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Veterans Small Business Forum



‘Doing Business with the Primes’



Tuesday, September 16, 2014


1 pm – 3 pm



hosted by



New York Life Insurance


Greater Washington Bethesda Office


6901 Rockledge Drive – Suite 500


Bethesda, MD 20817


(All are Welcomed – You
Must

Register by Sept 15th to Attend)



When

Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

 


Where

New York Life Insurance

Greater Washington Bethesda Office

6901 Rockledge Drive

Suite 500

Bethesda, MD 20817






We hope you will join us September 16th for our Veterans Small Business Forum hosted by New York Life Insurance company at their state-of-the-art facility in Bethesda, Maryland.

We are planning a very robust agenda to include the following topics:

(1) Doing Business with the Primes

(2) Legislative Updates

- SBA Verification of VA Bus Owners

- MAP21 Inclusion of SDVOBs/Hubzones

(3) Getting the most out of the VA Small Business Conference in Atlanta

(4)
Special Guest: Miss Black America, Alexandra Morton;

 

And much, much more.

 


If Participating by Phone


Send email to KeyviBoyer@VetsGroup.org



(805) 399-1200


Code 877589#



(Call lines will open up at 12:55 pm)





Please be mindful to mute your phone using *6 when listening then you may press *6 again to unmute when you are speaking.


Thank You!



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Contact Aryka Henderson

at ArykaHenderson@VetsGroup.org

202 822-0011
VET-Force is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to advocate for the implementation of legislation, programs, and regulations to increase contracting opportunities for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business Owners. Efforts are also made to identify employment opportunities for veterans and Corporations that are committed to hiring Veterans.
VET-Force organizational members include the Vietnam Veterans of America, National Association for Black Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans, Blinded Veterans Association, Vets Group other Veteran Service Organizations, Military Service Organizations and hundreds of Veteran Business Owners.
VET-Force has no dues or fees but from time to time we do have expenses. If you would like to make a donation to help support the work of the VET-Force – checks should be made payable to the VET-Force Foundation

. Per request, you will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

 

 


Thank you for your support!

Joe Wynn
VET-Force
Vets Group

 

202 365-0482

VAMBOA VA RFPOn August 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System. This will be the next step in a series of actions that the VA is taking to replace its current scheduling system. The new system is expected to improve access to care for Veterans by offering medical schedulers with innovative scheduling software.  The RFP will be made public by the end of September, 2014. From the day of issuance, eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond.

The VA will issue a draft RFP prior to releasing the full RFP to maximize industry and stakeholder input. The solicitation will require a two-part demonstration of capabilities, consisting of a written proposal and a technical demonstration to scheduling staff. The VA hopes to award the contract by the end of the calendar year.

“VA chose a full- and open-competitive strategy to acquire a ‘commercial, off-the-shelf’ scheduling system,” said Stephen Warren, VA’s Chief Information Officer. “We want a system that is user-friendly and tailored specifically for our Veterans.”

VA Secretary Robert McDonald stated, “We want this process to be open to all eligible vendors to make sure the nation’s Veterans have the full benefits the innovative marketplace has to offer. When we can put a solid scheduling system in place, this will free up more human resources to focus on direct Veterans’ care. As VA recommits to its mission of caring for Veterans and evaluating our actions through the lens of what serves them best, we know a better scheduling system is necessary to provide them the timely, quality health care that they have earned and deserve.”

Even as the VA plans to issue its RFP to replace the existing system, efforts are progressing to make the current system better. The VA recently awarded a contract to improve the existing scheduling interface, providing schedulers a calendar view of resources instead of the current text-based, multiple-screen view.  This update is scheduled to begin roll out in January, 2015.

The VA is also developing two new mobile applications, one which will enable Veterans to directly request certain types of primary care and mental health appointments. The other app will give VA schedulers an easier-to-use interface to schedule medical appointments. Both apps are scheduled to roll out in December, 2014.

Veteran business owners will want to throw their hat in the ring, or at least closely watch which company or companies get this large contract with the VA. The companies who win contracts will most likely be looking for Veteran owned small business to sub-contract to, as part of their agreement with the VA.

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 To Issue RFP:  By Debbie Gregory

VAMBOA goals metThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Friday, August 1, 2014 that the U.S. government achieved its small business federal contracting goal. The federal government awarded more than 23% of its federal contracts to small businesses, totaling more than $83 billion. This was the first time in eight years that the federal government has reached its contracting goal.

The announcement was made at a press conference that was held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was joined by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Ben Cardin.

“When we hit our small business procurement target, it’s a win.  Small businesses get the revenue they need to grow and create jobs, and the federal government gets the chance to work with some of the most responsive, innovative and nimble companies in the U.S. while the economy grows,” Contreras-Sweet said.  “Thanks to the president’s leadership and a team effort among all federal agencies, we were able to meet this goal.”

While contract expenditures have gone down in all categories as a result of overall reduced federal spending, small businesses managed to secure a greater percentage of the contracts. This is due inpart to the SBA working with other federal agencies to help small businesses win federal contracts.

The SBA also facilitated the requirement for larger companies with substantial federal contracts to sub-contract with Veteran-owned small businesses.

Along with the announcement, the SBA released the FY 2013 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. These annual scorecard provides an assessment of each federal agency’s yearly small business contracting achievement against its goal, with 20 agencies receiving an A or A+.  Overall, the federal government received an “A” on the government-wide Scorecard.

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: Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal

Boots to Business Reboot

In keeping with the its commitment to Veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has sponsored the Boots to Business program. As Veterans transition to civilian life, the Boots to Business program has offered training courses to make their dreams of business ownership a reality.

The widely popular “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” is a program offered to future entrepreneurs while they’re still in uniform, as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum for “Boots to Business: from Service to Startup” was designed to introduce concepts, information and resources about business ownership to transitioning service members. Along with the education, the program also connects service members to crucial resources in their local communities.

The SBA has added an additional curriculum to their program. “Boots to Business: Reboot,” is an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans that is being hosted in twelve locations across the country.

Each session will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day course, titled Introduction to Entrepreneurship, led by the SBA’s resource partners, as well as industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF).

“Boots to Business: Reboot” will introduce Veteran entrepreneurs to the basics of business ownership.  The curriculum will lead Veterans through evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. “Boots to Business: Reboot” will also connect participating Veterans to a network of business support contacts by introducing them to the SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach centers, Women’s Business centers, Small Business Development centers and SCORE counselors.

At the conclusion of the two-day training, Veteran entrepreneurs will be eligible to register for an eight-week online course called “Foundations of Entrepreneurship.” This program is led by instructors from IVMF, and offers Veterans in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan, as well as techniques and advice for starting their own businesses.

After completing “Boots to Business: Reboot,” and “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”  Veteran entrepreneurs will possess the tools and knowledge needed to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources, and launch their own small businesses.

The “Boots to Business: Reboot” events run through Aug. 25-26.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 1 – 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information and to register for events Veterans interested in business ownership are encouraged to visit www.boots2businessreboot.org

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: New Boots to Business Program: By Debbie Gregory

In the past two decades, there has been much progress in veteran business legislation and small business legislation. For military business owners, this progress has helped build strong businesses and opened up veteran business opportunities tremendously. In the past, veteran owned small businesses could barely receive funding from small business loans, let alone receive the veteran business legislation necessary to succeed and stand out in the business market. Through the support of organizations like VAMBOA (Veteran and Military Business Owners Association), service disabled veterans, military business owners, veteran owned small businesses and veterans just starting a business have been able to grow and prosper in progressive ways.

Small business legislation has opened up the doors for veterans wishing to start veteran owned small businesses. Some of that legislation has come in the form of simplified paperwork for veteran businesses and service disabled veterans businesses. Other veteran business legislation has called for more accessible small business loans for military business owners and other veteran businesses. This has increased the number of veteran business opportunities available to veterans and military business owners.

VAMBOA is actively pursuing further small business legislation to better assist service disabled veterans, military business owners and veteran owned small businesses and to open up new veteran business opportunities to those veterans looking to get into the veteran business market. By networking veteran business owners and pushing helpful veteran business legislation, such as better small business loans, VAMBOA hopes to increase veteran business opportunities and expand and strengthen the market, since most veteran small business owners need small business loans to get off the ground.

In an effort to accelerate small business legislation, VAMBOA encourages service disabled veterans and other veteran small business owners to network, connect and collaborate using its services.