National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo

For Veterans with entrepreneurial ambitions, VA hosts the annual National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo. This year’s event will take place August 15th through the 18th in New Orleans, and the organizers expect 4,000 attendees. The fees vary based on advancement of registration and amount of attendance, with on-site signup costing the full $400 for the entire conference. Those wishing to participate in the expo pay for their booths separately. Its organizers have helpfully negotiated and listed different rates from surrounding hotels to ease planning.

The website bills the experience as an opportunity to learn, network, and advertise, complete with online resources to find and maintain relationships. The agenda operates on three different tracks geared toward all levels of expertise: an introduction to starting a small business, how to do business with the government, and a showcase of various VA benefits. Secretary Shinseki headlines the keynote speakers, also among whom are DoD’s Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and the president, founder, and CEO of MicroTech. The schedule rounds itself off by including a service project and an awards presentation.

Bottom line: the organizers have put together a complete program with offerings for everybody from brand new startups to Veteran companies. And besides, these conferences have a way of tapping into a certain sense of camaraderie that’s tough to find elsewhere. Those unadvertised benefits can be the biggest draw for some.

For more information, see: http://www.nationalveteransconference.com/welcome.

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