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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Conferences and Events

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Request an OSDBU Speaker or Booth at your event.  Interested in making OSDBU a part of your event?  Please complete the VA OSDBU Conference Invitation Request.  Requests can be emailed to osdbuconfinvitations@va.gov.  Please allow 10 business days for final decision.

Calendar of Upcoming Conferences and Events

October
Georgia State Procurement Opportunities Conference for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
Date:  October 10, 2014; 9:00am - 3:00pm (EST)
Location:  Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Atlanta, GA
POC:  Dorna Werdelin or (404) 463-4044
Synopsis:  The State of Georgia has partnered with the US Department of Veteran Affairs in hosting a State Opportunity Showcase which provides Veteran Owned Small Businesses access and awareness to potential opportunities and procurement decision makers (PDMs). Register here »
Doing Business with VISN 8 (VA Sunshine Healthcare Network)
Date:  October 14, 2014; 9:00am - 10:30am (EDT)
Location:  Tampa, FL
POC:  Derrick Williams, (813) 631-2830
Synopsis:  Small Businesses interested in conducting business with VISN 8.  Email the POC to register; seating is limited to the first 12 Small Businesses that sign up.
Illinois Procurement Showcase for Veteran-Owned Businesses
Date:  October 15, 2014; 8:30am - 1:00pm (CST)
Location:  West Tech Conference Center, Room 1203, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL
POC:  Max Dulberger, (312) 814-5538
Synopsis:  Businesses have the opportunity to meet with Program Decision Makers (PDMs), network with professionals and peers, and access resources for Veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. This will feature the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Opportunity Showcase program and is intended for businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Illinois. Please register here. Once registration for the networking roundtables opens, please make sure to sign-up for a networking roundtable with the PDM from your industry.
Oregon Veteran-Owned Opportunity Showcase
Date:  October 17, 2014; 8:00am - 5:00pm (PDT)
Location:  Camp Withycombe, 15300 Southeast Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015
POC:  Marc Huchette, (503) 373-2390
Synopsis:  If you are a veteran and interested in starting your own business, establishing stability, or growing your current veteran owned business, this event is for you. ODVA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as well as other key state agencies and resources to support and connect veterans to business opportunities in Oregon. Meet with Program Decision Makers (PDMs), network with professionals and peers, and access resources for Veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Once registration for networking roudtables opens, please make sure you sign-up for a networking roundtable with the PDM from your industry. Please register here.
Veteran Business Training & Outreach Conference
Date:  October 21, 2014; 8:30am - 2:00pm (EST)
Location:  Delaware County Community College
Academic Building - Small Auditorium Room 2246
901 S. Media Line Road, Media PA 19063
Registration:  aduka@dccc.edu, (610) 359-4133
Synopsis:  This is a first-ever joint program meant to provide specific information on how to take advantage of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification status issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Center for Verfification and Evaluation (CVE) under the VA's Veteran's First Contracting Program. Verification status opens windows for procurement opportunities with both VA's Veteran's Frist Contracting Programs and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (PA) Diversity opportunities. Both programs require CVE verification for participation.
FY 2015 VA Office of Acquisition Operations
Non-Information Technology Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (Non-IT APBI)
Date:  October 22, 2014
Location:  Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Event Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA
POC:  Iris Hall & Daniel Centeno
Synopsis: 

This announcement, released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO), notifies Industry of a Non-Information Technology Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (Non-IT APBI) on October 22, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The briefing will be at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Event Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA  22401.  The objective of the Non-IT APBI is to brief Industry on acquisition opportunities from the various offices within VA and to brief other relevant topics.

In addition, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting a Networking Roundtable event on October 21, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.  This event will take place at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House, Fredericksburg Room.  There is no fee to attend either event.

Registration for the Non-IT APBI event and Networking Roundtable is required and must be completed no later than October 15, 2014.  To register online, click on the Non-IT APBI Registration Form link below.  This form is also located on the OAO Virtual Office of Acquisition website at https://www.voa.va.gov under the ‘Non-IT APBI Library FY15’.  Please send registration issues or inquiries via e-mail to VA-OAO-APBI@va.gov.

Attendance is limited to two persons per company.  OAO is accepting attendee registration on a first-come, first-serve basis, until capacity.  Presentation of registration confirmation/acknowledgement will be required at check-in.

The Networking Roundtable and early check-in for the event will be on October 21, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.  On October 22, 2014, doors will open at 7 a.m., for check-in and networking prior to the event, which will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

There is a block of hotel rooms available at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House for Non-IT APBI attendees, until October 10, 2014.  For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel at (540) 736-1006 and identify yourself as a Non-IT APBI attendee.  Alternatively, attendees may book a hotel reservation online at Frederick Hospitality House.

OAO has assigned a reference number, VA101-15-I-0191, to be utilized for informational purposes only and is not associated with a solicitation.  Updates will be posted accordingly.

Please note: VA will video record this event.  Registration and attendance constitutes your consent and release for public and/or online viewing.

Doing Business with VISN 21 - Monthly Meeting
Date:  October 29, 2014; 9:00am - 10:30am (PDT)
Location:  VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3180 Miranda Avenue, Building T-50, Palo Alto, CA 94304
POC:  Jeanne Chun
Synopsis:  A monthly meeting for small businesses interested on how to get a potential contract with VISN 21.  The meeting will be held every last Thursday of each month.  Please email jeanne.chun@va.gov for more information and to sign up.  Space is limited to the first 10 people who sign up.  Conference Room can accommodate up to 10.  Register at http://www.visn21.va.gov/smallbusiness.asp.
November
2014 National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit - DC Fall Conference
Date:  November 6, 2014; 8:00am - 4:00pm (EST)
Location:  Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC
POC:   
Synopsis:  Join the 2014 National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit - DC Fall Conference presented jointly by the National Association of Small Business Contractors (the Supplier Council of The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce) and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce being held in Washington DC.

This popular event boasts a robust agenda that includes:
» Increased focus on assuring small business federal contractors secure our fair share of federal contracting (taxpayer) dollars
» Access to federal agencies and prime contractors
» Timely education and information on current trends, opportunities and threats to small business contractors
» Legal education important for protests and appeals and related topics
» Connections to potential teaming and joint venture partners
» Taking new ground - setting a course for the future with specific FY 2015 objectives
» Influence on The Hill
View the agenda and register at the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce website.
2nd Annual Government & Business Matchmaker 2014
Date:  November 7, 2014; 8:00am - 5:00pm (EST)
Location:  Con Edison Learning Center, 43-82 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101
Synopsis:  Attend the LaGuardia Business Services Matchmaking. Meet with government agencies and primes one-on-one for 10 minute appointments. Learn about upcoming procurement opportunities. Network with businesses from across the Northeast. Attend 6 workshops throughout the designed to grow your business. Get 15% off tickets, offer expires October 22, 2014; enter promo code "1weeksale".
Registration website >>
2014 Michigan Veterans Expo featuring State Opportunity Showcase
Date:  November 7, 2014; 9:00am - 3:00pm (EST)
Location:  Cobo Center, Room 411, 1 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226
POC:  Patty Russ, (517) 284-5215
Synopsis:  Businesses have the opportunity to meet with Program Decision Makers (PDMs), network with professionals and peers, and access resources for Veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. This will feature the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Opportunity Showcase program and is intended for businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Michigan. Please register here.
Doing Business with VISN 8 (VA Sunshine Healthcare Network)
Date:  November 18, 2014; 9:00am - 10:30am (EST)
Location:  Tampa, FL
POC:  Derrick Williams, (813) 631-2830
Synopsis:  Small Businesses interested in conducting business with VISN 8.  Email the POC to register; seating is limited to the first 12 Small Businesses that sign up.
Doing Business with VISN 21 - Monthly Meeting
Date:  November 21, 2014; 9:00am - 10:30am (PST)
Location:  VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3180 Miranda Avenue, Building T-50, Palo Alto, CA 94304
POC:  Jeanne Chun
Synopsis:  A monthly meeting for small businesses interested on how to get a potential contract with VISN 21.  The meeting will be held every last Thursday of each month.  Please email jeanne.chun@va.gov for more information and to sign up.  Space is limited to the first 10 people who sign up.  Conference Room can accommodate up to 10.  Register at http://www.visn21.va.gov/smallbusiness.asp.
December
2014 National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE)
Date:  December 9-11, 2014
12/09/2014; 07:00am - 08:00pm (EDT)
12/10/2014; 07:00am - 07:00pm (EDT)
12/11/2014; 07:00am - 04:00pm (EDT)
Location:  Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA
POC:  NVSBE Team
Synopsis:  VA’s premier event for the Veteran small business community, NVSBE connects small businesses with government and commercial Procurement Decision Makers, committed to working with Veterans.  NVSBE offers attendees an unprecedented level of engagement which shall assist Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in competing for and winning business.  Registration begins October 6, 2014.  Visit the Engagement’s official site for additional information.
Doing Business with VISN 21 - Monthly Meeting
Date:  December 11, 2014; 9:00am - 10:30am (PST)
Location:  VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3180 Miranda Avenue, Building T-50, Palo Alto, CA 94304
POC:  Jeanne Chun
Synopsis:  A monthly meeting for small businesses interested on how to get a potential contract with VISN 21.  The meeting will be held every last Thursday of each month.  Please email jeanne.chun@va.gov for more information and to sign up.  Space is limited to the first 10 people who sign up.  Conference Room can accommodate up to 10.  Register at http://www.visn21.va.gov/smallbusiness.asp.
January
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February
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March
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April
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May
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June
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