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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Direct Connect Program Deploys Small Business National Outreach Session In Spite of Sandy

October 31, 2012

Direct Connect LogoOver 100 Veteran-Owned companies and Small Business owners participated in the Video -Teleconference (VTC) Pilot Small Business National Outreach Session on October 31, 2012.  We had participants from California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, DC.

U.S. Map showing National Outreach Session Participating States - VTC Locations CA, FL, GA, MI, NH, NY, NJ, TX, DC - LiveMeeting Locations AL, AZ, CO, DE, HI, IL, KY, LA, MA, MT, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, UT, WI


The Direct Connect Team is excited about the response, participation, and feedback received from Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), HubZone and other small business concerns in the Direct Connect Program Small Business National Outreach Session.  We experienced very strong Video-Teleconferencing (VTC) on-site and LiveMeeting presence to include several conference participants that were impacted directly by the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  The majority of our audiences consisted of SDVOSB and VOSB.  Based on feedback received from numerous conference participants from across the country, this effort was an overwhelming success.  Introductions began with Mr. Leney, Executive Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), and Mrs. Chanel Bankston-Carter, Director of Strategic Outreach.  They provided clear overviews on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mission to assist and educate Small Businesses on the procurement and acquisition processes of how to do business with VA.  Representatives from OSDBU, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and National Cemetery Administration (NCA) gave an overview of their agency’s structure and the products and services they purchase.  This VTC session gave the Small Business owners information that is useful when competing for VA contracts.

Review the presentations utilized during the session:


Below are some of the testimonials received after the session:

I attended the pilot VTC yesterday afternoon at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Clearwater, Florida and wanted to express my gratitude.  I felt that it was a terrific learning opportunity.  As a new Business Developer for a small disabled veteran owned business I will value the insights provided for People, Technology, and Processes, LLC to take action and weave ourselves into partnerships that create positive impacts for our Veterans via the Veteran Health Administration.  I especially connected with your comments about the top current needs surrounding the issues of veteran homelessness and climbing suicide rates.  Our mission is to support the care of our warfighters and their families.”  ~Pam McKay, Business Developer, PTP

Great thanks to the National Small Business Outreach Team in providing outstanding information at the Small Business Outreach Session.  I just received my SDVOSB certification on September 17, 2012; I am looking forward to working with the VA.  The VA saved my life and I am greatly indebted to the VA and hope I can give back in providing excellent service to the VA as a contractor.  I highly recommend any small firm interested in doing business with the VA attend a Small Business Outreach Session. Thank you very much.”  ~Robert Cline, RSC LLC

Thank you for the Webinar yesterday.  I learned a lot of this information at the National Veterans Conference in June, but I only recently became verified and needed the refresher.”  Chuck Highers, Plan Ahead Events

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