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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 036-05
June 17, 2005

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference Is Open to Media

            The Department of Defense Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, in cooperation with its Army counterpart, is holding the first National Veterans Small Business Conference June 20-22, at Caesar's Palace Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

            The meeting, which is open for media coverage, is a result of a Presidential Executive Order signed Oct. 21, 2004, that requires the federal government to significantly increase contracting and subcontracting opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.  More than 700 service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, federal agency representatives, large DoD prime contractors and acquisition officials will be present.

            The point of contact for this event is John Thompson, (301) 792-8680.  Information on the conference is available at the following Web site: http://216.200.89.135/conference/veteran04/index.asp.

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