May 2003      Vol. 12, No. 5  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Uncle Sam Wants Small Business Owner Veterans

Scott F. Denniston, national small business program director for the office of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington DC will be the keynote speaker at “We Want You,” a veteran’s small business conference. The conference will be held in La Vista, Nebraska on June 12, 2003, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The conference will provide information on federal small business development programs and on opportunities for veteran and service-disabled veteran small business owners to compete for federal contracts. Attendance is limited to 150. The program will be held at the Sarpy County campus of Metropolitan Community College, 9410 Giles Road. There is no charge for attendance.

Denniston is a nationally recognized advocate for veteran entrepreneurs. In 1998, he developed recommendations for enhancing and expanding support for veteran business owners. Many of those recommendations became public law. Prior to joining VA, Scott managed a small business government contracting program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The federal government spends more than $200 billion per year on a wide range of products and services. According to the Small Business Act, 23 percent of federal sales dollars are to go to small business. Three percent are to go to service disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Large businesses are encouraged to subcontract to veteran and service disabled veteran-owned businesses.

The program is produced by Offutt Air Force Base, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the NBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, with the cooperation of the SBA.
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 Contact: Cindy Beyer at  or call 402.323.5676 for information and reservations.
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