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Corporate attorney Kathleen Kelley will participate as a speaker for the Mentor-Protégé Programs Workshop during the 13th Annual Veterans in Business Conference on Thursday, March 22nd at the Army Navy Country Club.

Mentor-Protégé Programs: In late 2016, the SBA established a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns. This program creates more opportunities for small and large businesses to partner together through the use of government-wide mentor-protege agreements and/or joint venture agreements, but the regulations are complex and companies need to know what to expect and how to navigate the program requirements.

About the Conference: The Annual Veterans In Business Conference provides education, networking and business opportunities for the military community (including all era Veterans, active duty, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses) who continue to strengthen our country with their small business endeavors and entrepreneurial spirit. The conference was created by civic and business leaders in Northern Virginia to provide networking opportunities, training and exposure to the military community who wish to grow their businesses (whether it be B2B, B2G,B2C or non-profit) through the many opportunities the metro DC area affords.

The Veterans in Business Conference is focused on all Veteran-owned businesses. The greater Washington area is home to a large number of Veteran-owned businesses as well as the majority of federal agencies, prime contractors and general consumers who work with them. The Veterans In Business Conference can provide attendees with unique exposure to many of the small business offices from the Federal Government and the corporations that often need SD/VOSBs to join their teams.

We limit the size of the conference intentionally. There are much larger veterans business conferences around the country. The Veterans In Business Conference is designed to allow maximum exposure between small business offices, federal contractors, and veteran business owners. We provide time in the day for individuals to connect and talk business. Deals get done every year at the conference and through relationships that are developed here.

We can provide follow-up assistance and counseling for attendees at no additional cost. As a service partner of the United States Small Business Administration, the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Community Business Partnership provide counseling and technical assistance for small business owners at no charge. Our office has a special focus on veteran-owned businesses, and as part of George Mason University’s Mason Enterprise Center and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network we are uniquely positioned to help veteran businesses expand and succeed.