BNL, Inc. Attends the National Veterans Small Business Conference

November 1st – 3rd marked BNL’s annual sojourn to the National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE) conference.  The Department of Veterans Affairs sponsors the NVSBE as a formal outreach for the VA and other federal agencies to the national veteran enterprise community.  This is the premier event whereby veteran business owners can meet with the government contracting and program representatives to identify and discuss business opportunities. BNL was represented at the conference by Mr. Paul Ignosh and Mr. Dwayne Cotti. 

In addition to representing BNL, Mr. Ignosh serves on the Executive Board of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force (VET-Force).    In 1998, VET-Force was organized to advocate for the development and passage of Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999, wherein Congress realized that the United States must provide additional assistance to Veterans, particularly service disabled Veterans, in forming and expanding their own small businesses, thereby enabling them to “realize the American dream that they fought so hard to protect.” 

This year, the members of VET-Force met with veteran business owners to discuss the impact of the latest Supreme Court ruling impacting federal procurement at the VA and other agencies.  The case, Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, applies Vets First and the rule of 2 when soliciting vendors to provide goods and services.  If there are at least 2 qualified veteran owned businesses that can provide what the VA needs, they must set aside the business for vets. This is a real game changer for vet businesses and firmly establishes a preference in support of federal procurement initiatives targeting veteran owned businesses.

VET-Force continues its vigilant oversight of legislation and continues its advocacy of ideas in the areas of acquisition, planning, marketing, and outreach to ensure that veterans and service disabled veterans receive the full benefits as promised to them by Congress.

When all was said and done, the NVSBE conference was a huge success.  Mr. Ignosh and Mr. Cotti identified new business opportunities in addition to creating new friendships and rekindling old ones.  Now we go back to work to further develop these opportunities and relationships.  Already looking forward to the 2017 conference.