2018 National Veterans Small
Business Engagement
A Premier Construction Event

New Orleans, LA

October 31 - November 2, 2018

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The 2018 National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), this year’s premiere construction event is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Morial Convention Center. NVSBE 2018 will focus on the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Maintenance (AECFM) industry. The basis for the focused theme of the Engagement is to address VA’s most critical needs and performance gaps that are listed in VA’s Strategic Capital Investment Planning (SCIP) Process Project List. View the SCIP list.

The Direct Access Program anticipates conducting other ‘focused’ Engagements such as Facilities Supplies and Services; Information Technology Supplies and Services; and Other Supplies and Services next year. Once planning is completed information will be published on the VA OSDBU website!

To increase your return on investment, this year’s event will be co-located with the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) Federal Small Business Conference (SBC). This co-location of two major, but separate, events under the same roof enables NVSBE attendees to participate in both events and provides Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) with maximum ACCESS to buyers in AECFM concentrations. NVSBE does not have a separate Exhibit Hall, however, NVSBE and SBC attendees are encouraged to visit the SBC Exhibit Hall. If you want to host a booth in the SBC Exhibit Hall, use the below Exhibit button.

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 VOSBs to connect with the right people to capitalize on opportunities for contract awards and subcontracting. Beginning with this year’s event, NVSBE will focus on providing small businesses access to key industry buyers tailored specifically to your unique Community of Interest (COI). NVSBE directly connects VOSBs with PDMs from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other federal agencies, state government, as well as large firms with small business needs—and provides access to learning sessions to improve the capabilities of small businesses to successfully compete for procurement contracts. 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.

Exhibits are managed and controlled by SBC. You will be redirected to the SBC site for additional information.


In its eighth year, NVSBE continues to prove it is the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers in the federal and commercial marketplaces. This year’s co-location with the SBC will enable VOSBs to:
  • Learn about current and future procurement requirements at Business Opportunity Sessions
  • Discuss your capabilities and address business requirements specific to your industry with the relevant PDM/buyer at Networking Tables
  • Build personal relationships with potential customers and business partners during Dining With Decision Makers lunch networking sessions
  • Engage in One-on-One Matchmaking sessions to build business alliances and meet prospective business partners
  • Expand your networking opportunities and discover subcontracting and teaming opportunities at Networking Receptions
  • Engage in two-way conversation with senior leaders to discuss practical business actions to help meet procurement needs during Senior Leadership Roundtables
  • Listen to industry experts address a combination of topics surrounding the Veteran small business community
  • Plug into Learning Sessions for insight and knowledge from subject matter experts to help improve your small business procurement readiness


Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), VOSBs and other small businesses will obtain first-hand knowledge of how to do business with VA and expert advice on how to position their firms to compete for VA procurement contracts. This venue offers SDVOSBs, VOSBs and other small businesses opportunities to connect with buyers at the right place, and at the right time.

Business Opportunity Sessions (BOS): These sessions are 45 minutes in length; 20-30 minutes for presentation, followed by 15-25 minutes for questions. Attendees will:
  • Gain Direct Access to more than 175 program managers and contracting professionals.
  • Learn about FY 2019-2020 forecasted procurement opportunities and requirements in your COI
  • Meet with buyers from federal agencies and commercial firms

Networking Roundtable Sessions (NRT): Provide a platform for VOSBs and other small businesses to meet directly with buyers to present their capabilities

One-on-One Sessions: Private sessions scheduled by buyers with VOSBs identified as having the capabilities to meet the buyer’s requirements.

Dining With Decision Makers (DWDM): Meet with potential buyers during lunch which facilitates informal conversations. Each buyer will have a designated table and up to nine small businesses will be able to join them.