Meijer Expands Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Businesses

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – In honor of Military Family Appreciation month, Meijer will give veterans nationwide the opportunity to showcase their products and services for Meijer merchants to consider for placement on store shelves.

The retailer is inviting veteran-owned businesses to participate in the Meijer virtual Roadmap to Retail series Nov. 7 and 8. A merchandising event will take place Nov. 7, and a professional services event will be held Nov. 8.

“Supporting veteran-owned businesses isn’t just about honoring their service – it’s about harnessing the incredible potential they bring to the business world,” said Todd Weer, senior vice president of stores and executive sponsor of mVets at Meijer. “Veterans are equipped with a unique set of skills, including adaptability, teamwork and unwavering determination. By supporting these businesses, we not only salute their sacrifice but also unlock innovation and opportunity that can benefit us all.”

Led by the Meijer Supplier Inclusion team, in partnership with mVets, the Meijer Team Member Resource Group for veterans, active military members and their families, the event will focus on a discussion addressing various forms of doing business with Meijer. It’s intended for any business that is not a current Meijer vendor but would like to learn more about the path to becoming one. 

Meijer aims to build relationships with veteran-owned suppliers to expand its veteran-owned product offerings in categories storewide.

Merchant vendors interested in participating can apply HERE. Professional services vendors can apply HERE.

Once applications for the event are submitted, the Supplier Inclusion team will send vendors an invite to join the virtual Roadmap to Retail webinar by Oct. 27. 

“The Meijer Supplier Inclusion program has grown tremendously this year, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see these small yet mighty vendors thrive and expand their products across our six-state footprint,” said Carla Hendon, director of Supplier Inclusion at Meijer. “Supporting diverse businesses aligns with our values, as it not only empowers these entrepreneurs on their own journeys, but also enriches our communities.” 

Pictured at top: The Meijer store at the Eastwood Mall Complex.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.