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VAMBOA NVSBEVeterans who are interested in starting or expanding their small businesses should save the date and register today for the largest and most comprehensive Veteran Small Business Expo of the year.

Each year, for the last four years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several other government agencies have collaborated to put on the largest event for Veteran entrepreneurs in the country, called the National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE).

The theme of NVSBE 2014 is “ACCESS” which is an acronym for “Advocate, Create, Commit, Expand, Strengthen, Sustain.” The event is designed to connect Veteran-owned Small Businesses and Veteran entrepreneurs with exclusive access to networking opportunities and learning sessions.

With 3,000 attendees expected, as well as more than 400 exhibitors and 25 government agencies, the NVSBE is a must-attend event for Veteran-owned small businesses.

The NVSBE is chalk full of activities designed to aid in the success of Veteran business ventures. Each day of the event has an Agenda that includes networking functions and breakout learning sessions.The learning sessions consist of dozens of topics that attendees can register for, according to their needs. Topics include creating a small business, business expansion, financing, government contracts, Veterans assistance, procurements, sustaining a small business, leadership, service-disabled Veteran-owned business resources and many more. The last day of the event includes an awards ceremony and one-on-one follow-up meetings with procurement decision makers and program professionals.

One of the most advantageous reasons to attend the NVSBE is the direct access to procurement decision makers, program specialists and acquisition staff from government agencies and large corporations.

The three day event will be held on December 9, 10 and 11, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. To register for the 2014 NVSBE in Atlanta, please visit the Registration Information Page.

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 Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Veterans Small Business Expo: By Debbie Gregory

EBV SuccessBack in 2007, Syracuse University played home to the inaugural class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. The EBV program is designed to open the doors of economic opportunities for Disabled Veterans and their families by helping them develop professional networks, and learn how to create and sustain their own businesses.

The EBV program has grown into a national movement, helping over 700 disabled Veterans. Several university campuses across the country now hold entrepreneurship boot camp sessions for Veterans.  Joining Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in offering the EBV program to Veterans are Cornell University, Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business, the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.

The entrepreneurship training is offered, to qualified Veterans who are accepted into the program, at no charge to the Veterans, and without using any of their GI Bill. For the last seven years, 70% of EBV graduates have gone on to start their own companies.

One EBV success story comes from the very first session at Syracuse in 2007. Marine Corps Veteran John Raftery was preparing to start a contracting firm in Dallas when he read an article about a small business training program for Veterans with disabilities.  The former Marine immediately applied and was accepted into the EBV program.

Raftery credits the program with helping him take the critically important first steps as a small business owner. In 2012, Raftery’s company, Patriot Contractors, Inc., was on a list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the country.

“I don’t think the business would have grown as quickly if not for the EBV program,” Raftery said.

Many Veterans served to preserve the American dream for their countrymen. Thousands of Veterans fulfill their own American dreams when their service to our country has ended. Already proven to have the winning spirit, Veterans make great entrepreneurs.

There are numerous resources available to help Veteran entrepreneurs succeed in their business ventures. The EBV program is just one of many. Please be sure to visit www.VAMBOA.org, as well as VAMBOA’s Resource Page to find out more information on the EBV program and many other state, federal and local programs for Veteran entrepreneurs.

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 Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Entrepreneur Bootcamp Success Story: By Debbie Gregory

T4NGAs many business owners in the technology industry know, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for tech companies in support of their impending $22.3 billion IT overhaul. All RFI submissions were due on August 28th, and the VA’s Technology Acquisition Center recently held an Industry Day for upcoming bidders.

The VA has dubbed the project the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract. The T4NG contract will be an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order contract. For T4NG, the VA is looking for contractors to provide total IT services solutions, including the following functional areas:

  • Program management
  • Systems and software engineering
  • Software technology demonstration and transition
  • Test and evaluation
  • Independent verification and validation
  • Enterprise network and enterprise management framework
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Cyber security
  • Training
  • Information technology facilities
  • Other solutions encompassing the entire range of IT and Health IT requirements, including software/hardware incidental to the solution

At the Industry Day for the contract, the importance of employing Veterans was stressed to potential vendors. The evaluation factors for vendors will include technical, past performance, Veterans involvement, Veterans employment, small business participation commitment, and price.

The VA announced plans to award up to 20 IDIQ contracts under T4NG, which will be good for an initial five year period, with an option for an additional five years.

The VA is reserving twelve spots strictly for small businesses. There are also eight reserved contracts for companies that  are Veteran-owned, four for Veteran-owned small businesses, and four for Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small businesses.

The VA plans to release the T4NG draft request for proposals soon, with proposals due December, 2014. The announcement for awarding contracts is expected by December, 2015.

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 Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: VA’s Multi-Billion Dollar Contract Proceeds: By Debbie Gregory

DVBEThe California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is announcing its first annual Veterans Business Forum. The forum will be held as part of the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Conference & Expo, hosted by the California Department of General Services (DGS).

The State of California established the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program to increase business opportunities for the DVBE community. In order to be considered a disabled Veteran for DVBE purposes, the person must have served in the U.S. military, be 10% or more service-disabled, and reside in California.

Eligible disabled Veterans can apply to have their businesses DVBE Certified if their company is at least 51% owned by one or more eligible disabled Veterans. Additionally, the daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disabled Veterans

California State agencies are required to strive to award at least 3% of their annual contracting dollars to certified DVBE companies. The program helps DVBE companies participate on more of alevel playing field when competing for state government contracts.

CalVet’s first annual Veterans Business Forum is intended to educated disabled Veteran business owners about the support and resources that CalVet and the DGS provide.

At the event, disabled Veteran business owners can learn how to get their business DVBE Certified in order to compete for California’s government contracts.

Some 30 California state agencies will be represented for the purpose of Business Matchmaking. Service disabled Veteran business owners will be able to participate in three to six separate ten minute rotations with state agencies and corporations, as well as a one-hour session with federal procurement agents.

The event will also feature the “State Opportunity Showcase” presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Veterans Business Forum will be held on October 1, 2014, from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Department of General Services’ Headquarters in the Ziggurat Auditorium, located at 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento, CA 95605.

To register for the Veterans Business Forum, follow the link to the CA.gov Registration page.

 To register for the VA’s “State Opportunity Showcase” and Business Matchmaking session, please follow the link to the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC)– West website at : http://www.procurementregistration.com/wbec/. The link to register ison the left side, halfway down the page. Registration for these events must be submitted by September 17, 2014.

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 Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: CalVet to Host Veteran Business Forum:   By Debbie Gregory

Twitter webinarOne of the biggest challenges of starting a Veteran owned small business is getting the word out about your company. In order to survive, fledgling companies need suppliers, contacts, and most of all, customers. But many Veteran business owners haven’t yet figured out how to successfully get their brand front and center in front of the public.

Some of the most successful small businesses have utilized Twitter as a platform to raise brand awareness for their companies. Set-Aside Alert, a federal government contract information service provider, is providing a webinar to help Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran business owners utilize Twitter to help their small businesses succeed.

The webinar will be led by Set-Aside Alert editor Alice Lipowicz, who has been named one of the Top 70 Most Social US Federal Technology Pros on Twitter by the Huffington Post.

Small business owners can use Twitter to raise brand awareness, share and obtain information on upcoming federal contract opportunities, network with peers and government leaders, and help build a reputation for expertise in your field. The webinar will help put Twitter to work for your small business.

The “Twitter Training for Small Business Federal Contractors” webinar will be held online at 1 pm EDT on September 4, 2014. The fee for the 60-minute webinar is $25. The webinar is available at no charge for Set-Aside Alert’s paid subscribers.

If you are already on Twitter, just getting started on Twitter, or thinking of joining, you can get super ideas on how to make a positive impression, discover more opportunities,  and drive business growth.

For more information, click here.

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 Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Twitter Webinar: By Debbie Gregory