For Immediate Release: Economic News: Veteran-Owned Businesses
October 9, 2018 – Rapid Application Group, LLC is proud to announce that it has earned the exclusive designation as a Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise™ (VBE) from the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. To be eligible for the designation as NaVOBA Certified VBE™, the applicant firm must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more U.S. military veterans. At its core certification is a protection for both veteran-owned businesses as well as the corporations and organizations that do business with them.
Rapid Application Group (RAG) is a leading supplier of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing for plastic and metal prototype and production parts.
RAG is ITAR certified and AS9100 compliant.
NaVOBA’s VBE Certification ensures the firms that receive contracts are truly deserving of the opportunity. Heather Herndon-Wright, Director of Supply Chain Diversity for Dallas-based Vistra Energy and a NaVOBA Board Director, said verification and validation of the ownership, control and management of suppliers participating in the company’s supplier diversity initiatives is critical to the integrity of Vistra’s efforts.
“NaVOBA’s certification ensures we are utilizing and developing companies that are truly owned, controlled and managed by the veterans we are endeavoring to support, and not front companies for non-qualified individuals or businesses,” Wright said.
“People can easily say ‘I’m a veteran-owned business’ when they really aren’t.” NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek said. “Corporations will not risk the accuracy of their Supplier Diversity spending goals by recording spend on contracts with firms that say they are owned by veterans if they aren’t absolutely certain of the ownership, operation and control of that firm. Working with a third-party nonprofit organization like NaVOBA and its VBE certification program provides that certainty.”
“We are thrilled and honored to be officially certified by the NaVOBA.” Rapid Application Group CEO Terry Hill said. “As additive manufacturing becomes a viable supply chain option for all industries, we are proud to help deliver mission-critical, advanced manufacturing solutions and train & employ our US military veterans.”
About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals. It is the mission of NaVOBA to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education. NaVOBA provides a direct link between corporate America and veteran’s business enterprises, to improve business opportunities for VBEs of all sizes.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
NaVOBA Media Relations Team
(724) 362-8622 ext. 103