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Benefits and Methods of Certification for Veteran Owned Small Business

Are you a veteran-owned small business or a service-disabled veteran-owned small business? If so, certification might be an opportunity to grow your business! The government limits competition for certain contracts with a goal to award 3% of all federal contracts to businesses that participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs Awards sets aside contracts to veterans through their Veterans First Contracting Program. Veteran-owned businesses must be verified through the Vets First Verification Program to get access to set-aside Veterans Affairs contracts. Many corporate supplier diversity programs also include initiatives to source to Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned small businesses.   

In addition to contracting, certified veteran-owned small businesses can apply to receive federal surplus property. The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program enables certain non-federal organizations to obtain personal property that the federal government no longer needs. This excess property can include  tools and building supplies, furniture and office supplies, aircraft, and much more! Eligible veteran-owned small businesses can now work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to access the federally owned surplus personal property through the donation program. 

Come join the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Bradley University for this webinar event in honor of National Veterans Small Business Week to find out how to certify the status of your small business. We are excited to go over the Veterans Affairs Veterans First Contracting Program as well as other targeted opportunities in this webinar. 

Topic Points:

  1. Why become certified? Understanding the opportunities of set-aside programs.
  2. What can certifications can do for you?
  3. What are the benefits of being certified?
  4. Understand which certification is right for your business.
  5. Overview of requirements to prepare

Our Speaker

Keli Krueger-Huhra has 28 years of progressive career growth in automotive manufacturing integrating Procurement and Supply with the organization’s strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Illinois PTAC program, she was General Manager/Director, Procurement and Supply at Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division where she was responsible for 32 direct and indirect management and staff engaged in Procurement Administration, Cost Engineering, Production Purchasing, Material and Services Purchasing, Supplier Quality Assurance and New Model Engineering and Development directing annual spends of $740M in Global Sourcing with suppliers in 266 global locations. Ms. Krueger-Huhra has received the globally recognized CPSM designation by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Benefits and Methods of Certification for Veteran Owned Small Business

November 4

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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