DoD and other federal agencies will co-sponsor the annual National Veteran Small Business Conference, a July event that gives valuable opportunities to veteran-owned small businesses. The conference, which takes place in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace from July 19-22, will give veteran business owners a chance to network and learn the intricacies of federal contracting, while providing DoD and non-DoD agencies an opportunity to work toward improving their contract goals.
The conference is hosted by the Veteran Small Business Interagency Council, which features a long list of federal departments. Since its inception in 2005, the conference has grown to accommodate more than 3,500 attendees. Veteran small business owners and representatives from all levels of the federal procurement community attend, as well as large prime contractors and other categories of small businesses, making it the largest conference of its kind. The American Legion has a booth at the event, and many members of the Legion's Small Business Task Force attend.
The conference provides valuable opportunities for veteran small business owners of all types and levels. Attendees can attend educational sessions on understanding legislation affecting small businesses, managing small business finances, successful business strategies, subcontracting with major defense prime contractors and bonding requirements in federal construction. Participants also get to showcase their businesses and participate in face-to-face meetings with government purchasing officials and subcontracting specialists. Many federal officials are on hand as well.