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Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference

This time next week, many of us will be preparing to leave home en route to Detroit, others of us will already be there.  We’ve waited a full year for the National Veterans Conference and its almost here again!  Can you feel the excitement and the anticipation?  I’m ready to get started, how about you?

I’ve heard some people describe their attendance of the National Veterans Conference as old school week, a class reunion of sorts.  There is little doubt that many old friendships will be renewed and comrades from duty assignments long past will appear in the sea of conventioneers attending the conference next week.  I’m equally confident that many war and sports stories will also be told and retold during the week.

While everything just described can be wonderfully enjoyable experiences, they are not among the primary reasons we’ve chosen to once again attend the National Veterans Conference.  There are serious business issues that must be addressed and worked out so Veterans with Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can have resolution as we leave Detroit, go back home and continue to build and grow our businesses.

Among the top issues conveyed to me are; 1. The VA’s unwillingness to honor and support PL 109-461, the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which gives priority to VOSBs in contracting with the VA, 2.  The seeming inability to register in the VIP database in a reasonable period of time and 3. The amount and type information requested for registration and verification.  The current process appears to be very subjective.

What are the Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference?  Let us know your thoughts.


See you on the high ground!


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How do I Show Up? Three little words.

How do I show up?  Have you ever asked that question of yourself?  Yes?  That’s awesome!  Better still, have you ever answered that question?  If you did, how truthful were you?  We can lie to any and everybody else, but we can’t lie to ourselves.  Knowing how you show up is really important, especially when you’re looking for potential business partners or in need of referrals.

The National Veterans Conference is just around the corner and upwards of 6,000 attendees are projected to be in the Motor City the last week in June.  Most of the usual suspects will be there, of course the federal, state and perhaps even some local buyers will be on hand too.  When you get the opportunity to walk the floor, how will you show up to the people you meet?

As you swiftly move from breakout session to breakout session and traverse the corridors of the Cobo Convention Center, how will you show up to the people you meet?  What three words do you want people to think when they see you?  What do you want people to think about you after they spend time with you?  What three things are you willing to commit to doing to ensure your pre and post National Veterans Conference experiences are powerful?


See you on the high ground!

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