The 2017 National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE) is scheduled for December 5–7, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center. By providing an unprecedented level of access, NVSBE continues to be the most effective way to build relationships with key program and acquisition managers, Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs), and contracting specialists. Connections made during the Engagement allow Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to connect with the right people to capitalize on opportunities for contract awards and subcontracting.
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—and provides learning sessions to improve the capabilities of small businesses to successfully compete for procurement opportunities.
NVSBE also enables VA PDMs to engage with a large number of VOSBs in a short period of time, facilitating market research in support of meeting VA socioeconomic goals.
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.
In its seventh year, NVSBE directly connects Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) with Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) from the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, as well as large commercial firms with small business needs. NVSBE continues to prove as the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers in the federal and commercial marketplaces.