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Release No: 612-05
June 17, 2005

DoD Holds Conference to Promote Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

The Department of Defense Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (SADBU), in cooperation with the Army Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, will host the first National Veterans Small Business Conference June 20-22, at Caesars Palace Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.


The three-day meeting is a result of a Presidential Executive Order signed October 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 in attendance.


Frank Ramos, director of SADBU, said, The primary purpose of the conference is to assist and educate service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses on government contracting and subcontracting opportunities. It will provide important information on the status of veteran small business programs throughout the federal government. The conference also will address how the Presidents Executive Order is being implemented, strategies for increasing business opportunities, and products and services available to assist with business growth.


In addition to senior DoD officials, the conference will have representatives from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, State Department, Department of Treasury, and theDepartment of Transportation.


Information on the conference is available at the following Web site: .

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