Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)

June 10 - 14, 2018 in Williamsburg VA, is a Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans.

VETS2018 schedule of events will take place at

Williamsburg Lodge
310 South England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185




Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®, a publishing company that provides leadership resources and training. A popular media personality and high-profile human performance expert, Lee focuses on organizational integrity, operational effectiveness and personal accountability for enterprise, government and not-for-profit leaders. His prior experience was as a founding partner and senior vice president of a leadership assessment and human capital management consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance.

His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. His speaking and media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of speaking engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Lee’s interest in leadership was piqued when he served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. Lee’s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal. Lee is also a 2014 inductee into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame and the 2015 DAR Medal of Honor Recipient for a lifetime of patriotic service as a military officer and spokesman for leading with honor.

A prolific writer, blogger and thought leader, Lee's latest award-winning book, Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the HanoiLeeHero Hilton, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor. His previous book, Leading Talents, Leading Teams, was published by Northfield Publishing and shares in-depth team concepts on how to lead and manage based on individual, innate gifts and talents. Additionally, Lee co-authored three books and workbooks on career planning. He is a nationally-recognized presenter and expert on the subjects of leadership and performance, team building, mentoring, and career planning.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.


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


Please find below the VETS2016 schedule of events. All activities will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Based on our attendee feedback, VETS2016 features different levels of breakout sessions to help our Veteran small business owners make the best selection to fit their educational need. Session color indicates the intended audience (but feel free to attend any of them):

    • Start-up/Emerging Business Owners: For start-up/emerging Veteran small business owners with little or no experience in Federal procurement and/or business ownership.
    • Mid-Tier/Mature Business Owners: For mid-tier/mature Veteran business owners who have already broken into the Federal marketplace and are seeking knowledge to grow.

*Agenda subject to change.

Monday, June 20

2:00pm – 5:00pm: Registration Open

3:00pm5:00pmNVSBC Membership Meeting

5:00pm8:00pm: NVSBC Reception

VETS 2018 is focused on one thing—the success of your Veteran-owned Small Business. Will you be a part of the conversation?