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Recently, visit this site the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2015 Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.) The House’s version of the act intends to transfer the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) verification responsibility from the VA to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Currently, page the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDB) is responsible for the verification. The OSDB runs SDVOSB verification through their VetBiz website at www.vetbiz.gov.

Under the version that the House just passed, the VA would be directed to use the SBA’s definition of a SDVOSB until the transfer of responsibilities to the SBA is complete. In the past, the requirements to qualify as a SDVOSB has varied, depending on whether an acquisition falls under the VA’s or SBA’s SDVOSB rules. Requiring both agencies to use the same definition could resolve a major problem.

But if the Senate passes the bill without amending it and the president signs off, the VA would not use the SBA’s definition for long. As it stands, the bill requires the VA to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the SBA within 180 days, under which the VA will transfer control and administration of the SDVOSB verification program to the SBA.

The current NDAA in the Senate specifies that the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals would be responsible for all appeals regarding denied verifications or appeals from SDVOSB status protests under VA set-aside contracts. The bill currently does not specify whether SDVOSB status protests would be decided by the SBA, or continue to be settled by the VA.

It is likely that the House-passed NDAA will not make it through the Senate without changes. If so, the NDAA for fiscal 2015 will not be enacted until a House-Senate conference committee can reach an agreement.If the Senate agrees, and the President signs the bill into law, the process of transferring SDVOSB verification from the VA CVE to the SBA could begin later this year.

Veteran small business owners and Service-Disabled small business owners should pay attention to how the FY 2015 NDAA plays out. It could mean big changes are in store.

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: House Bill Could Change SDVOSB Law: By Debbie Gregory

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VetsinTech is a non-profit organization that supports Veterans by bringing together a tech-specific network of resources and programs for Veterans interested in education, rx entrepreneurship, tadalafil and employment. As part of Military Appreciation Month and national Small Business Week, a new initiative was launched by Vets in Tech to help Veteran entrepreneurs generate the necessary capital to start their own business.

The new program is called VetCap, as in capital for Veterans. VetCap consists of a nation-wide series of workshops and seminars designed educate Veteran entrepreneurs on where and how to raise the capital they need to start and expand their businesses.

VetCap is an independent program that was organized by VetsinTech and other private concerns across the country. Veteran entrepreneurs should note that VetCap and Vets in Tech are not part of or affiliated with any government agency.
The organizers of VetCap devised the program after attending a White House and Joining Forces Veterans Entrepreneurship workshop in February.

VetsinTech hosted the first of hopefully many VetCap workshops on May 14th in San Francisco. The event was held at the offices of the venture capital firm Next World Capital. More than 50 Veteran Entrepreneurs attended, and a panel of experts in investing and lending led discussions on raising capital and pitching to investors.

For upcoming VetsinTech and VetCap workshops in your area, be sure to go to www.vetsintech.co and join their mailing list.

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: VetsinTech Launched VetCap: By Debbie Gregory

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The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is always ready to express gratitude to the men and women who have served their country. This gratitude is expressed to those who are now braving the entrepreneurial path by connecting them with resources and benefits to start or grow their business. This week, pilule more than ever, VAMBOA would like to offer a special salute to all Veteran business owners during National Small Business Week 2014.

President Obama proclaimed May 12-16 2014 as National Small Business Week in order to recognize entrepreneurs and small business owners as the “lifeblood” of our nation’s economy. Small businesses employ more than half of America’s workforce, and are responsible for creating almost two out of every three new jobs each year.

Each year, National Small Business Week is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This year’s events kicked off on May 13th at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco, CA. There are also scheduled events for this year’s festivities at Burns and McDonnell headquarters in Kansas City, MO; the Microsoft New England R&D Center in Boston, MA; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

VAMBOA is a non-profit Veteran business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. VAMBOA recognizes the special skill-set and experience with leadership that these individuals bring to their businesses and to our local, state, national and global economies. With the right resources, Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners are highly qualified to build successful businesses.

VAMBOA is here to serve as a conduit to those Veteran business owners and the resources they need to thrive.

VAMBOA advises all Veteran business owners to take advantage of the events and discussions taking place this week as part of National Small Business Week. Business owners should also be made aware that the SBA will be conducting webinars and other live-streamed events. Interested individuals can register online at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. For more information about National Small Business week visit the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.

VAMBOA: National Small Business Week Commences: By Debbie Gregory

Presented by:  The U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office And Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

DATE: May 6, 2014                            Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A capability statement is required by many government agencies and a necessary marketing tool for all businesses.  When used well, a capability statement can open doors and create new targeted opportunities no matter the size of your company.  The goal of this workshop is to teach small business owners how to effectively market their business using a capability statement.

Want to know how to create an effective capability statement?

Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose of a capability statement
  • Identify the components of a capability statement
  • Explain why small businesses need more than one capability statement
  • How to put your customers first in your capability statement

Where:  

Small Business Administration

Peachtree Center

233 Peachtree Street, NE

Harris Tower – Suite 1900

Atlanta, Georgia 30303    

Admission is free, however, pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

OnlineRegistration:  To begin registration process, go to www.sba.gov/ga

Cursor down to the bottom of page, under “Business Resources to Help You Start or Grow a Business in Your Area.”  Click on “Training/Events Calendar” to locate and register for workshop.   For more information please contact Charlotte Johnson   (404)  331-0100 ext. 405. 

Veterans Small Business Forum

‘Overcoming Barriers to Becoming a Successful Veteran Entrepreneur in the Federal Marketplace’

hosted by The HUD Veterans Affinity Group (HUD)

 

In Recognition of National Military Veterans Appreciation Month

(All are Welcomed – You Must Register to Attend)

 

When: Monday May 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
451 7th Street S.W.
Brooke – Mondale Auditorium
Washington, DC 20410

 

You Must Register to Attend Click Here to Reserve Your Seat!

If Participating by Phone

Send email to [email protected]

 

(805) 399-1200

Code 877589#

(Call lines will open up at 945 am)

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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