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EPCC set to Host 11th Annual Veterans Business Conference next Tuesday

The El Paso Community College’s Contract Opportunities Center will be hosting the 11th Annual Veterans Business Conference.

While this conference targets veteran or disabled veteran owned businesses, all businesses are welcome and are afforded the opportunity to network with potential business partners and teaming or joint venture partners.

This conference is an excellent opportunity for regional veteran and disabled veteran owned businesses to make federal agencies—and their prime contractors‐ aware of their existence and capabilities. It further allows businesses of all socioeconomic categories to network and begin the development of business relationships.

EPCC officials say, “Historically this conference has been a resource for government agencies and contractors to extend their outreach to West Texas and New Mexico and their veteran business community…there is an outstanding line-up of speakers who work to improve the lives of our country’s veterans, and who have extensive experiences in the areas of government contracting.”

The conference’s Keynote Speaker, Matt Schoonover, will present on “Legal Updates Relevant to Small Business Government Contractors and also discuss teaming agreements and joint venture considerations, subcontracting issues for small businesses, and the recent Kingdomware Supreme Court decision. On June 16, 2016, there was a huge victory for SDVOSBs and VOSBs, as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the VA’s “rule of two” is mandatory, and applies to all VA procurements – including GSA Schedule orders.

Mr. Schoonover is a Senior Associate with Koprince Law LLC and his practice focuses on federal government contract law. They also write about government contracting on SmallGovCon.

The Featured Speaker, Joseph Conway, recently retired as the Program Manager for the Contract Opportunities Center but many don’t know about Mr. Conway, the veteran, the helicopter pilot, the police officer, the business owner, the successful businessman who succeeded at careers with the public sector, private sector, military, the educational field and now as a published author! He will share some of the secrets to successful government contracting.

Colonel Michael J. Hester, Garrison Commander, Fort Bliss, Texas will share his thoughts about the importance of the El Paso business community to Fort Bliss.

Carolyn Staten, Deputy, Office of Small Business Programs, US Army Corps of Engineers will present on “How to Do Business with the Corps of Engineers.” Melissa Allen, the AssistantServices Business Manager for Ft Bliss Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will be presenting on “Doing Business with the Exchange.”

Anthony Overbay, Director of Business Operations for Holloman AFB will provide their 2017 Forecast. Mike Medrano, Small Business Specialist with MICC – Fort Bliss will explain how to do business with Fort Bliss.

Training sessions will include:

 Finance Panel with representatives from the SBA, LiftFund, CAFI, Wells Fargo, WestStar Bank, TFCU and PeopleFund. Former SBA administrator Karen Mills, writing for the Harvard Business School, suggests, “Alternative players have the potential to fundamentally change the way in which small businesses access capital.”

 Brigadier General Richard (Dick) Miller (Ret), First Vice-President with the National Veteran Business Development Council, will be presenting about the only third party Veteran-Owned Business Certification. CVE certification only covers small businesses and this provides certification for business opportunities through Supplier Diversity programs.

 Francisco Ortega, a shareholder with ScottHulse will present on “What’s the Best Corporate Structure for your Company”.

Federal, state and local government agencies will have representatives at booths though-out the day. All firms attending the conference are encouraged to take advantage of this networking opportunity and market their firm’s capabilities.

When: Tuesday, August 23 rd from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill, Fort Bliss, Texas

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