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The National Veteran Conference (the lineup)

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Ms. Tracey L. Pinson, Director, Small Business Programs, Department of the Army and her staff for the outstanding job they did over the past 6 years with the National Veteran Conference.  Under her visionary leadership, the conference and program has continued to gain momentum each year.  The Veteran-Owned Small Business community is eternally grateful for your tireless efforts. 

This year, however, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the National Veteran Conference and the Veteran-Owned Small Business movement.  This year places the responsibility for sponsoring and hosting this conference squarely on the shoulders of the agency that should bare that full responsibility – the VA.  Who better to lead a conference for Veterans than the agency responsible FOR Veterans?  It only makes sense! 

I am quite pleased to see that charge being lead by an old 1st Cav soldier, GEN Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and one of our Keynote Speakers.  Other Keynote Speakers include; Mr. W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Frank Kendall, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Mr. Anthony R. Jimenez, President, CEO, and Founder of MircoTech and a former Vetrepreneur of the Year, Ms. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. John Gingrich, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Honorable Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans. 

The focus of this year’s National Veteran Conference is narrowed to just 3 tracks.  Track 1:  Starting a Veteran-Owned Small Business, Track 2:  Doing Business with the Federal Government and Track 3:  Business Requirements.  There are a variety of topics/subjects being offered under each of these tracks, but it does appear that we are going “Back to the Basics.”   I think this is an excellent idea and the training is greatly needed!  For those of you that have followed the VBR blog, you might recall more than a few posts talking about “The Basics.”  Perhaps our message of “Empowerment Through Education” is reaching the highest levels of government and flowing out to “the field” after all. 

See you on the high ground!



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