February

Title: AF Sustainment Small Business Industry Day
Date(s): Tuesday, February 13 – Thursday, February 15
Location: Davis Conference Center | 1651 N 700 W | Layton, UT
Website: https://afconference.brtrc.com/AFSBID/2018Sustainment/
Description: Small Business Industry Day (SBID) outreach event sponsored by the Air Force Sustainment is designed to increase small business participation and awareness in the Air Force supply chain. The AF Sustainment SBID provides benefit to the Air Force by creating partnerships and increasing small business participation. The event focuses on small business capabilities, Air Force business opportunities, and matching Air Force subject matter experts with the large and small business communities. The 2018 AF Sustainment SBID takes place February 13-15, 2018, in Layton, UT, with a combination of AF Senior Level speakers, informational briefings, networking opportunities, as well as one-on-ones between small businesses and government POCs. This opportunity is a forum that emphasizes small business capabilities and new concepts, highlights existing small business products, and promotes collaboration. Registration required.

Title: The Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) Industry Day
Date: Wednesday, February 21
Location: Washington Hilton | 1919 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington, DC
Registration: Parties interested in attending this special event must send an email to Capt Sherry Jackson at sherry.l.jackson62.mil@mail.mil  and/or Michelle Pederson michelle.pederson.1@us.af.mil and/or TSgt Stacey Little stacey.m.little3.mil@mail.mil no later than 16 February 2018 at 1600 EST.The email must include the following information for all Industry Day attendees:

  • Full name (first and last name)
  • Company Name

Description: Open to all small and large businesses. All AFDW Contracting officers will be present!
Industry Day event is free to attend. This event will begin promptly at 1100 and will include the following:

  • Networking Hour & Lunch (on your own)
  • Welcome address & Mission Brief by Maj Gen James Jacobson – Air Force District of Washington Commander
  • Trends in Air Force Contracting -Special Guest Speaker
  • Listing of potential Headquarters Air Force and Secretary of the Air Force upcoming requirements for FY18 and FY19
  • Customer Base Panel
  • Closing Comments

March 

Title: NVSBC Tampa Chapter Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 1
Location: Centre Club – Tampa | 123 Westshore Blvd, 8th floor | Tampa, FL
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nvsbc-tampa-chapter-dinner-mtg-tickets-4768910941
Description: Join us for our March meeting and hear from 3 amazing professionals with over 60 years combined experience in government contracting! Bring your questions and meet and greet! There is no substitute for personal interaction and networking!

Lilliam Maldonado-Gutierrez, Small Business Professional, 6th Contracting Squadron,  will present “How to do business with MacDill”. She brings over 22 years of contracting and budget experience. Karen Krymski, Govt Contracting Specialist, SBDC, Univ of South Florida, successful entrepreneur of a woman owned IT Security Company, currently specializes in assisting businesses with developing federal govt strategies, attaining CVE status and much more. Yolanda Goodloe, business consultant, SBDC, Pinellas County will update on the opportunities provided for veteran business owners and answer your questions. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Title: Veterans In Business Conference
Date: Thursday, March 22
Location: Army Navy Country Club | 1700 Army Navy Drive | Arlington VA
 Website: http://www.veteransbusinessconference.org
Description: The Annual Veterans In Business Conference provides education, networking and business opportunities for military Veterans who continue to strengthen our country with their small business endeavors and entrepreneurial spirit. The conference was created by civic and business leaders in Northern Virginia to provide networking opportunities, training and exposure to veterans who wish to grow their businesses (whether it be B2B, B2G,B2C or non-profit) through the many opportunities the metro DC area affords.

April

Title: 11th Annual Veteran Small Business Conference
Date: Thursday, April 5
Location: Pinery at the Hill | 775 W Bijou St, | Colorado Springs CO
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-veterans-small-business-conference-tickets-41081481818
Description: Don’t miss out on the year’s premier business training event for veteran entrepreneurs and those who wish to employ veterans! Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center at the Pinery at the Hill in Colorado Springs. Topics include franchising, certifications, financing, search engine optimization, HR compliance. This is your chance to learn from the best while networking with fellow businesses in Colorado. Don’t wait to register – this event WILL sell out!

Title: 28th Annual Government Procurement Conference (GPC)
Date: Thursday, April 19
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW | Washington DC
Website: https://www.fbcinc.com/e/procurement/default.aspx
Description: The Government Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 28th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States.

May 

Title: 17th Annual U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Forum & Expo (DOE2018)
Dates: Tuesday, May 22 – Thursday, May 24
Location: The Westin Galleria Houston | 5060 West Alabama | Houston, TX
Website: https://energy.gov/osdbu/smallbusinessconference/small-business-conference
Description: DOE2018 draws nearly 1000 attendees to meet with; DOE’s site and facility management contractors, which includes 17 National Laboratories; other small business concerns as well as other Federal agencies. DOE2018will also feature a large Exhibit Hall with over 100 exhibitors, as well as business matchmaking sessions for small business owners to discuss their products and services to DOE Federal and prime contractor representatives..

June

Title:  Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS18)
Date(s): Sunday, June 10 – Thursday June 14
Location: The Williamsburg Lodge | 310 South England Street | Williamsburg VA
Website: http://veterantrainingsymposium.com
Description: VETS brings together Federal agencies, Prime   contractors, and Veterans to network and discuss how to take full advantage of the Federally mandated contracting opportunities set aside for Veteran-owned small businesses. For over 20 years various Veteran small business groups have achieved success in advocating for Veterans to be seen as a viable force in the Federal government acquisition landscape.

Beginning with the enactment of Public Law 106-50 in 1998, the nation began to understand the earned benefit of honorable military service and Veterans continuing to serve their nation through entrepreneurship and selling goods and services to the Federal government. Unfortunately the Federal government continues to fall short of the acquisition goals mandated by Congress. VETS provides a platform for all stakeholders to get closer to these goals and support our Veteran small businesses.