April 2018


6th Annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Business Conference

May 16, 2018  Milwaukee
Start Date May 16, 2018
End Date May 16, 2018
Time 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Facility Hampton Inn
Address 8201 W Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Contact Info Carol Murphy
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Special Guest Speaker:  Mr. Daniel J. Zimmerman, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

This conference will focus on procurement procedures and business opportunities for veteran owned businesses with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 12 area consisting of Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI; Tomah, WI; Chicago, IL; Danville, IL; and Iron Mountain, MI with eight medical centers, 38 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, and six domiciliaries, providing health care services to the 700,000 Veterans who reside within its four state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) area. Overall, the Department of Veterans Affairs spends over $23 billion annually.

The VA, like all federal agencies, has small business goals set by the Small Business Administration (SBA). However, unlike all the other federal agencies (where all the SBA goals are prioritized equally to meet the individual category goal standards) the VA has a congressional mandate (Public Law 109-461 section 502 and 38 USC 8127) to purchase from small businesses owned and controlled by Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) first, and then those owned and controlled by Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) before considering the other classes of small business. As a stipulation of the Public Law, SDVOSBs and VOSBs must be certified with the VA and be listed in a public database (at www.vip.vetbiz.gov) to be eligible to receive the “VETS FIRST” priority. SDVOSBs and VOSBs ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

In addition to learning about how to work with the VA, attendees will have opportunities to meet and learn from other Federal, State, Local Government Agencies, and Prime Contractor representatives from the area and learn from from contracting  experts, on topics ranging from verification / certification, Mentor Protégé agreements, financing, as well as locating and bidding on opportunities. Technical representatives from the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee and other agency and contractor representatives will be on hand in the afternoon to meet with attending businesses.


8:00am            Registration and continental breakfast
8:30am            Welcome and Introductions
9:00am            Program
Noon                Lunch
12:45pm          Program
1:45pm            Roundtable Meetings
4:30pm            End of Program

VA clinicians representing the following specialties, will be available for roundtable discussions at the event.

    1. Logistics
    2. Acute Care
    3. Beneficiary Travel
    4. Bio-Medical
    5. Community Living/Geriatrics
    6. Director’s Office
    7. Environmental
    8. Home Health Care
    9. Information Technology
    10. Laboratory Services
    11. Pharmacy
    12. Primary Care
    13. Prosthetics
    14. Radiology
    15. Spinal Cord Injury
    16. Sterile Processing
    17. Surgery
    18. TeleHealth




U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – Wisconsin Chapter

Northwest Michigan PTAC

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)