(Nov. 5, 2013) -- The UTSA SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will partner with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to host the fourth annual Veterans Business Symposium at the Norris Conference Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
All current and former military members and their spouses are invited to attend the symposium, which will feature dynamic speakers and information on how to expand businesses through local, state and federal government procurement opportunities.
"As veterans transition from the military or look for other opportunities, they find the option of starting a business or contracting very challenging. The Veterans Business Symposium will provide attendees a unique opportunity to learn about business and procurement opportunities leading to financial impact," said Terri Williams, UTSA SBDC PTAC director.
Through a partnership with the Chase foundation, the symposium is being offered at no cost to attendees and will include breakfast and lunch. Registration is required. "We are proud to partner with Chase, who are advocates for veterans as business owners in addition to hiring veterans," said Williams.
The day's activities will include a small business owner panel, a keynote presentation by Col. Michael T. Luft, director of contracting at Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base; U.S. Air Force and feature workshops on Vetbiz certification for veteran and service disabled veteran owned businesses; and System Award Management (SAM) registration.
Curtis Mohler, retired military veteran and senior business development specialist for the SBDC PTAC, said, "SAM can be very confusing to those who are new to the system. At the symposium we will provide information on general registration requirements, system definitions and technical functionality."
Attendees also will be educated on the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) verification requirements and processes to earn certification as a veteran owned small business or a service disabled veteran owned small business for inclusion in the Vetbiz database.
"Companies granted approvals into the database are offered preferential access to VA government contracts and set-aside funds. It is a win-win situation for our veterans and the government," said Mohler.
>> Visit the event website for a complete agenda. Registration for the event is required and will close at 5 p.m. Nov. 8.
The UTSA SBDC PTAC is a specialty center of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, and assists with:
"Our goal at the SBDC PTAC is to provide veteran-owned, small businesses with the advising and training they need to start or expand their business, access capital and how to do business with the federal government," said Williams.
>> Connect online with the PTAC on Facebook.
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