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VAMBOA Small Business SaturdayIn 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday in an effort to help small businesses compete with the mega-stores. Through the Shop Small website, the nation-wide event encourages consumers to shop at “mom and pop” stores in their own communities on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 29th.

Over the past four years, Small Business Saturday has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. In 2011, federal, state and local government officials, including President Obama, voiced their support of the event, and Small Business Saturday was officially recognized by the U.S. Senate.

In 2012, it was estimated that Americans spent $5.5 billion at independent businesses on that year’s Small Business Saturday. In 2013, it was estimated that approximately 1,500 communities across the nation pledged to support the day as “Neighborhood Champions.”

Neighborhood Champions are the members of their community who support both independent businesses and Small Business Saturday by organizing events in their own neighborhood. Neighborhood Champions have made the event a success for their communities by planning such activities as fun-runs, street fairs, rallies, scavenger hunts, and other family events that raise awareness for independent small businesses in their area. When a small business owner or community leader signs up to be Neighborhood Champion, Shop Small will send them an event kit to help them get started.

Every American is encouraged to participate in Small Business Saturday by shopping at independent small businesses on November 29th, and by participating in the events that your local Neighborhood Champions have planned.

The idea behind Small Business Saturday is not to get consumers to just buy from small businesses on that one day. The intention is to give the public a reason to venture away from the big-name retailors and global chains, and into the small businesses that are run by their neighbors, in an effort to boost the local economy.

Small businesses are the life-blood of this nation and its economy. When small businesses fail, so too do local economies. This November 29th, be sure to support Small Business Saturday.

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: Small Business Saturday 2014: By Debbie Gregory

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Register Today



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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Information Technology Classes forming Now

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 certifiedMany Veteran and Service-disabled Veteran small business owners have been told that they need to make sure their company is certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). And for a number of businesses, obtaining a small business certification is vital to the success of their company. But in actuality, the majority of Veteran-owned small business don’t require the certification.

A small business certification is not necessary for companies providing goods and services to the general public. But if a small business ever wants to obtain a government contract, a small business certification is mandatory.

The federal government sets aside nearly $100 billion worth of contracts intended solely for competition among small businesses, including: service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, disadvantaged small businesses, and women-owned small businesses. To qualify for these contracts, certification is a must.

The government maintains size standards that define the maximum size that a company (and its affiliates) can be to qualify as a small business. Company size is determined through either the number of employees or average annual receipts. Typically, most manufacturing companies with 500 employees or fewer and most non-manufacturing businesses with average annual receipts under $7 million will qualify as a small business. However, there are exceptions that should be viewed on the SBA’s Small Business Size Standards.

According to the SBA, small businesses that want to compete for government contracts need to complete the following actions:

  • Obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) Number.  The D-U-N-S number is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. It is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants. Visit the D-U-N-S Request Service to register.
  • Register your business with the federal government’s System of Award Management (SAM). This registration is sometimes referred to as “self-certifying” your small business, and is the primary database of vendors doing business with the federal government. Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) require that all would-be vendors be registered in SAM prior to the awarding of any contract.

To find out more about certifying your small business, SAM, D-U-N-S numbers and obtaining government contracts for your small business, visit the Register for Government Contracting page at www.sba.gov

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: Certifying Your Small Business: By Debbie Gregory

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Attention: Service Disabled Small Business Owners–

Do You Want To Be A Supplier for a

Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Pharmaceutical Company?

 

Immediate Opportunities

 

One of VAMBOA’s valued corporate sponsors is seeking

Service Disabled Veteran Small Business Owners

to work with them in the following business categories:

 

  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Conference/ Meetings/Tradeshow/Booths
  • Contract Sales
  • Customer Relationship Marketing
  • Data
  • Digital Creative and media
  • Digital Media
  • IS – Hardware Maintenance/network/equipment/supplies
  • Legal, Litigation Support Expense
  • Marketing Fulfillment
  • Medical Communication
  • Media
  • Primary Research
  • Printed Materials
  • Promotions
  • Public Relations
  • Speaker Bureaus
  • Staff Services – Temporary Staffing
  • Subscriptions
  • Traditional Creative Media
  • Training

 

 

Apply immediately to info@vamboa.org with the following information by 8/1/14:

 

Business Category (from above)-

Company Name-

Contact Name-

Email Address-

Phone Number-