing disparity of donations.  VCR’s leadership has met with the Director of Housing and Community Development regarding the topic of donated surplus property, and on several occasions the Director stated that a certain not-for-profit organization would not be getting donated properties on this round, as they have already received plenty.  That obviously did not come true. _Awarded Non-Profit Applications Track Sheet.xlsx Non _ Profit Applications Track Sheet.xlsx (2) Award-Veteran Non _ Profit Applications Track Sheet.xlsx (2)

 

9/5/17 Update: The City of West Palm Beach has not followed through on their promises again.  Here it is September, and the simple transfer of the vacant lot is still not done.  The popularly know saying, “Government is slow” is just an excuse for lazy and incompetent workers.  Government is not slow, people that work in government are slow.  Why work with any quality business acumen, they know their next direct deposit will be there.  Proof positive as to the direct distinction between public and private sector, standard operating procedures.  And the beat goes on… 

Veterans Career and Resource Fair

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will be hosting their annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair!

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Where: Va Medical Center Main Atrium – 7305 N. Military Trail WPB, FL 33409

The event will host a number of employers and agencies designed to promote career opportunities, internships, and work-shops to our Veteran community.

The following are expected to attend:

G4S
Career Source
Dress for Success
US Postal Service
St. Lucie County (Did Not Attend)
PC Professor
South FL Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail)
Publix
Score
Jewish Family Services
PBSC
LGBT
Humana Health
The National Disabled Veteran Business Council (Veteran Service Organization)
South Florida National Cemetery
Aurora Outreach
Faith, Hope, Love, Charity (Did Not Attend)
We will post a follow-up after the event…
6/7/17 Update
The NDVBC and VCR representatives attended the event as scheduled.  The VA marketed the event as a Veterans Career and Resource Fair.
But when we entered, this is what we saw…

In any event, we had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of Veterans, and some non-Veterans decided to show up too.

We met several SDVOSB’s that expressed their disdain of the procurement disparity at the Federal, State and Local governments towards Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses.

This is why the NDVBC continues to advocate for Veterans in Business!

 

 

WPB Procurement Ordinance Amendment

The NDVBC has been working with the City of West Palm Beach to amend its ordinance.  On April 24, 2017 the City Commissioners voted and approved the new procurement ordinance which goes into effect June 1, 2017.

Watch the video below…  or Read the entire ordinance ACM21365

A great big, “Thank You” to the City of West Palm Beach from the SDVOSB’s we represent and advocate for!

Thank You BMH Concrete!

A great big “thank you” to BMH Concrete for their very generous donation to the Veteran Affordable Housing Program (VAHP).

Veteran Community Resources & The National Disabled Veteran Business Council was in need of a quality, reputable and reliable concrete company.  When we called to order our concrete, BMH Concrete generously donated our entire order!  WOW!

From speaking with Major, to receiving our order from Dennis, BMH Concrete went above and beyond!  The Veteran community which our two organizations serve, sincerely appreciate your caring and giving hearts!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH BMH CONCRETE!

City of West Palm Beach Surplus Property Request

The City of West Palm Beach has recently opened 17 surplus properties to be donated to local non-profit organizations.  VCR has submitted our request and will inform you of the results shortly…

VETERAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM

Veteran Community Resources, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 Community Housing Development Organization presents its,  Veteran Affordable Housing Program. In conjunction with its local partners, VCR has strategically aligned to offer newly constructed homes to our Nation’s deserving active service members and/or Veterans.

VCR will utilize a portion of the proceeds from the sales of earlier Veteran Affordable Housing Program projects, coupled with requested City funds to adequately fund the this project.   The development proposal is requesting that the four WPB City owned properties be donated to VCR along with the requested funds and in return, VCR will construct four 3 bedroom/2 bathroom 1,200 sq. ft concrete block homes to be sold at VAHP guideline discounts to qualified active service members and/or Veterans and their families.

Florida has the third largest population of Veterans in the nation after California and Texas with more than 1.6 million Veterans – 12 percent of the Sunshine State’s population 18 and over.  There are more than 231,000 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who claim Florida as their home of record.  Florida has more than 160,000 women Veterans.  Florida has the largest population of World War II Veterans in the nation with more than 164,000.  Florida has the third largest population of disabled Veterans in the nation with more than 249,000

The outreach efforts to the Veteran community will be in partnership with, The National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc., a 501 (c) 19 Nationally Recognized Veteran Service Organization.  Outreach to the Florida National Guard & Reserves, ESGR, VA, Vet Centers, Veteran Service Organizations, and the like, are examples of the VAHP outreach efforts for qualified active service members and/or Veterans.

To qualify for these newly constructed homes, 80% AMI qualified active service members and/or Veterans must have a certified DD-214 with an honorable discharge and demonstrate the ability to financially qualify for the home. Upon completion, the neighborhoods will have gained the added value of productive members of society, and the City will have increased its tax rolls by four.

VCR will provide approved VA Lender contact information who can offer assistance with completing the checklist of initial documents needed to apply for a VA Home Loans or other mortgage products  whichever is the best value to the Veteran.

CHDO Certification – Veteran Community Resources, Inc.

Great News!

Veteran Community Resources has just been given the certification as a CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) Veteran Community Resources – CHDO Certification

Recently, the City of West Palm Beach has 17 properties that they are offering to non-profit organizations.  VCR has submitted our request to the Director of Housing for approval.

VETERAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM

Veteran Community Resources, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 Community Housing Development Organization presents its,  Veteran Affordable Housing Program. In conjunction with its local partners, VCR has strategically aligned to offer newly constructed homes to our Nation’s deserving active service members and/or Veterans.

VCR will utilize a portion of the proceeds from the sales of earlier Veteran Affordable Housing Program projects, coupled with requested City funds to adequately fund the this project.  The development proposal is requesting that the four WPB City owned properties be donated to VCR along with the requested funds and in return, VCR will construct four 3 bedroom/2 bathroom 1,200 sq. ft concrete block homes to be sold at VAHP guideline discounts to qualified active service members and/or Veterans and their families.

Florida has the third largest population of Veterans in the nation after California and Texas with more than 1.6 million Veterans – 12 percent of the Sunshine State’s population 18 and over.  There are more than 231,000 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who claim Florida as their home of record.  Florida has more than 160,000 women Veterans.  Florida has the largest population of World War II Veterans in the nation with more than 164,000.  Florida has the third largest population of disabled Veterans in the nation with more than 249,000

The outreach efforts to the Veteran community will be in partnership with, The National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc., a 501 (c) 19 Nationally Recognized Veteran Service Organization.  Outreach to the Florida National Guard & Reserves, ESGR, VA, Vet Centers, Veteran Service Organizations, and the like, are examples of the VAHP outreach efforts for qualified active service members and/or Veterans.

To qualify for these newly constructed homes, 80% AMI qualified active service members and/or Veterans must have a certified DD-214 with an honorable discharge and demonstrate the ability to financially qualify for the home. Upon completion, the neighborhoods will have gained the added value of productive members of society, and the City will have increased its tax rolls by four.

VCR will provide approved VA Lender contact information who can offer assistance with completing the checklist of initial documents needed to apply for a VA Home Loans or other mortgage products  whichever is the best value to the Veteran.

Shameful attempt by County Commissioner McKinlay

Commissioner McKinlay shamefully attempts to discredit the National Disabled Veteran Business Council’s efforts of true advocacy for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses in the County.  The NDVBC is an advocacy for Veterans in business  and with National Recognition from the VA Central Office in Washington, DC, as a Veteran Service Organization, Commissioner McKinlay attempts to minimize this recognition and delegitimize our field tested Veteran initiatives that EMPOWER Veterans and not ENTITLE them, while administrator Baker rattles off the statistics of the Veteran services within the County, of which none offer the services the NDVBC offers (at no cost), then states our services are not needed.  A two billion dollar County budget, and the Commissioner’s love and admiration for those that served our Country are given a $286k budget for all of the services the County offers Veterans, many of which are duplicitous of the VA.

VA National Recognition!

Great News! 

The NDVBC has received notification from the Washington, DC  Central VA Office of our National Recognition!

What does this mean and why is it so important to receive National Recognition from the VA?

Quite simple, it prevents other agencies from blocking the NDVBC from its mission of assisting our Veteran Community.

Once we receive the official letterhead in the mail, we’ll post it here.

VSO-Directory

(NDVBC listed on page 57)

NDVBC & VCR Address County Commissioners

On Tuesday November 1, 2016 The Executive Director of the National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc., along with the Executive Director for Veteran Community Resources, Inc. addressed the County Commissioners during the public comments forum. The NDVBC previously requested individual meetings with the Commissioners to address specific issues not suited for a public agenda, but instead, was asked to appear at this public forum.

Affordable Housing Program

FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD/RESERVIST AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM:

The National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc. is proud to announce its Veteran Affordable Housing Program of Palm Beach County in conjunction with the City of West Palm Beach.

View Flyer

If you would like the NDVBC to contact you with specific information about the Veteran Affordable Housing Program, Click Here to submit your interest and contact information.

Attention Palm Beach County SDVOB’s!!!!

Recent email sent out by the Executive Director of the NDVBC to all Palm Beach County SDVOB’s

Greetings once again fellow Veteran business owners,

For those of you that have responded to our last outreach email, thank you! We certainly are looking forward to your assistance and involvement with moving the realistic procurement opportunities forward.

As mentioned previously, we are expecting to receive and review the draft from the City of West Palm Beach’s newly proposed procurement ordinances, which will include SDVOB’s. Once we have that, as well as the dates for the two public readings, we will be sharing that information, only with those of you that have expressed an interest in this initiative that the NDVBC has enacted on your behalf.

As well, we mentioned our intentions to replicate our efforts into the County. We will be addressing the County Commissioners on November 1st at 2:00 PM on this topic and are asking all SDVOB’s that could potentially benefit from this effort to join us at this time.

The NDVBC is advocating to both, the City and the County, that the NDVBC be the Veteran Service Organization that brings the much needed accountability and oversight component to this procurement process. Ultimately, the organization that “vets the SDVOB’s and continues to advocate for them though procurement opportunities.

Please advise via this email your intentions and involvement, specifically the upcoming November 1st County Commissioners public meeting.

Enthusiastically,
Michael Bolduc
Executive Director
NDVBC.ORG
561.289.7308 direct

Wells Fargo Bank Makes Generous Donation

VETERANS CORNER:

The National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc., a not-for-profit Veteran Service Organization, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fl is an advocacy for Veterans in business coupled with Accountability and Oversight for Veteran initiatives, and has recently received a donation from Wells Fargo Bank.
The generous donation was made from Wells Fargo’s (CUSP) Community Uplift Stabilization Program and will reconstitute the Veteran Training and Affordable Housing Program that the NDVBC created in 2012. The single family home, located in Lake Worth, Fl will be project managed by; Veteran Community Resources, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization and upon the completion of all renovations, will become available to a Military Veteran and their family. Qualified Veteran owned businesses that have an interest in subcontracting opportunities for projects that benefit our Veteran community should contact the NDVBC.org

Available Internship for VetHouse

The National Disabled Veteran Business Council, Inc. is offering a 6 month internship for post 9/11 Service Connected Disabled Combat Veterans. Upon the successful completion, the individual is guaranteed full-time employment with the Veteran Service Organization. The candidate will have an opportunity to reside in the 6 bedroom 8 bath home located in a high end gated community in a resort like setting in Palm Beach County Florida.
The agency is currently developing a program called VetHouse, which highlights the positive interactions among the resident veterans. The Veterans must have a limitation that is an obstacle to employment and is not currently being treated for physiological/substance abuse issues.

Front Yard
Front Yard
Back Yard
Back Yard

• 6 MONTH UNACCOMPANIED TOUR
• EXUDE STRONG CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY
• AGREE TO LIVE UNDER HOUSE RULES
• COMPLY WITH PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
• DESIRE TO WORK WITH OTHER VETERANS
• ABILITY TO LEARN NEW INFORMATION AND SUPERVISE OTHERS
• CAREER ORIENTED
• PARTICIPATE IN ADAPTIVE SPORTS SUCH AS DIVING, SAILING, SNORKELING AND SURFING

Interested Veterans Contact: Michael Bolduc, Executive Director 561.289.7308

Veteran Community Resources 501 (c) 3

Veteran Community Resources:
A 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization founded for the purposes of providing empowerment programs such as; Training, Employment and Affordable Housing for the Veteran Community.

Veteran Community Resources was initially named Florida Friends for Life and was founded in 2010, a registered, not for profit veteran community based organization in Florida, which was initially formed to assist elderly veterans in South Florida’s area nursing homes. This former organization faced extreme challenges with raising funds which caused the agency to become inactive. Fortunately for the veteran community the mission has recently been redirected and funded by, The National Disabled Veteran Business Council. Being a 501 (c) 19 Veteran Service Organization and unable to apply for grants or receive tax deductible donations, this joint-venture was developed for the ultimate benefit of the veteran, which is a marked difference from other existing programs that promote entitlement rather than encourage empowerment.

The NDVBC was founded 2007 in Washington D.C. to address the inequities in federal procurement for SDVOB’s. The NDVBC has assisted these state organizations in the areas of membership development, legislation, education and the training of its members and potential members. The NDVBC represents its membership at the national level, and promotes federal legislation favorable to the business community. In 2011 the NDVBC has developed several community based empowerment programs here in south Florida. These programs are focused on training and employment that is specifically designed for veterans.

Recently the operation of these programs has been turned over to Veteran Community Resources. The newest program; VETFORCE offers local employers an avenue to utilize veterans that have years of experience in the field of construction. The 180 day training opportunity confirms the veterans’ employability while focusing on wellness to ensure job sustainability. Daily attendance as well as attentiveness provides us with an important tool offering third party verification to potential employers. Many veterans experience issues assimilating into civilian life and work. The state of Florida has recently licensed The NDVBC as an approved training provider. Initially the school will focus on construction but we are actively seeking sponsors in the fields of I.T. and manufacturing. Although the academics for construction are the same, the delivery method will be quite different. All instructors and field superintendents will be veterans and maintain a regimented approach towards training requirements. This new initiative focuses on success to encourage and guarantee sustainable employment. Trainees will receive initial construction core curriculum related to entry level knowledge of all trades. The academics will consist of over 800 hours of basic safety, communication skills and an introduction to construction drawings required to create a foundation to learn the various trades in the building industry. Successfully completing this curriculum provides the veteran trainee the basic skills needed for gainful and sustainable employment.

Veteran Training Academy Blocked by Florida’s C.I.E. (Commission for Independent Education)

Although approved by Florida’s Department of Education as a pre-apprenticeship in construction, C.I.E. is refusing to issue our letter of exemption! As we followed the protocol and contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs to be approved so that the Veteran would be compensated for training, we were told that the Veteran Training Academy needed to also be approved by C.I.E.
Upon further review of C.I.E.’s qualifications for approval, the Veteran Training Academy could not be approved on their own, but because the Veteran Training Academy has a qualified sponsor, they are allowed an exemption, which is being refused to be granted, ultimately denying many Veterans this much needed pre-apprenticeship training. We have appealed to the Commissioner of the Department of Education as well as Governor Scott’s office, to no avail, they have refused to address the facts. Recently the Veteran Training Academy has requested an extension from the Department of Education as we navigate the egregious behavior from the State towards our Veterans.