Public Service Recognition Week, commemorated May 5-11, honors the work of the men and women who serve our nation. Veterans are an important part of this community, and GSA remains committed to increasing contracting opportunities for veteran and service disabled veterans. The agency recently hosted a Veteran’s Entrepreneurship meeting at GSA headquarters for more than 75 members of the veteran business community. Meeting attendees discussed ways to increase federal business opportunities for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business Owners and how to navigate the veteran small business verification process.
GSA has a strong track record when it expanding opportunities for veterans In fiscal year 2012, GSA exceeded its three percent goal to award at least three percent of its contracts to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.
Contracting with Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses is a win for both the federal government and veteran-owned small businesses. The government receives great service, at tremendous value to the taxpayer, while disabled service members are given opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs.
In addition, the program helps make connections between smaller businesses and more experienced contractors. The goal here is to develop our small business vendors into the best vendors possible, and the Mentor-Protege Program is a valuable tool to accomplish this need.
The discussion centered around ways to get the word out about:
The wide variety of federal agencies hiring, including domestic and international
Better understanding of the current status of the Veteran Department’s verification process for Veteran small businesses, and;
Upcoming Congressional legislative initiatives being considered in the House concerning Veteran small business.
The meeting was hosted by GSA in partnership with the Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Task Force. GSA will continue to reach out and support Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business Owners with more business opportunities.