The VBN Field Manual




The Guide to Leading Practices- published by Syracuse
The Veterans Business Network is an organization with two primary goals: to develop the largest veteran-owned business database in the country, and assist with transitioning veterans from military to civilian life.

Our partners range from dedicated veteran organizations such as SCORE and the Small Business Administration of Veteran’s Affairs to private organizations across the country. With this network, VBN can fulfill its mission of assisting veterans across the country in their business and civilian life.

With these tools, connections, and a strong network forged on the web and in-person at live VBN meet-ups, veterans are made stronger and have more opportunities than ever before, all with a free VBN membership.

Steve White, Founder:
Immediately after college graduation Steve was drafted into the Army and took advantage of the option to attend Officer Candidate School. His leadership abilities were honed in combat as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Acting Company Commander with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. This military experience has helped him every day since, in various positions in banking, government, small business management, and managing his own marketing firm.

It also instilled a desire to assist veterans and guided him to start the Veterans Business Network, design and direct the entrepreneurship program for the NY Veterans Leadership Program, serve on the Veterans Task Force for Entrepreneurship, help draft and testify before Congress and assist in securing the appropriation for Public Law 106-50 (The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act) and to serve on the SBA’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

Mark Hodder, Founder:
Mark has been a small business owner and entrepreneur since discharged from the US Marines in 1969. With 30-plus years in operating a customer driven marketing communications company, Mark’s expertise is centered around loyalty marketing programs and their fulfillment. He draws on vast experience that integrates mail production, database application and print-on-demand delivery.


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Jack Howard Jacobs is a retired colonel in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War. He currently serves as a military analyst for MSNBC and previously worked as an investment manager.