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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

News/Latest Buzz


2015

Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has Created a Sustainable Records Management System - The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has created a sustainable, comprehensive records management system. This system is in accordance and compliance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) guidelines, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and the November 28, 2011 Managing Government Records Presidential Memorandum. CVE has implemented the major tenants of the Presidential Memorandum and NARA’s requirements in order to establish a sound records management program which supports the principles of transparency, efficiency and accountability. (02/09/2015)
Construction Company Falsely Claimed To Be Owned By A Service Disabled Veteran - Veteran Construction Associates LLC (Veteran Construction), a construction company headquartered in Burlington, New Jersey, will pay $1.3 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on government contracts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today. (01/20/2015)

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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)
Operation Boots to Business - From Service to Startup - A high number of service men and women will be and have been transitioning from military into civilian lives. Learn how entrepreneurship can be an avenue for Veterans and Wounded Warriors to make a meaningful way for themselves and their families. (04/04/2013)
Two Brothers Charged with Defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs - ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Raymond Testa, 60, of Rochester, N.Y., and Gerald Testa, 55, of Ontario, N.Y., were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with major fraud against the United States. (03/15/2013)
Fact Sheet: Pre-Determination Findings for Veteran-Owned Small Business Applicants - This new initiative is aimed at streamlining the way firms apply for Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) “Veterans First” contract designations with VA. (03/05/2013)
Former Gray Bear Construction Company Owner Sentenced for Lying to Obtain SDVOSB Contracts - PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman today sentenced John Witty, 67, of Portland, to pay a $206,844 fine and serve five years probation, for lying to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) about being a service-disabled Veteran. Witty will also be required to perform 100 hours of community service at a Veterans’ organization. (01/31/2013)

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2012

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Affirms VA’s Utilization of FSS - The United States Court of Federal Claims issued a decision in the case of Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. The United States. (12/10/2012)
Veterans Business Opportunity Event - The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) sponsored the Veterans Business Opportunity Event held at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center in Houston, TX, where approximately 70 Veteran businesses participated in the Business Opportunity Event. (12/07/2012)
Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference - 30th Anniversary Fall 2012 - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) hosted the 30th Anniversary of the Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Nation’s premier event for minority entrepreneurs, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. (12/06/2012)
Removal of Expired Veteran-Owned Small Businesses from Vendor Information Pages (VIP) Database - Read the Fact Sheet for more information! (11/29/2012)
Direct Connect Program Deploys Small Business National Outreach Session In Spite of Sandy - Over 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. (10/31/2012)
Chelmsford Businessman Charged with Defrauding Federal Disabled-Veterans Program - Boston - A Chelmsford man was charged today in Federal court with defrauding the Federal Government with a scheme to subvert a program designed to provide business opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran owners of small construction companies. (10/23/2012)
New RSS Feed - The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has launched a new way to notify Veteran and Small Businesses of news and information related to VA Acquisition programs. (08/20/2012)

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