For the 7th year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is composing a conference for veteran business owners. The conference was first planned in 2005, and has reoccured each year, gaining popularity and importance each year. In the last few years veteran owned businesses have become a bit more popular than they once were. After meeting special qualifications, veteran owned businesses can qualify for preferential opportunities to contract with the government. The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is the Dept. of Veterans Affairs annual way of helping veterans maintain the quality of their business practices and to distribute new information. Attendees take advantage of the opportunity to meet with other veteran business owners, to learn, and to market and network their businesses.
This year’s conference will be held over August 15-18, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Three main venues are planned for the conference. The Small Business Conference, which gives attendees the chance to participate in in various training sessions. Topics include, but are not limited to, finance, development, compliance, marketing, management, strategies, technology implementation, and human resources. The Exhibit Hall will house over 500 booths. These booths will be occupied by Federal agencies, other veteran business owners, and some larger businesses. Veteran business owners who wish to rent one of these booths can find out more information about booth rental packages, prices, and dates here. During the VA Open House, the conference is opened to the public, where everyone will be able to learn about the resources and benefits available to the veteran community as a whole. The specific agenda, as it is so far developed, can be seen here. While this looks quite complete, things are always subject to change.
Registration and travel plans can be made on the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo website. As is custom, registering early has the benefit of a cheaper ticket. Much more information can be found on the Conference’s website.
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