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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Conferences and Events

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Calendar of Upcoming Conferences and Events

November
KC Small Business Networking (VOSB)
Date:  November 4, 2014; 7:15am - 9:15pm (CDT)
Location:  The Board Room at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
POC:  Jasmine Thompson
Synopsis:  Networking breakfast for small businesses hosted by the KC Chamber highlighting Veteran-owned businesses. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7:15a.m. to 9:00a.m. in the Chamber Board Room at Union Station, Kansas City, MO. The breakfast is presented in collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board's Small Business Committee and expects attendance of approximately 80-120 small businesses. This event is in honor of Veteran's Day, highlighting Veteran-owned businesses that will be providing two-minuite presentations. Registration website >>
Service Disabled & Veterans Owned Small Business 8th Annual Matchmaking Event and Training Conference
Date:  November 5, 2014; 7:30am - 12:30pm (EST)
Location:  Officer's Club, 95 Perry Road, Newport, RI 02841
POC:  Stephan Katz
(401) 278-9141
Synopsis:  Event is open to Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Only. Matchmaking gives businesses the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from Prime Contractors and U.S. Government agencies. Registration website >>
Business Opportunity Fair
Date:  November 6, 2014; 8:00am - 2:00pm (CDT)
Location:  Maner Conference Center, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 17th and Western, Topeka, KS 66612
POC:  Rhonda Harris
Synopsis:  To Connect small, minority and women owned businesses with procurement and contracting officers, as well as valuable information to grow small businesses. Registration website >>
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:   Margot Dorfman
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. See event flyer >>
New England Regional Veteran Small Business Opportunity
Date:  November 14, 2014; 9:00am (EST)
Location:  Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worchester, MA
POC:  Chris King
(401) 278-9141
Synopsis:  A unique opportunity for New England certified and procurement ready Veteran owned small businesses to engage directly with procurement decisions makers and discuss contract requirements. For New England Veteran owned small businesses not quite ready to bid on contracts, this regional event brings together specialists and counselors to learn how to become certified and procurement ready. Don’t miss this opportunity to start, grow, or stabilize your small business. Hosted by Department of Veteran Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Small Business Administration, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce 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.
CIT Funding Sources & SBIR Intro - Lunch & Learn
Date:  November 19, 2014; 11:00am - 1:30pm (EST)
Location:  Old Dominion University Business Gateway, 4111 Monarch Way, Suite 106, Norfolk, VA 23508
POC:  Monique McWhite
Synopsis:  The Center for Innovative Technology works with early stage technology based entrepreneurs to assist them in financing the development of their technology and their company. At this Lunch and Learn session, CIT will present an intro to these CIT managed programs and provide information on upcoming opportunities. This session will also provide an in-depth intro to the federal Small Business Innovation Research funding programs. Registration website >>
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
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Conference
Date:  December 9-11, 2014
Time varies for each day; see agenda
Location:  Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
POC:  Nick Desport
(703) 549 - 3800 x 170
Belle Febbraro
(703) 549 - 3800 x 171
Synopsis:  This year, the conference begins on Tuesday, with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Luncheon with the Keynote and the Air Force Plenary Session followed by the Ice Breaker Reception, and much more. Registration website >>
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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March
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May
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June
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July
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August
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October
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