VETCON 2021 Schedule

Day Two: Wednesday, December 1


Join us for breakfast, sponsored by:

SDVOBs and Prime Contractors

Presented by: Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Staff

Division staff will lead a forum on the best practices for identifying, contacting, following up and working with prime contractors. Hear from fellow SDVOBs who have experienced success, prime contractors and others to better understand the intricacies of becoming a desired SDVOB subcontractor.

How to Obtain One on One Business and Contract Assistance

Presented by: Dave Chiaro, Veteran Business Advisor with the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Jenny Kelley, Counselor with IGNITEU NY Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Learn how these free services can benefit you.

How to Become an NYS Certified SDVOB

Presented by: Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Staff

Division staff will do a step-by-step walkthrough of the steps required for obtaining your NYS SDVOB Certification including a discussion of the common questions and issues regarding the application process.

DASNY Capital Management Program and MTA Small Business Mentoring Program

Presented by: Michael Clay, Senior Director of Procurement and Opportunity Programs and David Cayemitte, CEO of the Cayemitte Group

Michael Clay, Senior Director of Procurement and Opportunity Programs and David Cayemitte, CEO of the Cayemitte Group, will discuss DASNY’s new Capital Management Program aimed at assisting SDVOBs with securing access to affordable capital and surety bond credit as well as competitive terms and pricing for supplies & equipment utilized on DASNY projects. Michael Garner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the MTA, will discuss successful strategies for doing business with the MTA.

Working with Banks and the SBA

Presented by: Pursuit (Access to Capital) & Berkshire Bank

Is your business in need of financing to cover contract mobilization costs, working capital, the purchase of fixed assets or even commercial real estate? In this session, you’ll learn about a variety of loan options currently available for your Veteran-owned business, including bank loans, SBA loans and loans from alternative lenders such as CDFIs who can offer both COVID relief and targeted Veteran/SDVBO programs. We will walk you through what is required to apply for the various programs, what lenders look for in a strong application and how to increase your chances of getting funded. Get your specific questions answered by actual Lenders including Pursuit and Berkshire Bank.

Why is there a Civilian Veteran Business Certification and Why Should You Get It?

Presented by: Mark Sutton, Director of Government Affairs, National Veterans Business Development Council

The NVBDC is the nation’s leading third-party authority for certification of veteran owned businesses of all sizes and the corporations wanting to engage them. The NVBDC was established in 2013 to address the growing need to identify and certify both service disabled and veteran owned businesses (SDVOBs) in the government and commercial (corporate) marketplace. The NVBDC administers a rigorous certification process designed to withstand the scrutiny of governmental and corporate entities seeking to utilize certified SDVOBs. Learn about the process and why you should seek NVBDC certification.

Lunch, Award Presentations & Closing Remarks

Join us for our closing lunch, where we will award the winners of the VETCON Business Plan Competition and the Veterans in Business Awards.