By Karen Axelton

veteran business ownersVeterans and members of the military who own businesses have a new resource they can use to connect with other business owners, get access to information, collaborate and connect with potential government and private-sector customer.

Launched in July, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) was founded by two women entrepreneurs with years of experience. Co-founder Debbie Gregory is CEO of Military Connection, a website that provides resources and information for members of the military, veterans and their families. For Gregory, VAMBOA was a logical next step.

“We have a tough economy, and those who have served our nation have made a lot of sacrifices and deserve to have help,” Gregory told the Ventura County Star in a recent article.

Co-founder Patty DeDominic, a consultant and former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, stepped in to help Gregory. Both women are the daughters of military veterans.

VAMBOA already has several thousand members nationwide. The organization charges no dues; it relies on corporate sponsorships for funding. The organization is currently running a survey to find out what members need and the direction they would like VAMBOA to take. Visit the VAMBOA Web site for more details.