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Disabled Veteran Business Alliance (DVBA) – Turning Contracts into Contacts – 5th Annual Procurement Conference. Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241.  Go here for details:

https://www.trailblz.info/disabledvetba/eviewer.aspx?vid=3F2E2713BC5D6680079A15795616DD10FCC17FCD4C9BB9963FBB29C375662DC4

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The 13th Annual Elite SDVOSB Network National Conference/Convention, San Antonio, Texas, August 24 – 26, 2016.  For details:  http://www.sdvobconference.com/

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Veterans Launching Ventures Course – Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)

Are you a veteran who’s ready to meet your next challenge? Do you want to start (or grow) your own business, but need some guidance? If you’re a veteran, and the idea of being an entrepreneur excites you, the Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program is for you.

VLV will give you the skills and support you need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses.

VLV is a ten-week program of combined in-person instruction and online education. The course is free to all those who successfully complete all requirements. A $175 deposit is required and will be returned upon successful completion of the course.

You will graduate from the course knowing:

  • fundamental entrepreneurial skills needed in today’s business environment;
  • the competencies you need to launch your new business;
  • how to build a robust marketing plan;
  • how to develop financial projections for your new business;
  • how to develop a comprehensive business plan so you can make an informed decision about the feasability of starting your new business.

What makes VLV a great program for veterans?

  • Veterans enjoy a supportive collegial environment with other veterans.
  • Each veteran is matched with his or her own mentor for individual guidance and support during the program. Mentors are successful entrepreneurs themselves.
  • Each mentor will continue to assist / guide the veteran for a period of ten months following completion of the course.

Who can apply for the course?

  • All veterans from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy
  • All spouses and children of veterans

To apply, or for more information about Veterans Launching Ventures:
• Email fduvlv@gmail.com with “VLV” in the subject line
• Call 973-443-8842
• Visit  http://fdu.edu

Announcement from IBM Small Business Program Office

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Are you a Women Owned Small Business looking to network? If so, you have TWO big opportunities to network with IBM and many other large businesses and federal agencies. The US Women’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting its spring summit March16-17th, http://uswcc.org/events/national-small-business-federal-contracting-summit-spring-2016/. The Women as Veteran’s Entrepreneurs (WAVE) hosts its 6th Annual Summit March 17th, https://wave2016.busyconf.com/bookings/new

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The American Legion is conducting a two-day Veterans Small Business Workshop in conjunction with the annual Washington Conference, Feb. 23-24. The free workshop, called ‘Small Business Roadmap to Success’, is geared toward servicemembers, veterans and spouses who own their own businesses or are thinking about starting one. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify solid business opportunities, avoid common pitfalls and maximize their earning potential. Register for the workshop at bit.ly/1osdrcy

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