National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo

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  • VA for Vets Hiring Fair - on-spot job opportunities and interviews, career search classes, one-on-one counseling.
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  • Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Connect with decision makers from federal agencies
  • Expand knowledge through traning and business requirement sessions
  • Gain visibility in the expo hall
  • Leverage the VetGovPartner networking platform for online and onsite networking
  • Enroll in VA benefits at the Veteran Open House
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  • AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

Please make your travel arrangements with this schedule in mind. As specific training and business requirement sessions are scheduled, this page will be updated.

Monday, June 25, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Training (VA staff only)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Registration and Move-In, Macomb Hall
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Veteran Open House/Hiring Fair Registration and Move in, Detroit Hall


Tuesday, June 26, 2012
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Conference Registration and Information Desk Open (Macomb Lobby)
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Exhibitor Move-In, Macomb Hall
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Volunteer Project (Macomb Lobby Area)
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Training (VA staff only)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Industry Event
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Veteran Open House/VA for Vets Hiring Fair Open (Detroit Hall)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Chief of Staff Meeting with VA Staff Only
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dining with Decision Makers Networking Keynote Luncheon: "Maximizing Your Conference Experience, Mr. John Gingrich, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Wayne/Oakland Hall (included with full-conference registration fee)
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Training Breakout Sessions
1:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Expo Open (Macomb Hall)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Training Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m. – 5: 15 p.m.
Concurrent Training Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception in the Expo, Macomb Hall (included with full-conference registration fee)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Attendees welcome to attend Industry/Corporate Sponsored Receptions


Wednesday, June 27, 2012
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Conference Registration and Information Desk Open (Macomb Lobby)
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast in the Expo, Macomb Hall (included with full-conference registration fee)
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Expo Open, Macomb Hall
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Business Requirement and Training Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Veteran Open House/VA for Vets Hiring Fair, Detroit Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Business Requirement and Repeat Training Breakout Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Dining with Decision Makers Plenary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony: Mr. Eric Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Wayne/Oakland Halls (included with full-conference registration fee)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Business Requirement and Repeat Training Breakout Sessions
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Expo Open (Macomb Hall)
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Business Requirements Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Business Requirements Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Functional Community Reception in the Expo, Macomb Hall (included with full-conference registration fee)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Attendees welcome to attend Industry/Corporate Sponsored Receptions


Thursday, June 28, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration and Information Desk Open (Macomb Lobby)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Dining with Decision Makers Networking Hot Plated Breakfast, Wayne/Oakland Halls (included with full-conference registration fee)
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Business Requirement Breakout Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. VetGovPartner Networking Roundtables, Riverview Ballroom
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Expo Open, Macomb Hall
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Veteran Open House/VA for Vets Hiring Fair, Detroit Hall
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Business Requirement Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Business Requirement Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dining with Decision Makers Networking Plenary Luncheon: Mr. Ashton Carter, Deputy Secretary, U. S. Department of Defense-invited, Wayne/Oakland Halls (included with full-conference registration fee)
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Exhibitor Dismantle and Move-out (Macomb Hall, Overtime starts at 4:30pm)
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Business Requirements Breakout Sessions
2:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. VetGovPartner Networking Roundtables, Riverview Ballroom
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Business Requirements Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Business Requirements Breakout Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Corporate Sponsored Reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Veteran Open House and Veteran Hiring Fair Exhibitor Dismantle and Move-out (Detroit Hall, Overtime starts at 4:30pm)


Friday, June 29, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Registration and Information Desk Open (Macomb Lobby)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Business to Business Networking Continental Buffett Breakfast, Wayne/Oakland Halls (included with full-conference registration fee)
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Veteran Open House and Veteran Hiring Fair Exhibitor Dismantle and Move-out (Detroit Hall)
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibitor Dismantle and Move-out (Macomb Hall)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. VetGovPartner Networking Roundtable Sessions, Riverview Ballroom
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Business Requirement Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Business Requirement Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. Conference ends
 

Event Information

  • Jun 25 - 29 , 2012

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