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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Conferences and Events


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  Please allow 10 business days for final decision.

Calendar of Upcoming Conferences and Events

Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference (MEDWeek - 2015)
Date:  August 25, 2015; 8 a.m. - August 28, 2015; 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Location:  Sheraton Princess Palm Tampa East Hotel
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33610

Ms. Machelle Maner
Ms. Lynette Darrell


The purpose of the conference is to enhance business opportunities while strategically developing the necessary tools for business growth. This joint public-private sector event also highlights the significant contributions made by (MBE's) in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas and focuses on "connecting business with opportunity by empowering minority business leaders" to be key stakeholders in diversifying the economy and helping to continuously grow businesses in and around the area. Visit us for conference details and registration

NDIA 27th Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event
Date:  August 25, 2015; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PST)
August 26, 2015; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PST)
Location:  San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

The San Diego Chapter of NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) is proud to present the NDIA 27th Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event.

The purpose of Gold Coast is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, especially small businesses, in working with the government, primarily the Department of Defense.

NDIA is working to bring Informative and motivating speakers to present topics of interest regarding working with the government, specifically the Department of the Navy. Plan on attending exciting and relevant general/plenary and break-out sessions. Visit over 250 industry and government exhibitors along with dozens of posters containing company information and opportunities. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking. Register for Navy Gold Coast.


Boots to Business Reboot
Date:  August 31 - September 1, 2015; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Location:  Hilton Baltimore Hotel
Key Ballroom (Sec. 5, 2nd flr.)
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 210201

Boots to Business Reboot is a two part training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

To register go to: or contact for additional information.

Women As Veteran Entrepreneurs (WAVE) Corporate Opportunity Showcase
Date:  September 10, 2015
Location:  Arlington Cemetery Women in Military Service for America
Advanced Registration until September 3rd: $75
Registration after September 3rd and Onsite: $95
Advanced registration ends on September 3, 2015

The event is designed to:
Provide all small businesses, especially Women Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (WVOSBs), the chance to learn how to increase their presence in the corporate marketplace. Build better-informed relations between Government and Corporate Industry leaders. The VA’s overall objective is to increase its potential to provide better service to our Veterans.

The conference will include:
Business Opportunity Sessions: The goal of a business opportunity session is to provide insight to WVOSB’s on current/ upcoming activities and opportunities in FYs 2015 – 2017. The presenter will address where they see small businesses adding value (either in a prime or subcontractor role). Networking Tables which enable WVOSB’s to demonstrate their capabilities to Procurement Decision Makers on how they can add value to the organization’s mission.

To register go to: or contact ASBA at 443-325-5020 for additional information.

The Leave No Veteran Behind – Employment Opportunity Fair & Expo
Date:  September 14, 2015; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (EST)
Location: Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, GA 30337
Joe Wynn

Paradies and Avis Budget Group, Inc. have partnered with Veteran small business organizations, to sponsor a series of Job Fairs and Business Expos. The Vets Group, VET-Force, AMAC, AAAE, Nabvets, and VetJobs is dedicated to increase the hiring of Veterans and their families, and provide access to contracting opportunities for Veteran small businesses. This event is being hosted by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Register today!


TRIAD Conference
Date:  September 23, 2015
Location:  Waterford at Springfield
6715 Commerce St.
Springfield, VA 22150
Rebecca Danahy
Britt Sullivan

The National Defense Industrial Association, in conjunction with AIA, will be hosting the TRI-Association Small Business Advisory Panel (TRIAD) Conference. The TRIAD was formed in 1967 to coordinate the efforts of small business subcontracting representatives. It was formed to serve the best interests of the industry associations and their member companies, affected government agencies, and the small business community.

The meeting provides an opportunity to exchange pertinent information concerning both small and small disadvantaged business and related matters. They also foster broad-based government-industry communications, cooperation, and understanding.

TRIAD provides a forum in which members may benefit from the exchange of experience, ideas, and information. It acts in an advisory capacity for the development of industry responses to government inquiries. TRIAD also transmits government views to industry through the Materiel Committees of AIA and NDIA. Visit us for conference details and registration.

2015 Healthcare Staffing Summit
Date:  September 28, 2015; 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (PST)
September 29, 2015; 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (PST)
September 30, 2015; 7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (PST)
Location:  Red Rock Resort
Las Vegas, NV
Adrianne Nelson

Innovation in an Environment of Change. Right now, the forecast for healthcare staffing looks pretty bright, but that doesn’t mean it won’t continue to change. Are you prepared for the inevitable evolution of the market?

Attend the 2015 Healthcare Staffing Summit to make sure you’re prepared. Put yourself in a position that will enable you to innovate and create long-term solutions that will simultaneously drive your company’s growth and help your clients solve problems effectively. Visit us for conference details and registration.


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