The United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce (USVCC) is a 501c3 and 501c6 veteran organization connecting corporate America, government, and small businesses to our Nation’s veterans and veteran owned businesses. Through various programs including financial, contracting, educational and many other USVCC tools, the Chamber is a one stop shop for both corporations seeking bid-ready veteran owned businesses(VOB) for procurement and VOBs interested in corporate contracting.
The National USVCC office, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the governing body to uniformly run regional and state chambers. The breakdown of the regional chambers are: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest with approximately 8-12 states encompassed in each region.
Membership to the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce for VOBs and SDVOBs include:
1. Live third-party certification for veteran owned businesses through local and regional chambers
2. Veteran Owned Business Evaluation Program to ensure VOBs are bid-ready
3. Matchmaking corporations with VOB’s
4. Tier 1 & Tier 2 contracting
5. Wellness programs for veterans and veteran owned businesses
6. Financial tools
7. Leadership and education scholarships
8. Veteran employment
9. USVCC Annual Summit
10. USVCC Veteran Podcast
Michael Zacchea, Lt.Col. Marine Corps (ret) is the Executive Director of the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Zacchea served overseas in Somalia, Haiti, and finally in Iraq to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (with Valor device), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign awards. Since his retirement from the Armed Forces, Zacchea has helped create and run many nonprofits such as Netroots: an organization of military advisers helping Iraqi interpreters immigrate to the United States, University of Connecticut Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities which has incubated hundreds of veteran businesses, and is an active participant in various CT Dept. of Veteran Affairs groups and initiatives. Michael Zacchea now brings his leadership and strength of the veteran culture as the Executive Director of the USVCC.
Leading the USVCC Board of Directors, is Chairman and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Paul “Buddy” Bucha. Chairman Bucha served in Vietnam as a Captain and commander of Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment who infamously stumbled upon a full North Vietnamese army battalion during a routine mission. Throughout the night, Bucha’s heroism shined as he single handedly destroyed bunkers, encouraged his men, and distributed much needed supplies to soldiers who were cut off from D Company. Once his tour in Vietnam ended, Bucha went on to teach at West Point, work as chief of operations in Iran for Ross Perot’s company, and start multiple companies and nonprofits of his own. It is the USVCC’s honor to have Paul Bucha as the Chairman to the experience rich USVCC Board and Advisory members.
In two years, the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce will have a presence in all 50 states, over a quarter of a million veteran business members, and 200 Fortune 1000 corporations. Live certification and membership is available for VOBs, SDVOBs, Gold Star spouses, and caregivers of 100% disabled veteran businesses. Memberships are available for veteran friendly businesses.
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