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Houston Regional Veterans Chamber of Commerce Foundation

“One Team - One Mission” ®

Houston, TX   |  https://www.HouVeteransChamber.org

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Mission

OUR VISION The premier leader of a thriving & robust Veteran Owned Business ecosystem, inspiring economic impact & community empowerment. OUR MISSION To encourage economic growth and development of the Veteran Business economy by being the lead conduit & catalyst of awareness, advocacy, development, and growth of Veteran Owned Businesses. We accomplish this through collaboration, advocacy, resource enrichment and business education, all while fostering a positive impact on the community and growing the economy, region wide. Driven By 4 Core Competencies 1. Creating a Strong Local Veteran Business Ecosystem 2. Promoting the Veteran Business Community AND Supplier Diversity 3. Providing Cooperative & Business Opportunities 4. Representing Veteran Entrepreneurs

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for supporting your local Veteran (Military Spouse) Owned Business, First Responder Business & Veteran Service Organizations do greater work in their communities.

Ruling year info

2022

President

Dave Weaver

Excutive Vice President, XO

John Cacolice

Main address

Mailing: 1201 Fanning St. Suite 262

Houston, TX 77002 USA

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EIN

87-2926425

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is not enough awareness of the Veterans Owned Businesses We want to help the Veterans Businesses Start, Grow & Scale. -- Helping VOBs Self Identify as Veteran Owned Business -- More ways to access capital and helping those VOBs become corporate ready as well as bankable. -- Helping those VOBs get the right certifications & designation to identify them as Veteran Owned. -- Bring awareness of Community, State & National Resource to the Veteran Business Owners.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Business Growth Academy

The program is designed for business owners and leaders ready to accelerate growth in their business You should register for this program if you are a Business Owner or Leader and you:

**own or run a Veterans' Support Organization (VSO),

**are a Veteran Owned Business (VOB), or

**own or lead a Patriot Owned Business serving Veterans or First Responders

Check out Testimonials from past participants, Click to find out what they liked most about the program!


Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel
Self-employed people
Veterans
Emergency responders

Where we work

Awards

Supplier Diversity Champion Award 2022

SubContractorUSA

Affiliations & memberships

Greater Houston Partnership - GHP 2021

Small Business Administration - SBA 2022

Houston Military Affairs Committee - HMAC 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Started in 2021

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Goal 6500 members

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During the Veterans Business EXPO 2022 we had ~650 attendee come and go through the EXPO supporting Veteran Owned Businesses - 2022 first Year of the Houston Veterans Business EXPO

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1:
Raise awareness of Veteran Owned Companies to other veterans, the Local regional population and the bigger business's in the region that want to support a veteran owned business that fits their supplier diversity through procurement.

Goal 2:
Build a robust community of resources & networks that help Veteran Entrepreneurs / Owners grow & thrive, with the ability to sustain and/or scale to better serve the community they live in.

Goal 3:
2024 Business Education for 500 Veteran Business Entrepreneur /Owners to be able to scale their business's to the next level, depending on what their specified need or challenge maybe. Through various educational programs and collaboration efforts.

The HVCC Strategy is multifaceted:
First and foremost is delivering extreme value to those involved in our HVCC mission.
Goal: Produce and publish a Veterans Business Economic
Impact report by 31 March 2024.

Cultivate Resources
From 250 to 500 Active Members by 31 Dec 2024.
From 100k to 550k in total revenue by 31 Dec 2024.
From no formal plan to formal plan for becoming the 10th Pillar of the GHP Strategy by 31 Dec 2024.
From no office space to managed office space by 31 Dec 2024.

Optimize Programs
From 0 to 2 Full-Time Employees by 31 Dec 2024.
From 0 to 4 Core Programs by 30 June 2024
From 1/63 to 1 /12 ratio of Pathfinders to Members by 31 Dec 2024.
From no Volunteer Management System (VMS) to formal VMS by 31 Dec 2024.

Engage Stakeholders
From 2 to 7 FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) by 31 Dec 2024.
From no signature Fund Development Event Plan to 1 signature Fund Development Plan by 31 Dec 2024.
From ad hoc measurement tools to a formal operational measurement tool by 31 Dec 2024.

2023
Maximize Advocacy
1. Create a structured partnership framework by 30 June 2023.
2. Move from obscurity to visibility by 31 December 2023.
3. Implement the structured partnership framework by 31 December 2023.

Accelerate Growth
1. Go from no revenue plan to a formal revenue plan by 31 March 2023.
2. Implement Formal Revenue plan by April 2023.
3. Go from no quantifiable economic impact metrics to a quantifiable
economic impact metric by June 2023.
4. Go from _____ to ______ economic impact indicators by 31 December
2023.

Optimize Governance
1. Go from no awareness to complete awareness of 5 Star Chamber structure by
31 Jan 2023.
2. Go from no infrastructure plan to complete infrastructure plan by 30 June 2023.
3. Implement phase I of the infrastructure plan by 31 December 2023.

We are relentless in Making sure Veteran Business are growing & Thriving.
Our Team of dedicated Veterans & Passionate Patriots bring years of Leadership Experience to the forefront.
Veterans represent a diverse cross section of the population and represent a number of various types of business.
Together with our Alliance & Resource partners there is nothing we can not accomplish.
We are Mission Driven and Driving the Houston Region Veterans Business Economy.

-In Less then 2 years we have brought a huge awareness of Veteran Owned Business by:
-Creating a Veterans Business Directory
-Creating a Veteran Business Interactive Map of Veteran Owned Companies
-Hosted with the City of Houston - Veteran Business Community Leaders Round Table Discussions to Bring Community Leaders together that have a stack in growing the Veterans Business Economy - has lead to several patnership and leveraging community resources to build awareness of the Veteran Businesses here in the Houston Region.
-Held a Veterans Business EXPO with the City of Houston - Highlighting 103 VOBs
-Held a Veterans Business Marketplace at Wings Over Houston ( Top 5 Airshows in the US) - Highlighting 20+ Veteran -Owned Business in one central tent in the Middle of the Airshow of 100,000+ attendees.
-We have over 215 Member and steadily growing and building awareness of the Veteran Business in the Houston Region to the General Public as well as Companies & Gov't Entities that would like to source from a Veteran Owned Company.
- Veterans Business EXPO 2023 is already being planned
- Veterans Business Marketplace 2023 is already being planned

All this has helped Houston go from #12 in the Nation to #5 in Veteran Entrepreneur / Owner support according to Penfed Foundation 2022 Report - Published 1 Nov 2022


How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Houston Regional Veterans Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dave Weaver

Houston Regional Veterans Chamber

Term: 2021 - 2025


Board co-chair

John Cacolice

The Lakes Group

Term: 2025 - 2021

John Garcia

Lone Survivor Foundation

Charles Pulliam

Solushiens LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.