• Date
    Nov 14 - 16, 2018
  • Venue
    Phoenix Convention Center
    100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The Hero­Pre­neur NVBS can not take place with­out the help of these orga­ni­za­tions.

Checkered Flag Run Foundation

Check­ered Flag Run Foun­da­tion (CFRF), whose mis­sion is to pro­vide diverse edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams that impact under-served stu­dents and vet­er­ans. CFRF’s belief is access to qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties ensures the invest­ment of every stu­dent and Vet­er­an get­ting to cross the “fin­ish line”. CFRF is a 501(c)(3).

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

The Ari­zona Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Ser­vices (ADVS) pro­vides direct ser­vices to Vet­er­ans through the admin­is­tra­tion of 19 Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits Offices through­out the state — help­ing Vet­er­ans con­nect with their VA ben­e­fits, two skilled-nurs­ing Vet­er­ans’ Home facil­i­ties in Phoenix and Tuc­son pro­vide short and long-term care, the orig­i­nal Ari­zona Vet­er­ans’ Memo­r­i­al Ceme­tery in Sier­ra Vista, and two new ceme­ter­ies opened in 2016 in North­ern Ari­zona at Camp Nava­jo and in South­ern Ari­zona in Marana — north of Tuc­son.

In addi­tion, the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Ser­vices pro­vides crit­i­cal, state-wide coor­di­na­tion and tech­ni­cal assis­tance to ser­vices and orga­ni­za­tions serv­ing Vet­er­ans. This includes activ­i­ties such as coor­di­nat­ing ser­vices across pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors in serv­ing tar­get­ed pop­u­la­tions such as Vet­er­ans expe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness, and spe­cial needs for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of Women Vet­er­ans — many of whom are at-risk, as well as build­ing com­mu­ni­ty capac­i­ty to address Vet­er­an employ­ment and high­er edu­ca­tion.

Ser­vices pro­vid­ed by the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Ser­vices were instru­men­tal in con­nect­ing Arizona’s over 600,000 Vet­er­ans with over $399 mil­lion in Com­pen­sa­tion, Pen­sion, Edu­ca­tion­al and Med­ical ben­e­fits, and grants from the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs (link is exter­nal) in FY 2017.


Vet­Fran® was found­ed in 1991 by the late Don Dwyer Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say “thank you” to our vet­er­ans return­ing from the first Gulf War. After the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist attacks, the Inter­na­tion­al Fran­chise Asso­ci­a­tion (IFA) re-launched a cam­paign to assist U.S. vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies dur­ing the dif­fi­cult time.

Vet­Fran mem­ber com­pa­nies have grown into a large net­work of over 650 fran­chise brands that vol­un­tar­i­ly offer finan­cial dis­counts, men­tor­ship, and train­ing for aspir­ing vet­er­an fran­chisees and vet­er­ans seek­ing employ­ment. VetFran’s most recent sur­vey shows that over 238,000 vet­er­ans and mil­i­tary spous­es found oppor­tu­ni­ties in the fran­chise indus­try as either employ­ees or fran­chise own­ers. There are over 6,500 vet­er­ans that have become fran­chise busi­ness own­ers since 2011.

As tens of thou­sands of ser­vice men and women return from over­seas deploy­ments, and are dis­charged from the mil­i­tary, expand­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties are need­ed to ensure vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies can tran­si­tion into the civil­ian econ­o­my.

The fran­chise busi­ness mod­el pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, scal­a­bil­i­ty, and the need for oper­a­tional exe­cu­tion and excel­lence, offer­ing an ide­al career path to enable vet­er­ans to become pro­duc­tive par­tic­i­pants in the U.S. econ­o­my. Vet­Fran sup­ports vet­er­ans and their spous­es’ abil­i­ty to access fran­chise oppor­tu­ni­ties through edu­ca­tion on the fran­chise indus­try, finan­cial assis­tance, and indus­try men­tor­ship.


Nielsen’s Cor­po­rate Sup­pli­er Diver­si­ty pro­gram is com­mit­ted to increas­ing our company’s use of ser­vices and prod­ucts pro­vid­ed by cer­ti­fied diverse-owned busi­ness­es. This is crit­i­cal to the over­all suc­cess of our pro­cure­ment prac­tices and our role as a cor­po­rate cit­i­zen. Our ini­tia­tives inte­grate best prac­tices estab­lished by sup­pli­er diver­si­ty advo­cate orga­ni­za­tions and incor­po­rate cost lead­er­ship, rev­enue growth and efforts to fos­ter sus­tain­able diverse spend oppor­tu­ni­ties through­out the pur­chas­ing cul­ture of our com­pa­ny. We expect that that any sup­pli­er with­in our sup­ply chain will pro­vide us with inno­v­a­tive busi­ness solu­tions, con­tin­u­ous process improve­ments and best-in-class deliv­ery.

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Ari­zona His­pan­ic Cham­ber of Com­merce was found­ed in 1948 and incor­po­rat­ed in 1976. It has an estab­lished rep­u­ta­tion as a leader in set­ting the pace for busi­ness growth in today’s increas­ing­ly diver­si­fied mar­ket. In 1991, pro­grams were estab­lished through the non-prof­it AZHCC Foun­da­tion, to sup­port statewide eco­nom­ic and busi­ness devel­op­ment efforts and an edu­ca­tion­al schol­ar­ship fund.

The Ari­zona His­pan­ic Cham­ber of Commerce’s strong efforts to keep mem­ber busi­ness­es com­pet­i­tive and pro­gres­sive stems from the many pro­grams it pro­vides, includ­ing sem­i­nars, mar­ket­ing con­sul­ta­tions, lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. Over the past decade, the num­ber of Ari­zona His­pan­ic-owned busi­ness­es has increased sig­nif­i­cant­ly to about 50,000 statewide. About 30 per­cent of the state’s res­i­dents are of His­pan­ic ori­gin. The phe­nom­e­nal growth in the Lati­no com­mu­ni­ty is cre­at­ing a more diverse mar­ket­place. The AZHCC and its mem­bers are a vital link to future busi­ness rela­tion­ships with a cul­tur­al­ly diverse con­sumer, work­force and expand­ing glob­al econ­o­my.

Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers

The Ari­zona Roadmap to Vet­er­an Employ­ment, devel­oped in part­ner­ship by the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Ser­vices, Ari­zona Coali­tion for Mil­i­tary Fam­i­lies, and many pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor part­ners and share­hold­ers, is a com­pre­hen­sive statewide effort that focus­es on con­nect­ing ser­vice mem­bers, vet­er­ans, and their fam­i­ly mem­bers to employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties, train­ing, and resources.