Last week I had the wonderful experience of giving several presentations at the 13th Annual Veterans Business Conference on base at Fort Bliss (El Paso, Texas). The conference was an excellent opportunity for veteran business owners to come together and learn about opportunities.
Organized by the Contract Opportunities Center, the event brought together small businesses and government agencies to meet and learn about wide-ranging topics. I was given the opportunity to discuss the All Small Mentor-Protege Program and joint venturing, size and affiliation issues, and provide the lunch audience with an update on the whirlwind of changes occurring as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration work to combine their two Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business programs. If you were there and have questions, please reach out.
We all got to listen to the incredibly moving speech of Justin Constantine, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. His tale, and the lessons he learned, is certainly one worth taking to heart.
Thanks especially to Pablo Armendariz and Melissa Murphy for their steady hand on the wheel. Hope to see you all again soon.