In the War of the American Revolution, the “Elite” were defined as that group of warriors whose disabling wounds “must keep them forever again from the field of battle.” A tradition dating back to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, immediately prior to the start of hostilities, opposing commanders met to arrange for those who would be maimed in duty. Excluded from further fighting, these patriots were returned to society and were named the Elite for the status they’d earned on the battlefield. With a nod to military history, the Elite SDVOB Network was named in recognition of veterans who have been disabled in connection with their military service and seek to contribute to this country’s business enterprise.
A non-profit 501(c)19 corporation, the Elite SDVOB Network was established over fifteen years ago. After serving their country, veterans have historically found themselves struggling as business owners. With a desire for independence and the ability to contribute to a national business community, a group of veterans established an organization to advocate on behalf of service-disabled veterans and veteran-owned small businesses: The Elite Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Network. Elite enjoys a national presence that encompasses 45 states and the Territory of Puerto Rico. With chapters continuing to form across the nation, the Elite SDVOB Network has attracted the participation of thousands of companies whose collective voice is gaining attention throughout the federal procurement space.
Some of our local accomplishments in working with government policy makers to promote veteran business engagement: