From Our Founder
Greetings fellow veteran business owners,
My name is Jonathan Williams and I would like to welcome you to the Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA)
The founding and formation of our Association represents an historic event. Our great state of Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State” but never before in the history of this great state has an association been so situated, and dedicated exclusively to the interests of veterans in business before now.
The “conscience of commerce” must never forget that America’s great free enterprise system and our way of life isn’t free. It’s been bought and paid for in the hard life currency of sacrifice by the men and women who have served our Nation in military uniform.
The pre-positioning and due diligence that has gone into crafting your Association has been substantial. Industrial, political and community alliances have been built with benefactors, patrons, and sponsors – well identified and supportive.
To be sure, military veterans are everywhere mixed in the business of America. However, unlike many other interest groups at the tables of opportunity, risk, and reward – veterans are largely unknown for who we are, what we’ve done, and what we, as entrepreneurs aspire to be. Above all, it’s what we have to offer that matters most.
In less than a half a generation military veterans as a population group will have plummeted. At the same time the population of the U.S. will have increased by a huge margin. Military veterans are on the downhill numeric curve as citizens of community and country. As a result, the number of veterans in business will likewise decline in proportion or worse.
The landscape of our culture of commerce is driven by lobbies, interest groups and the powerful influences of major corporations which shape the course of economic events and our national policies. TVBA fully intends to engage in these realms to help foster greater awareness, patronage, and as appropriate – business opportunity preferences for veterans with our federal and state governments.
Veterans in all walks of life have earned distinction by service to the country. TVBA is dedicated to the proposition that those who have borne the battle should be better recognized in the chambers of commerce. Commercium Pro Defensoribus…the time has come!
2011 Chairman and Founder
Tennessee Veterans Business Association