TVBA hosts networking event

The Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA), a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance and networking opportunities for military veterans and their families, hosted a networking event in Knoxville May 11, 2017.

The event was held at Villa Collina, the lakeside mansion of TVBA president and entrepreneur Dr. Eric W. Barton.

Jonathan Williams, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, founded TVBA in 2010 after starting his own business and recognizing the need for a local association of veteran business owners. Barton recently assumed leadership of TVBA and is eager to expand its reach and impact for Tennessee’s military veterans.

“I look forward to lending to other veterans my expertise as president and CEO of 23 companies, ranging from a transportation and logistics business to a state-of- the-art horse ranch,” Barton said. “I’m eager to work with Jonathan to expanding the reach of TVBA and help other veterans across Tennessee start their own businesses or find the right job opportunities.”

The organization offers multiple levels of membership and is open to veterans and veteran-owned businesses. Membership fees are waived for individuals who are active duty or one-year removed from active duty.

For membership information and to join the organization’s email list for notification about future events, visit https://gotvba.com/.

The TVBA provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance, and networking opportunities to military veterans and their families. The organization also assists veterans in finding rewarding employment and supports the work of both public and private sector organizations who offer charitable support to current service members and veterans. For more information and to join, visit https://gotvba.com/.

The Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) held a relaunch event at lakeside mansion Villa Collina on May 11. Program participants, from left, included TVBA President Dr. Eric W. Barton and founder Jonathan Williams, along with Jason King, program director and lead instructor for Peak Technical Institute. TVBA is a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance and networking opportunities for military veterans and their families. Photo courtesy TVBA.