WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A national event aimed at addressing the greatest challenge to the success of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs)—access to decision makers—will gather an expected 3,000 attendees for three days of business connections, powerful sessions, and top-notch networking, Dec. 9-11, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other Federal agencies and commercial partners, will host the fourth annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), the premier event for VOSBs at the Georgia World Congress Center. This year's theme, "ACCESS," demonstrates VA's dedication to promote Veteran access to economic opportunity.
More than 60 collaborating government agencies and corporations are also expected to participate. "VA is committed to increasing Veteran-owned small businesses in private-public partnerships," VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said. "NVSBE strengthens our commitment by offering Veteran business owners the access and tools they need to thrive in the federal marketplace. VA is about Veterans in all that we do—first, last, and always," McDonald said.
"The biggest challenge for small business owners is to connect with those who make the decisions, those who can help them get the contracts," added Thomas J. Leney, executive director of Small and Veteran Business Programs, VA. "NVSBE provides small businesses a solution to that challenge."
NVSBE attendees meet face-to-face with procurement decision makers and contract officers to build relationships that enhance their chances of winning new business, as well as network with other businesses to discover subcontracting and teaming opportunities. With more than 400 exhibitors, NVSBE is an investment that creates returns. Attendees and participants can expect to:
- Engage with contract and program specialists from federal and commercial sectors
- Gain direct access to more than 400 VA procurement decision makers
- Learn about the verification process needed to compete for federal contracts with VA and other federal agencies
- Take part in innovative matchmaking opportunities to establish and expand contract portfolios.
"We are excited to offer our Veteran small business community a unique chance to interact directly with potential customers seeking to work with Veteran-owned businesses," Leney said. "NVSBE is designed to produce unique, memorable interactions to help VOSBs compete for and win business."
Commercial companies who attend NVSBE can expect to forge Public/Private partnerships that will support the continued development of Veteran-owned enterprise in both the government and commercial sectors. They gain access to a large number of potential suppliers and partners that have been vetted through VA's rigorous verification process and have the opportunity to review the business capabilities of verified-VOSBs first-hand, and pursue business relationships that will add value to their firm.
NVSBE provides an opportunity to compete for more than $3.5 billion procurements that are part of the VA Veterans First program and foster a long-term relationship with the VA that will facilitate new business opportunities, mutually beneficial to commercial companies and the Veteran small business community
VA invites all interested persons and businesses to attend NVSBE. Registration is open.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)