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SBA’s new Veteran Small Business Certification Program (VetCert)

Friday, February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm • Organized By U.S. Small Business Administration - Kansas City District Office
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Service disabled and veteran owned small business (SDVOSB, VOSB) certifications have transferred from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to the Small Business Administration (SBA) as of January 1, 2023. The SBA implemented the change as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA 2021). Veteran owned small businesses can use the SBA’s Veteran Small Business Certification Program (VetCert) to become veteran certified. Benefits of veteran certified firms include enhanced eligibility for set aside or receive sole source federal government contracts and participation in the surplus property program. The process is up and running and whether you are currently certified by the VA or seeking a new certification this veteran centric event is for you.

Wayne E. Bell, SBA District Director, Veteran’s Representative and Krishin Thadani, SBA Outreach and Marketing Specialist, U.S. Army Veteran have agreed to join us on Contracting Corner to share the specifics behind the VetCert program that helps veteran owned companies access federal contract awards.

In addition, we are pleased to have an additional guest, Mitchell Fitzpatrick, Training and Outreach Coordinator, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC), U.S. Army Veteran on the call to provide information about the services available to entrepreneurial veterans and their families. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. VetBiz is dedicated to exclusively helping U.S. veterans and military families achieve their dream of owning a business by transitioning military skills to business success through training, counseling, and mentorship.

Please join us on SBA’s Contracting Corner, February 24, 2023 , from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

SBA’s “Contracting Corner” is a team effort between the Wichita and Kansas City District Offices of the SBA. We want to provide Kansas small businesses information about procurement practices, opportunities, and local events. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the State’s economy through our Kansas small businesses.