The Department of Veterans Affairs will host the upcoming National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo, Aug. 15-18, 2011 in New Orleans. It will be the largest nationwide conference of its kind focused on helping veteran-owned businesses succeed in winning federal contracts. "Veteran-owned businesses provide world class services and expand employment opportunities for some of our Nation’s most highly-trained and motivated men and women," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "That is why VA is proud to host this annual conference to help better prepare these veteran-owned businesses to compete and win contracts with the federal government." The conference, scheduled for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will provide Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses of all sizes with an opportunity to learn, network, and market their businesses. The conference will offer a variety of new training sessions on navigating the federal acquisition process, including finance, compliance, business development, marketing, strategy, contract management, human resources, technology, and program management. The conference track sessions will be targeted for a variety of businesses from new business owners just back from theater to well-established veteran-owned businesses looking to expand opportunities or increase market share. An open house has been added to the event to give Veterans from both the conference and local region the opportunity to experience the wide range of resources available to the Veteran community. The National Veteran Small Business Conference is open to both government and non-government personnel. For more information and to register for the conference, go to www.nationalveteransconference.com.
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