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8th Annual 2020 Bootstraps to Briefcases Veteran’s Conference

July 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University will host the 7th Annual Bootstraps to Briefcases Veterans Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. This conference is for existing businesses and those individuals who are interested in starting a business. Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses.

SBA works with federal agencies to assist them in identifying and awarding contracts in order to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Federal agencies are also required to award a certain percentage of these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for service-disabled veterans.

The purpose of this conference is to:

  • 1. Provide training and assistance to the small business community
  • 2. Provide information on financial assistance available to veterans
  • 3. Provide strategic growth strategies SBA encourages all small businesses to learn more about the Veteran-owned Small Business Contracting Program and learn how to take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity.