Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)

June 11 - 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 VETS'18 schedule of events. All activities will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge

Monday, June 11, 2018

8:30am 5:00pm Registration Open
1:00pm 5:00pm 1st Annual Golf Tournament - Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
5:00pm 7:00pm NVSBC Golf Reception (Sponsored by AvKare)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

7:00am 8:00am Continental Breakfast
7:00am 5:00pm Registration Open
7:00am 12:00pm Exhibitor Move-In
8:00am 8:30am Opening Ceremony
8:30am 9:30am General George Washington Keynote
9:30am 9:45am Break
9:45am 10:45am Membership Meeting
10:45am 11:00am Break
11:00am 12:00pm Breakout Session:
      A1. Winning Strategies and Proven Best Practices for Government Prospecting
      A2. Grow By Acquisition: How Your SD/VOSB Could Buy A Company (Mature Track)
      A3. How Will the New Tax Law Impact Small Business?
      A4. Protest Download:  Bid Protests, Size Protests, and Status Protests
12:00pm 1:45pm Award Luncheon (Champions Awards & Presentation of Gordon H. Mansfield Award)
1:45pm   5:00pm Exhibit Hall Opens
2:30pm 5:00pm VETS Connects - One-on-One Matchmaking By govmates
5:00pm 6:00pm Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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

General Session: Latest Trends in the Federal Acquisition Marketplace

9;30am - 9:45am Break
9:45am   10:45am

General Session: OSDBU Directors Panel (Representatives from across the governments OSDBU’s)

10:45am 11:00am Break
11:00am 12:00pm Breakouts
      B1.How to Competitively Respond to Sources Sought (SS) and Influence the Acquisition
      B2. Working with Commercial Large Businesses
      B3. Increasing Your Business Through Mergers or Acquisitions (Mature Track)
      B4. Advanced Master Class: Using Your VOSB and SDVOSB Certification to Drive Growth Now (Mature Track)
      B5. Large Prime Contractor Town Hall Panel Session
      B6. CVE Verification: The Do’s & Don’ts
12:00pm 2:30pm Networking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
2:30pm - 6:00pm Exhibitor Move-Out
2:30pm 3:30pm Breakouts
      C1. Setting the Table for Success:  Growth Strategies for your GovCon firm
      C2. SBA Resources to Help Veterans
      C3. Handling Discrimination and Harassment by the Client
      C4.Advanced Teaming Strategies for Business Development and Capture: How to Use Teaming, JVs and the Mentor Protégé Programs to Score the Contracts You Want (Mature Track)
      C5. Win Your First Federal Contract
      C6. Legal Secrets – FAR Contracting Boundaries
3:30pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm 5:00pm Breakouts
      D1. Mistakes I Made Growing My Business
      D2: Strategies for Success in the Commercial World
      D3. Ready for Growth: 10 Mistakes a Growing Company Makes Lead to Employment and Federal Contracting Claims
      D4. What is Procurement Ready?
      D5. Loves Labor’s Not Lost:  Win Big When You Lose (Mature Track)
      D6. Content Marketing That Drives The Win (Mature Track)

Thursday, June 14, 2018 

7:30am 12:00pm Registration Open
7:30am 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am 9:45am


      E1: VETS 2 GWAC Industry Group with GSA
      E2: VA Electronic Health Record Opportunities
      E3: Construction Industry Group – Claims and other Construction Challenges and How to Work with a Bonding Company to Increase Your Bond Capacity
      E4: Vector Industry Group – General Discussion (Members Only)
      E5. SBA Track
8:30am 9:30am E6. Medical Products Group with SAC & NAC
 9:30am  - 9:45am  Break - Medical Industry Group
9:45am   - 10:00am Break - All Other Sessions
9:45am 10:45am F1: Medical Products Group with VHA
10:00am - 11:30am Breakouts
      F2: VETS 2 GWAC Industry Group (Members Only)
      F3: Vector Industry Group with SAC
      F4: Construction Industry Group – General Discussion
      F5: NaVOBA Track
11:00am  - 12:00pm  F6. Medical Products Group – General Discussion


    VETS2018 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?