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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

News/Latest Buzz


2014

VA To Hold Small Business Engagement in Atlanta Next Month - Annual Event to Increase Contract Opportunities for Small Veteran-Owned Businesses (11/13/2014)
VA and BusinessUSA Combine Forces to Reboot Veteran Business Resources - From Bootstrapping to "Boots to Business", this week we focus on new training opportunities and tips for entrepreneurs and veterans who want to start their own business. (08/26/2014)
Omaha Contractor and Companies Plead Guilty to Fraud Scheme - On August 22, 2014, Omaha, Nebraska contractor Ram Hingorani pled guilty to Major Program Fraud in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. (08/25/2014)
Advanced Notice of Pending Procurement Requirements - OSDBU is considering the development of requirements for an information system to support the planning and management of the 2014 National Veterans Small Business Collaboration. (05/15/2014)
Center for Verification and Evaluation Freedom of Information Act Policy - The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) acknowledges Veterans' concerns regarding the possible Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release of information received from them as part of their verification application. (03/13/2014)
Opportunity Showcase with Prosthetics at VA Medical Center in Washington, DC - Recently, the Direct Connect team at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) sponsored an Opportunity Showcase with Prosthetics at VA Medical Center in Washington, DC. (02/26/2014)
Advanced Notice of Pending Procurement Requirements - OSDBU is considering the development of requirements for an information system to support the planning and management of the 2014 National Veterans Small Business Collaboration. (02/18/2014)

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2013

Loan Fees Waived For Veterans Who Use SBA Express - Veterans will get a break on Small Business Administration loans beginning January 1, 2014. SBA is also charging zero fees on all loans of less than $150,000. (12/03/2013)
Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) Name Change - Effective September 30, 2013, the former Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) was renamed the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). The new name more accurately reflects the CVE mission. (10/10/2013)
What are the keys to a successful verification? - Help us help you ... Important information you should know before applying to Veterans First Program. (09/30/2013)
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses listed as verified in the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) must qualify as small business concerns in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). (09/25/2013)
How to Update North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes - Instructions on how to update NAICS codes in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database. (09/25/2013)
Pre-Decision may be the RIGHT decision for you! - This initiative aims to increase application approval rates, while giving business owners more time to correct findings that lead to a potential denial.  A better application means a better chance of becoming a verified company! (09/25/2013)
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes Changes - How does a firm qualify as a small business concern? (08/06/2013)
New Verification Self-Assessment and Resource Tools - The Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) has launched a brand new Verification Self-Assessment Tool as well as a Verification Resource Tool. (08/05/2013)
Verification Application Document Upload - How to Make Your Documents Fit! (08/02/2013)
Major Corporations Seeking to do Business with Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in Commercial Market - Countdown to St. Louis - August 6-8, 2013!! Connect ... Learn ... Grow! (07/25/2013)
Mary Claypool: Small Business Administration supporting U.S. Veterans - On May 21, the Small Business Administration unveiled the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative. With the support of SBA's top 20 national lending partners, and 100 additional regional and community lending partners across the U.S., SBA expects to assist an additional 2,000 veterans obtain loans to start or expand small businesses by increasing lending by $475 million over the next five years, an increase of 5 percent over SBA's historic lending activity to veterans. [Extracted from Montgomery County The Herald June 6, 2013 edition] (06/06/2013)
2013 National Veterans Small Business Conference - Countdown to St. Louis - August 6-8, 2013!! Connect ... Learn ... Grow! (06/04/2013)
Ten Hut! CruiseOne Recruiting Military Veterans for Operations Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General - Second annual franchise giveaway contest for military Veterans launches Memorial Day! (05/29/2013)
2013 National Veterans Small Business Conference - Meet me in St. Louis - August 6-8, 2013!! (05/14/2013)
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Proposed Changes to 38 CFR 74, Veterans Small Business Regulations (05/13/2013)
Pre-Determination Process Launches! - The Pre-Determination Process is designed to reduce denials by identifying easily corrected issues on many appli-cations. (05/03/2013)
Change in the Transfer Restriction Rule - Companies will no longer be denied for the Veterans' First Contracting Program based upon "Right of First Refusal" or similar provisions in applicable business documents. (05/03/2013)

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