VETS 2019

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)

May 29 - 31, 2019 in San Antonio, TX, is a Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans.

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 and Vision:
Transition Veterans into business owners servicing the Federal government. 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?

Contact:NVSBC
National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)
14001-C St. Germain Drive, #655
Centerville, VA 20121
Email:
Website: http://www.nvsbc.org

The National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) membership is open to all Veteran-owned and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses. You may sign-up for membership during the VETS2018 conference registration process.

It is the vision of the NVSBC to 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. Click here to learn more about the organization and its goals.

The NVSBC offers the following membership options:

Members

  • Small, veteran-owned or service disabled veteran owned: $295/year
  • Small, veteran-owned or service disabled veteran owned businesses which are large under their primary NAICS code but have 1,500 employees or less: $1000/year

Assoicate Members

  • Mid-Tier – 1,500 employees or less: $1,000/year
  • Other Small Businesses – non-veteran-owned federal government contractors. Must be owned by U.S. citizens and small based upon their Primary NAICS Code size standard: $500/year

Supporting Members

  • Non profit organizations, agencies, or departments of the federal government: $500/year
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) or the like: $50/year
  • Large Businesses: $2,000/year

Benefits of Membership

  • Advance notification regarding issues affecting the veteran community as it pertains to federal procurement issues
  • Your voice will join other voices in being heard to ensure that the veteran community gets a fair share of procurement dollars
  • Access to Members Only Section which will allow members to ask questions of other members to seek business advice regarding federal procurement information
  • Permission to use the official NVSBC logo on corporate websites demonstrating your support of this organization

For further information on membership, please visit the NVSBC membership webpage.

Hear what attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors are saying about VETS:

 “This is the first conference I've supported where the core objective is to educate and train entrepreneurs and small business owners…The most effective and advantageous Veteran's event I've been privileged to support.“
~ Joshua Frank, Principal, RSM Federal; VETS2011 & 12 Speaker


"VETS has been the very best veterans conference in the country for ALL veteran business owners – novice and experienced. The conference is top notch and allows for ample time for great networking."
~ Jerry Paulsen, President, Paulsen Productions; VETS2011, 12 & 13 Speaker


"Great educational sessions. Knowledgeable presenters...Very effective conference. You don't feel overwhelmed."
~ Anonymous, VETS2012 


DSC 0104.v1"BAE Systems is proud to be a legacy sponsor of this veteran small business conference.  We have found it to be a worthwhile investment that allows for meaningful networking.  The workshops are excellent, offering valuable information for both large businesses and veteran owned small businesses."
~ Diane Dempsey, Director, Socio Economic Business Programs, BAE Systems; VETS2011,12 & 13 Exhibitor, Sponsor, and Matchmaking Buyer


"I thought that the conference was a very first class operation - great learning opportunities for veterans, and a great opportunity to build networks and further collaborations for all involved."
~ Dr. Bill Osgood, President, Knowledge Institute, Inc.; VETS2012 & 13 Speaker

"...the conference was a very first class operation - great learning opportunities for veterans, and a great opportunity to build networks..."
~ Anonymous, VETS2012 

VETS2012-Matchmaking 010-DSC 2435v1"The Army OSBP has exhibited at VETS for the past two years and we are looking forward to participating again in 2013. Both years, we met qualified Veteran Small Business Owners in the Exhibit Hall booth and networked with potential Suppliers during the one-on-on sessions."
~ James Lloyd, Assistant to the Director, VO/SDVOSB and HUBZone Programs, U.S. Dept. of the Army, OSBP; VETS2011 & 12 Exhibitor, Speaker, and Matchmaking Buyer

"VETS2012 exposed us to numerous Veteran entrepreneurs, and featured very interesting guest speakers."
~ Richard Mann, Program Manager, NASA OSBP; VETS2011 & 12 Exhibitor, Sponsor, and Matchmaking Buyer

"VETS annual symposium is an innovative and creative approach, to mentoring and networking Veteran entrepreneurs. The intimate nature of VETS annual event, leads to a uniquely successful business experience, with a high return on investment of time and effort."
~ Dr. Karl B. Ross, President & CEO, All Business Machines Inc. (ABMICorp)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-50) established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

On December 16, 2003, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-183) was passed by Congress. Section 308 of the Act established a procurement program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBC). This procurement program provides that federal contracting officers may restrict competition to SDVOSBCs and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met.

Presidential Executive Order 13360, signed in October 2004, calls for a significant increase in Federal contracting and subcontracting opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. The central feature of the Executive Order calls for all Federal agencies to develop a strategic plan to significantly increase its contracting and subcontracting with small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

Access to the One-on-One Business Sessions is included in the conference registration fee. Hence, One-on-One participants must be registered for the VETS2018 which requires a registration fee. One-on-One Business Sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 2:30 pm -  5:00 pm.

Buyers will host seven 15-minute sessions to engage VOSB/SDVOSBs in discussions related to contracting opportunities.

A Supplier may request up to three sessions with Buyers operating in a relevant product/service category. All paid conference registrants who request participation will receive an email notification of when sign up will begin.

 

VETS 2019 is focused on one thing—the success of your Veteran-owned Small Business. Will you be a part of the conversation?