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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Website Newsletter

March 22, 2013

Greetings!  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU,) want to be transparent while communicating with our Veteran-Owned small business community.  We want to keep you informed of the latest news, resources, and verification tools provided through our revamped website, www.va.gov/osdbu.  We’ve provided the following features to assist and guide you, including the revamped Verification Assistance Program with integrated training that will assist with the Verification process; information on how to become procurement ready and Direct Connect opportunities with VA Procurement Decisions Makers; how to start your own business through the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal; and what is happening with the 2013 National Veteran Small Business Conference.  These are just a few of the many changes taking place with our website.  To stay in the loop with OSDBU and Verification news, Subscribe to our latest news feed using the preferred RSS method.

In this Issue

  • Subscribe to our News Feed
  • Success Stories
  • Veterans Entrepreneur Portal
  • Veteran and Small Business Programs
  • Verification Assistance Program
  • Verification Assessment Tool
  • Verification Counseling Program
  • Direct Connect Program
  • Doing Business with VA
  • VA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • National Veterans Small Business Conference
  • Contact Us
 

Subscribe to our News Feed!

Stay in the loop with OSDBU and Verification news.  Subscribe to our latest news feed using your preferred RSS method.

Verification Success Stories

Verification Success Stories highlight businesses that have gone through verification and that have verified status with VA.  Both inspiring and helpful, these success stories are the experiences of real small business owners.

Veteran Entrepreneur Portal

Interested in franchising or small business funding? Starting a business or seeking employment?  You’ll find information on these topics and more at the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal.

Veteran and Small Business Programs

Learn more about OSDBU’s Veteran-Owned (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB), Women-Owned (WOSB), HUBZone, and Subcontracting programs at our Veteran and Small Business Programs website.

Verification Assistance Program

The verification process can be challenging.  From applying for verification to registering your business in the Vendor Information Portal (VIP), the Verification Assistance Program provides helpful tips and tools to aid you through a successful verification process.

Verification Self-Assessment Tool

Also part of the Verification Assistance Program, the Verification Self-Assessment Tool was designed to provide the VOSB/SDVOSB the opportunity to freely navigate the Verification process, while gaining expert knowledge in the areas of eligibility and requirements, as it pertains to specific businesses.

Verification Counseling Program

Another part of the Verification Assistance Program is the Verification Counseling Program was provides education, assistance, and certification to Verification Assistance Partners through Verification Counselor Training, to explain the Verification process, along with the rules of the Veterans First Program (38 CFR Part 74).

Direct Connect Program

Would you like to connect and effectively market the products and/or services your business offers?  The Direct Connect Program works with VA Program Decision Makers to provide the Small Business Community access to events and engagement opportunities.  Learn more on how to connect with VA.

Doing Business with VA

VA operates a nationwide system of hospitals, clinics, regional offices, data processing centers, and National Cemeteries that require a broad spectrum of goods and services.  VA purchases these goods and services on a national, regional, and local level.  Learn more on inclusion in its procurement process.  Learn more »

VA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities

Review the forecast information representing VAs best estimate of procurement opportunities during the curren fiscal year.  Come and see what opportunities are available for your organization.  Learn more »

Upcoming Events

Learn of the events that OSDBU will attend to provide information on OSDBU, and assist Veteran small businesses owners in the Verification process and doing business with VA

National Veterans Small Business Conference 2013

The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo is the premier government event for Veteran-owned businesses.  More than 3,500 Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses receive a wide range of information to help maximize their opportunities in the federal workplace.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at (202) 461-4300.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
810 Vermont Avenue, NW (00SB)
Washington, DC 20420


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