With over 150 member companies ranging in size from one employ to 400 employees the TVBA captures the essence of the veteran business owner. We offer an extensive list of benefits in order to fit the needs of our diverse members. Our tiered benefits program allows members to join at various levels based on the benefits they would like to take advantage of, with annual memberships starting at $175.
1. The TVBA provides your business with an affordable marketing platform.
We emphasize the fact you are veteran owned, and your company is different for that reason. You understand service and sacrifice, and we make sure your customers know that. Our printed and on-line member directory will showcase your company to potential customers and teaming partners. We also help introduce you to similar companies that share your same mindset and values.
2. TVBA events offer opportunities to network, learn, and market your business.
We offer over 40 events a year for our members, ranging from monthly networking and social events, to educational sessions, political advocacy and annual meet and greet, dinners and special meetings with elected officials, as well as our main event: the Annual Business Expo held each January. Whether you are looking to connect with other area business people or looking to improve the way you do business, we have events that will suit your needs.
3. Help veterans in the job market.
We understand that not every veteran is interested in starting a business. This is why we offer a veteran only resume database on our website, and help the job-seeker network with the business community. We also offer resume writing and job search assistance.
4. Mentorship and Business Start-up Assistance.
When a veteran is looking to start a business, we can match them with a business owner in the same field. We have relationships with the TN Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, SBA, UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship, and financial institutions.
5. Government Advocacy
By working together, we offer a unified voice in legislative matters that affect us. We have built strong relationships with local elected officials so that we can assist you with
6. A Clearing House for all veteran issues in business and beyond.
The TVBA is strategically allied with the US Chamber, Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber, Innovation Valley Partners, University of Tennessee, and the Roane Alliance. We also have strong relationships with federal and state VA reps, veteran focused non-profits, local units and the East TN Military Affairs Council.
7. Get KNOWN on tnvetbiz.com, our Printed Member Directory and Local Media.
Our new interactive online membership directory launched in January 2012 and is quickly becoming a go to resource for information about Knoxville area veteran owned businesses. All TVBA members receive a promotional page and various interactive features are available dependent on the tiered benefit level a member decides upon. Members also have the ability to purchase add-on “bundles” to enhance their promotional page and maximize their opportunity with the website.
Our Printed member directory is distributed throughout the business community. We ensure that every local government agency, prime contractor, and small business advocate have a copy. We have working relationships with every local paper and the Knoxville Business Journal. In essence, we help tell the story of your business. We collectively advertise the TVBA, which in turn helps your business gain exposure.
8. Join the region’s leading businesses, with an added investment, and become a Champion Partner.
Champion Partner’s make a vital commitment to the growth of the TVBA through their enhanced investment. They also serve as key advisors, enjoy exclusive benefits, and maintain a close link to the organization.
9. Build working relationships with other like-minded business owners.
We take advantage of the special bond that we all share; we understand the lingo, the language, the stories, and the camaraderie that can only come from wearing the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. We are special, we understand and embrace the brotherhood, and we help you build your network with companies that share the same stories as you.
10. No Risk. Just Results.
Membership in the TVBA comes with a No Risk guarantee. If your involvement and benefits do not exceed your expectations in the first year, we will simply return your investment. That is how strongly we believe in the value of the TVBA’s benefits and services.