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2012 National Veterans Conference; the Secretary Speaks

VBR, this year’s National Veterans Conference is in the books – stick a fork in it, it is done.  I have heard mixed reviews about this year’s conference.  Some flattering comments and some not so flattering comments.  Regardless of where you come down on the conference, one thing is for sure, news was made and communicated to the attendees.

During the Dining with Decision Makers Plenary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Mr. Eric Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs made some potentially powerful statements about SDVOSBs and VOSBs contracting with the VA.  According to the General, not only will VA honor and obey P.L. 109-461, but this is how they will honor it:

  1. All potential awards not going to SDVOSBs or VOSBs must be reviewed and signed off by a senior executive before award is made.
  2. All potential Federal Supply Schedule awards not going to the same group must likewise be reviewed and signed off by a senior executive.
  3. The VIP Verification process will be and has been simplified.  There is now bi-annual re-verification of the VIP database and
  4. The VA Mentor Protégé Program has expanded from 25 to 50 agreements.

Mr. Shinseki actually made more declarative statements about the VA’s interactions with the Veteran business community, but these are 4 points that deserve special mention and attention.  These announcements can be game changers!  Or, they could just be more “Double Talk.”  What do you think?


See you on the high ground! 


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Flags, Fireworks and Parades for The 4th of July

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting home – alone.  Well not exactly, Michael Franks is playing in the background as I reflect on the past week.  I attended the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  That was quite the experience, but I’ll share that story with you a little later.

I’d just started getting into the saxophone solo on Eighteen Aprils when I was startled back into reality by what sounded like a firecracker.  Impossible, this is inside city limits and no firecrackers or ordnance of any type will be discharged inside city limits, right?  Oh well, I guess we’re just getting an early start on the annual fireworks that accompany most 4th of July celebrations.

When I went to check mail this morning I saw a small U.S. flag sticking in the ground near our mailbox.  As I looked down our street, I noticed that each yard had a similar flag sticking in the ground near their mailboxes as well.  A sure tell tale sign that we’re getting ready to celebrate the 4th.  My neighborhood has done this for as long as I can remember.  We will also have a neighborhood/community parade.

While these are all very nice ways to celebrate our Independence Day, let me offer something else for you to consider.  Walk up to a service member and say “Thank You.”     Thank you for “standing in the gap” and providing the freedoms we enjoy yesterday, today and tomorrow.  If you’re a business owner or executive with hiring authority, offer the Veteran a job.  Can we do this?


See you on the high ground!

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