Success Stories

We don’t succeed unless our members do. The stories below fill us with the amount of pride that we need to continue working towards our goal of a nationwide organization of success.

2018 Board Elected

Bedford - Lenny Graves Director of Corp Relationships - Andrea Gayle Bennett Brockton - Elizabeth Riley Manchester - Paul Lanouette JP - Charles Connelly Director At Large - Rita McCabe

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2015 Board of Directors Election Results

June 2015: We are happy to announce the following results: VBOI's 5th President Albert Tansey Bedford Director Andrea Gayle-Bennett, re-elected Brockton Director Dan Tereshko, re-elected Manchester Director Kathy Kuzmick Jamaica Plain Director Sambath Pho Director at...

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Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt Wins Award

November 2015- Congratulations to Mark and Rita McCabe for winning The Telegraph "Best of Greater Nashua 2015" award for their Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt shops in Nashua, New Hampshire! For more information: SubZero Ice Cream in New England, Mark and Rita McCabe ...

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Guest speaker: David Pease from NH-PTAP

David will give a presentation at the 6pm Business Gym class held at the VA center in Manchester, NH, and will be there at 5pm for the VBOA business meeting as well. Dave Pease has managed the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Program (NH-PTAP) since 2008...

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Guest Speaker: Tricia White on July 13

Tricia White....Social Media Expert VP of Creative Marketing (and Former SBA Senior Advisor) Mentors Vets Come and learn the ins and outs of social media for your business! Tricia will be starting at 5:30pm at the Business Gym class held at the VA center in...

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Angela B. Martin from Devine Millimet

Angela will give a presentation on May 11, 2015 at the 6pm Manchester, NH Business Gym class, held at the VA center in Manchester, NH. Angela co-chairs the firm's Startup Team, and will be discussing legal entity choices for small...

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VBOA Adds New Location – Jamaica Plain, MA

January 5, 2015 - The VBOA is proud to announce a new Business Gym campus located at the Jamaica Plain VA. Classroom times will take place on Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm in room C3-8. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact us.

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Lauren’s Greeting Cards Spread Joy

This success story is a bit different from the rest because this feature couple did not find the Veteran Business Owners Initiative, the organization found them! Lauren Fitzpatrick with the help of her husband Michael is the founder of Lauren’s Greeting Cards...

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Bedford Open House

Social Work Department’s Bedford VA’s Open House on June 6, 2014 was a great opportunity for the Veteran Business Owners Initiative to show off 22 businesses. Trucks with advertising wraps for ServPro and College Hunks Hauling Junk demonstrate the growth and success...

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IRS Awards VBOI 501C3 Status

June 23, 2014 - After 7 years of planning and IRS applications, the Veteran Business Owners Initiative (VBOI) has been granted status as “public non-profit charity” (501 C3). This entitles financial donors to make charitable tax reducing gifts to further the purposes...

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Lavender Laundry Opens in Taunton, MA

A comprehensive understanding of the hurtles that business owners face is a quality of the Veterans Business Owners Initiative that rookie business owner Josh Read has come to appreciate the most. After meeting members of the VBOI at a Yellow Ribbon Event, Josh knew...

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Wounded Veteran Sees Success in Carpentry Market

TJ Kearney would never have imagined that after serving 8 years in the United States Marine Corps he would be a successful business owner. The progression from wounded veteran to entrepreneur was not an easy feat for TJ, but luckily for him, he was able to beat the...

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Coast Guard Veteran Cleaning House!

United States Coast Guard Veteran Melanie Deschene learned a lot during her time in the military, but one value she has managed to replicate in her post-military career is her persistent effort to go above and beyond the call of duty in any work she commits to. In...

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College Hunks Hauling Junk

“From my first Business Gym class I could tell there was something special about the VBOI; the leadership, the vision, the caring, the education, the network, the support structure, and being surrounded by my fellow veterans.” – Dan Tereshko (College Hunks Hauling...

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News Archive 2013-2013

The VBOA, “Ten Years Later …” October 30, 2013 - Jerry Pinsky and group will be presenting the story of the VBOA, “Ten Years Later …” sharing the history and success of the organization for a workshop on October 30th. The talk includes the success of the program...

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