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SBA Arizona District Office

Date: September 17, 2015

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Please arrive promptly.

Location: SBA Training Center on 2828 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone (602) 745-7200. We are located at the Southwest corner of Thomas and Central.

Why You Should Attend:

Learn about Veteran Services and Programs available from the U. S. Small Business Administration

  • Starting your business – Business Development Plan
  • Financing Your Business – Vet Advantage & Military Reservist Economic Injury Loans
  • SBA Loan Clinics – Special two hour training classes held the first Wednesday of every month to explain the SBA loan process, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & Veteran Owned Businesses
  • Counseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers

These seminars will provide a unique insight for both aspiring veteran entrepreneurs and those already in business!

Non-validated parking is available in the building garage or limited free parking on the side street. There is no charge to attend this event other than parking expense, cash only for the garage.

SBA Wyoming District Office

Are you a Veteran owned business, looking for opportunities to expand?  Are you
registered in the free online databases required to do business with the
government?  Are you wondering if government contracting is a way to

grow your business?

If so, please register for Veteran Owned Business
Certification on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 10:00 AM MDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4974244848480913922

You may also call Andrea Lewis, 307-772-7372, Deb Farris, 307-261-6503, or email amlewis@uwyo.edu or debra.farris@sba.gov with questions or
to register. This free webinar will educate attendees on the requirements and
benefits of obtaining a veteran-owned or service disabled veteran-owned
certification for government contracting opportunities. It will also cover the
basic process that business owners will go through in obtaining the
certification and will help attendees prepare the required documentation.

After registering online, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar. This webinar is brought to you by the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center

(PTAC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business CoachingContracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

actBy Debbie Gregory.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 was passed by the Senate on July 23, 2015. The amendment is added to the Small Business Act. It prohibits the Small Business Administration (SBA) from collecting a guarantee fee in connection with a loan made under the SBA Express Program to a veteran or the spouse of a veteran on or after October 1, 2015. There is a provision to exempt the act during any upcoming fiscal year for which the President’s budget, submitted to Congress, includes a cost for the program that is above zero.

The amendment also requires the SBA to assess for Congress the level of outreach to and consultation with female veterans regarding access to capital by women’s business centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

Additionally, starting October 1, 2015, the act prohibits the SBA from guaranteeing a loan if:

the lender determines that the borrower is unable to obtain credit elsewhere solely because the lender’s liquidity depends upon the guaranteed portion of the loan being sold on the secondary market, or

the sole purpose for requesting the guarantee is to allow the lender to exceed its legal lending limit.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business CoachingContracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Loan Advantage for Veterans Passes: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory.

According to the Small Business Administration, veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Veteran owned businesses are responsible for employing 5.8 million people and generating more than $1 trillion in revenue. That a trillion, with a “t.”

Over the next five years, is it estimated that more than 1 million men and women on active duty will return to civilian life. If the current trend holds, many of them will start their own businesses.

The business community and some government agencies are rallying to set these newest entrepreneurs up for success. Some examples of this are:

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between serving in the U.S. military and creating technologies that improve lives.

“We already know that Veterans possess many of the hard work, strategic, problem solving skills to be successful,” said Chris Cortez, Vice President of Microsoft Military Affairs. “Whether they choose to start their own business or work for a large company, we want to support their desire to add new technology skills that they can turn into a long-lasting civilian career.”

The MSSA program is a full-time, 16 week, Information Technology (IT) job skills training program, for active duty US military service members who have received their separation date. Qualified participants are assigned to the MSSA program as their new place of duty and with successful completion, will be given the opportunity to interview at Microsoft for a full time position at Microsoft or one of our participating partners.

According to Cindy Bates, Vice President Microsoft U.S. Small Midsized Businesses, “It’s part of our corporate responsibility to assist in job creation by providing access to training, counseling and mentoring to help veterans embrace their entrepreneurial spirit and grow a small business.”

The SBA’s Boots to Business- ReBoot program is tailored for veterans who have already transitioned to civilian life, but have decided to pursue entrepreneurship.”

Another alternative is a business incubator, such as the Bunker. This program has been built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs. The Bunker targets existing veteran owned tech startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to come, create, and conquer the business world through their ideas, hard work, and strategy.

Perhaps one of these strategies will help you start up your business, or take your existing business to the next level.

VET-FORCE-Veterans-Entrepreneurship-Taskforce

Veterans Small Business Forum


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


10 am – 12 pm

hosted by


VA Office of Small Business Programs

810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.

Room C-7

Washington, D.C.  20420

(You must register by July 19th)

 

Join us for an indepth discussion on Doing Business with the VA for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses and other Small Business Contractors following recent allegations made by a VA Senior Procurement Executive that: (1) Over the past 5 years, some VA acquisition and finance officials participated in gross mismanagement and violations of law resulting in billions of dollars being misappropriated; (2) There has been illegal use of Government Purchase Cards in nearly every major organization in VA; (3) There has been illegal use of Federal Supply Schedules; and (4) VA small business goal accomplishments have been and continue to be vastly overstated. 
 
These allegations were recently discussed during a public Joint Hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight and the House Small Business Subcommittee entitled:

‘Manipulation & Fraud in the Reporting of VA Small Business Goals’





held Tuesday, June 23rd in the Cannon House Office Building.

 

 

The Cannon House Office Building, completed in 1908, is the oldest congressional office building as well as a significant example of the Beaux Arts style of architecture. 

Jan Frye, the VA Senior Procurement Executive making these allegations, first testified on May 12th at a hearing held by the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Waste, Fraud and Abuse in VA’s Purchase Card Program and submitted a 35-page Memo to VA Secretary Bob McDonald that was made public a few weeks ago and published by the Washington Post and VetLikeMe.
 
 
 
Accordingly, Jan Frye is now designated as an Official Whistleblower, and from among the highest levels of procurement officers at the VA. Congress wants to know the facts and after years of advocating for increased opportunities for veteran business owners; especially at the VA, we want to know the truth of these allegations and if true, what is going to be done to hold those involved accountable.
 
Proposed Agenda:
 
(1)  Greetings and Remarks from Tom Leney, Director of VA Small Business Programs;
(2)  Presentation by the VA Secretary’s MyVA Transformation Executive Leadership Team
(3)  Continuing Issues with the VA’s Verification of Veteran Small Businesses by CVE
(4)  Presentation by the Director of the new SBA Veterans Business Outreach Center in Springfield, Va.
(5)  Open Discussion

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Veterans Small Business Forum


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


10 am – 12 pm

hosted by


VA Office of Small Business Programs

810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.

Room C-7

Washington, D.C.  20420


Save the Date!

Leave No Veteran Behind
Veterans Employment Opportunity Fair & Expo
 
Atlanta International Convention Center
 
September 14, 2015
 
For More Information Contact:
 
Rhonda Smith
(202) 822-0011
RhondaSmith@VetsGroup.org
 
 
Joe Wynn
Vets Group
(202) 365-0482
 
 

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