Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium

The National Veteran Small Business Coalition

VETS is hosted by The National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC). A non-profit trade association, the NVSBC strives to transition Veterans into business 
owners servicing the Federal government and ensure that Veteran businesses are given first consideration for Federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities.

NVSBC Mission:

Transition Veterans into business owners servicing the Federal government.

NVSBC Vision:

Ensure that Veteran businesses are given first consideration for Federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities because these owners continue to serve their country, putting the security of the United States above all else.

Interested in joining us?


National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)
14001-C St. Germain Drive, #652, Centreville, VA 20121
Phone: 703-282-4140


Norfolk, VA


Please find below the VETS2017 schedule of events. All activities will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Monday, June 12, 2017

2:00pm 5:00pm Registration Open
3:00pm 5:00pm NVSBC Membership Meeting
5:00pm 8:00pm NVSBC Reception (Anchor's Away Harbor Cruise) SOLD OUT

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7:30am 8:30am Continental Breakfast
7:30am 5:00pm Registration Open
8:00am 12:30pm Exhibitor Move-In
8:30am 9:00am Opening Ceremony
9:00am 9:45am Keynote - First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, USA (Retired) - Black Hawk Down
9:45am 10:00am Break
10:00am 11:00am General Session: Trump Administration's Acquisition Agenda
11:00am 11:15am Break
11:15am 12:15pm Breakout Session:
      A1. CVE Verification Protection: Everything You Need To Know
      A2. Marketing & Capability Statement
      A3. Joint VenturesThat Win: How It's Done
      A4. Set The Table for Sucess: Growth Strategies for Gov Con Companies
12:15pm 12:30pm Break
12:30pm 2:00pm

Award Luncheon

2:00pm 7:00pm Exhibit Hall Opens
3:00pm 5:00pm VETS Connect: One-on-One Business Matchmaking
5:00pm 7:00pm Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7:30am 5:00pm Registration Open
7:30am 10:00am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30am 12:30pm Exhibit Hall Open
8:00am 9:00am

General Session: DoD Town Hall

9:00am   10:00am

General Session: Civilan Agency Town Hall

10:00am 10:15am Break
10:15am 11:15am General Session: Recent Changes to Government Wide Small Businesses Rules
11:15am 11:30am Break
11:30am 12:30pm Breakouts
      B1. Managing Growth & Success: Sustainability for Mature Small Businesses & Mid-Tier Firms
      B2. Teaming In Today's World
      B3. International Contracting
      B4. Don’t Fear Change
12:30pm 2:00pm Luncheon - NVSBC Overview
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm 3:15pm Breakouts
      C1. Prime Contractors Workshop
      C2. Planning Your Exit
      C3. Unlock the Perfect Federal Opportunity  
      C4. Financing is Available for Startup and Existing Companies
3:15pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm 4:30pm Breakouts
      D1. Are You Ready for Your Next Audit: Preparation and Best Practices on Dealing with Auditors
      D2: Doing Business with UNICOR
      D3. Federal Supply Schedules
      D4. Debriefing and Bid Protest
5:00pm - 6:30pm Evening Town Hall with Tom Leney, Executive Director for Small and Veteran Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (Reserved for Start Ups Businesses)
All are welcome to attend

8:00am 12:00pm Registration Open
8:00am 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am 9:00am

General Session: Remarks from SBA and NVSBC, Breakout Sessions Reviews

9:00am - 9:15am Break
9:15am 10:15am


      SBA-1: Strategic Success: 7 Must Dos to Your "Millions"
      SBA-2: Primes and Private Sector – Veteran Value Proposition 
      NVSBC-1: Industry Group Meeting: Medical Products (Start Time 9:00 am - 11:00 am)
      NVSBC-2: Industry Group Meeting: IT Services
10:15am -


10:30am - 11:30pm Breakouts
      SBA-3: Where Do I Belong?  Federal contracting programs and certifications
      SBA-4: Capability Statement – How to market yourself
      NVSBC-3: Chapter Development
      NVSBC-4: Communications Campaign


- 11:45am Break
11:45am - 12:45pm Breakouts
      S5: Entrepreneurship is a Team Sport:  Local and Regional Resources 
      S6: Life after “Sub-K:” Strategies to Grow, Team and Win
12:45     VETS2017 Ends