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vetbizchallenge

The Institute For Veterans and Military Families is presenting the VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge – a Business Plan Competition developed for veteran entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This unique competition offers elite growth and pitch coaching prior to the competition finals.  Winners will receive exposure to a distinguished judging panel, access to capital – $100K in total to be awarded – and three months of individualized coaching.  This Challenge is offered through the generous support of The Marcus Foundation and is open to U.S. service member and veteran entrepreneurs of all eras of service. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2016.

Semifinalists will receive three weeks of elite growth coaching with their fellow competitors in an online group setting before they get to the finale. Winners will receive three months of growth coaching after the competition comes to a close.  The finale is a one-day challenge event that will expose the finalists to a distinguished group of judges and the opportunity to learn from each other during their 20-minute venture pitch round.

PRIZES:

1st – $50,000

2nd – $25,000

3rd – $10,000

Best Venture Impacting Veterans – $5,000

Most Innovative – $5,000

Best Social Venture – $5,000

Semifinalists – Pitch Coaching

Finalists – Growth Coaching

GRAND FINALE:

Georgia Aquarium 

225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Event Contact: Kim Street, Program Manager, kmstreet@syr.edu, (315) 443-9512

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Registration is now open for the largest Procurement Event for the Veteran Small Business Community.  VA’s National Small Business Engagement, November 1 -3, 2016, Minneapolis, MN. 

NVSBE directly connects VOSBs with PDMs from the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, as well as large firms with small business needs—and provides training opportunities to improve the capabilities of small businesses to successfully compete for procurement contracts.

NVSBE also enables VA PDMs to engage with a large number of VOSBs in a short period of time, facilitating market research in support of meeting VA socioeconomic goals.For more information, visit http://www.nvsbe16.com. E

vetcon

Veterans in Economic Transition – VETCON 2016. October 24 -25, 2016, Albany, NY. Come learn what it takes to be a small business owner! This conference is the first of its kind in the Capital Region held to help veterans as they make transitions into their future professional careers. It is an unprecedented collection of public and private businesses, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies gathering together for a worthy initiative. Register at http://www.vetconny.com/#tile_registration

vip

VIP START, a new addition to VIP programming, accelerates the success of Veteran owned small businesses into the Federal marketplace.  VIP GROW, the flagship program of VIP, accelerates the growth of Veteran owned small businesses in the federal marketplace.  VIP START – October 18 – 20, 2016.  VIP GROW – December 6-8, 2016, and something new, VIP INTL. – March 14 – 16, 2017.  Visit them on the web  to learn more and to register for these amazing programs.

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Disabled Veteran Business Alliance (DVBA) – Turning Contracts into Contacts – 5th Annual Procurement Conference. Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241.  Go here for details:

https://www.trailblz.info/disabledvetba/eviewer.aspx?vid=3F2E2713BC5D6680079A15795616DD10FCC17FCD4C9BB9963FBB29C375662DC4

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