As a national entity we aim to provide support in particular to the Service Disabled Veteran community such that disabled Veterans from Vietnam to our current conflicts can become self-sufficient financially through entrepreneurship and as such achieve the true American Dream they deserve.
We believe that service disabled Veterans can best raise our financial independence through entrepreneurship and company ownership and aim to achieve our mission through a number of specific initiatives.
Our diverse, highly experienced Veteran-led organization is made up of volunteers working within committees, chapters, advisory board and the corporate advisory board along with the national board of directors who govern and shape the future of the DVBA.
The California’s DVBE Program came into being during the time period when “affirmative action” programs were being expanded by state government. As a result, the DVBE Program is frequently and incorrectly associated with government programs intended to rectify discrimination.
Affirmative action programs are intended to provide equal opportunity to all citizens, while the DVBE Program provides proper recognition to Veterans who incurred permanent disabilities while in the service of their country.
More importantly, the DVBE Program’s design helps disabled Veterans rehabilitate positively into the economic mainstream in order to build successful businesses and to contribute to California and our country as entrepreneurs.
For the disabled Veteran seeking to begin or buy a business, the Alliance offers access to a network of the resources useful to the task of creating a start-up, buying an existing business, or participating in a franchise operation.
Beside the standard information any new business owner needs, the Alliance provides experienced disabled Veteran business owners to act as mentors and consultants to the prospective fellow disabled Veteran entrepreneur.
The Alliance will also develop a market place for older Veterans to sell their established, successful business to younger Veterans, giving them a leg up in the challenge of business ownership while preserving all the assets created by the original owner.
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Marty Keller is the Executive Director of the Disabled Veterans Business Alliance
(DVBA) after serving as Deputy Executive Director from July, 2014, through
December, 2016. The DVBA’s mission is to support disabled Veteran
entrepreneurs through training, networking, and connecting to public and
private programs to encourage business contracting with disabled Veteran
business enterprises (DVBEs).
Mr. Keller previously served as Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate for the State of California to which he had been appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May, 2007, and reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January, 2011.
In that capacity he was a tireless proponent of realigning state government priorities regarding the essential role of small businesses in the state’s economy. Recognizing that small business owners would have to play a major role in making that happen, he produced the first-ever Governor’s Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in November of 2008, where delegates voted out eleven recommendations for improving the working relationship between small businesses and state government. He then organized the Governor’s Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship II, held in Oakland in May of 2010.
He also worked diligently with internal state and federal government stakeholders whose work impacted small businesses to promote sharing of information, harmonizing efforts, and increasing service quality and effectiveness. As Small Business Advocate, he communicated directly and regularly with key legislators and staff on matters of concern to small businesses and disabled Veteran business enterprises.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. Keller was executive director of the California Automotive Business Coalition (CalABC) from 2001 through 2007. In that capacity he helped auto repair shops deal with the state’s regulatory environment and with strategies to improve the automotive repair market. During that time he served on the California Athletic Commission for two years and was elected Chairman in 2006. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Keller was president of Greenslip, Inc., an independent automotive inspection service in Silicon Valley. From 1995 to 1999, he served in the administration of Governor Pete Wilson as chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Additionally, in Governor Wilson’s first term, Mr. Keller served as chief of the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation and of the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair. These gubernatorial assignments included management of each regulatory program, conducting hearings and issuing regulations and disciplinary decisions. During the 1980s, Mr. Keller was national sales manager for Pacific Financial Printing, an independent graphics firm in San Francisco.
During his various terms of office, Mr. Keller has earned numerous awards for leadership and vision.
Keller earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and holds a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University.
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Over 1 million recently discharged veterans go into business for themselves
40% of recently discharged (post gulf war) veterans are going into business for themselves as opposed to 10% during Vietnam era
2.4 million service disabled veterans are out there since the gulf war, 40% will go into business
We employ over 6 million US workers and contribute over $6 billion in annual receipts