NVSBE directly connects VOSBs with PDMs from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other federal agencies, state government, as well as commercial firms with procurement needs. NVSBE also affords PDMs the opportunity to conduct hands-on market research and view product demonstrations all under one roof.
In order to facilitate and encourage targeted networking and peer-to-peer dialogue, participants are grouped in color-coded Communities of Interest (COI). The four COIs, derived from the North American Industry Classification System codes are:
Following the COI color during the engagement will lead you to activities and sessions directly related to your business interest that share commonalities and interdependencies
In its seventh year, NVSBE continues to prove the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers from the federal, state and commercial marketplaces.
64% of respondents stated they learned about new procurement opportunities their firm was able to fulfill.
58% of all respondents stated an intention to submit proposals for opportunities they learned about at the 2016 NVSBE.
57% of small business respondents who attended the 2016 NVSBE and attended a previous NVSBE (2011–2015) stated they received at least one award based on connections made or information received at NVSBE.
56% of 2016 NVSBE small business respondents reported their attendance at the 2015 NVSBE had some influence or was the main reason for them bidding on or receiving an award.
69% of respondents stated the overall the return-on-investment for attending the 2016 NVSBE met or exceeded their expectations.
66% of respondents indicated their interaction with VA Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) met or exceeded their expectations.
53% of respondents stated the most valuable connections made at the 2016 NVSBE were those with potential small business partners.