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Education and Training

VA OSDBU’s Strategic Outreach and Communications (SOC) Education and Training Team (SOC-E&T) focuses on educating Veteran-owned and other small businesses on Doing Business with VA (DBVA) and other agencies within the federal government.

VA OSDBU’s Framework for Success compiles processes and knowledge areas into a business model that is a checklist used by VA OSDBU to ensure small businesses are procurement ready; that is, having the ability to meet the requirements necessary to compete for VA and other federal contracting opportunities.

Framework for Success

Framework for Success
  • Awareness: readiness prerequisites for doing business with VA.
  • Risk Mitigation: minimizing business and agency risk.
  • Access: market to procurement decision makers (PDMs).
  • Procurement Mechanisms: contract vehicles and types.
  • Performance: how you are doing on fulfilling requirements.

Training Resource Library

OSDBU provides training resources targeted to specific audiences within the small business community to promote procurement readiness. Resources focus on educating Veteran-owned and other small business on Doing Business with VA and other agencies within the federal government. Get Started »

Webinar Courses and Registration Options

Curriculum-based webinar training is designed for Veteran-owned and other small businesses with the necessary information, resources, and tools to build and grow.

Introduction to VA OSDBU

This course introduces Veteran-owned and other small businesses to VA OSDBU and its mission with highlights on services available through VA Small and Veteran Business Programs. View dates and register »

Building an Effective Capabilities Statement

This course defines a capabilities statement, why it is used, how to create one, and what information to include within its five sections to effectively market your business. View dates and register »

Validating VA's Access to Your Website (BrightCloud)

This course covers how to validate and reclassify your website using BrightCloud, an internet-based threat intelligence service. Ensuring that your small business website is accessible through VA’s firewall network is a crucial part of doing business with VA. View dates and register » 

Navigating FedBizOpps

This course is designed to provide Veteran owned and other small businesses the necessary training on navigating FedBizOpps for VA opportunities. Participants will learn how to use advanced features to search for opportunities, save searches, set alerts, and many other functions. View dates and register »

Procurement Readiness

Training for Procurement Readiness consists of three (3) courses, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The series is designed to provide Veteran owned and other small businesses with the fundamentals of becoming procurement ready to do business with VA. Participants will learn about starting a small business, doing business with the federal government, and doing business with VA.
View dates and register »

Success at NVSBE

Success at NVSBE for Small Businesses
An excellent primer to prepare SDVOSBs/VOSBs and other small businesses for attendance at the National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE)—the largest procurement event for the Veteran small business community.
Learn more about NVSBE »

Vets First Verification Program

Verification Program Webinars and Town Halls

Verification Webinar and Town Hall sessions offer interactive training with question and answer discussions specific to the Vets First Verification Program.
Learn more to register »

Doing Business With VA

Learn more about VA Small and Veteran Business Programs and how to access procurement opportunities. Get started doing business with VA »

Training and Employment Program

Unique training and employment programs designed for our Nation’s Veterans. Find training and employment for Veterans »

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    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420

    OSDBU Call Center:
    1–866–584–2344
    Email: osdbu@va.gov
    Hours: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (Eastern)
For advice on potential procurement opportunities in your area, contact your local

VA Small Business Liaison.

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