6th Annual Turning Contacts Into Contracts (2017)

We invite veteran and disabled veteran business owners as well as any veterans separating from the service in the near future who might be thinking about working in, starting a new business or buying a business.

Date: Friday, October6, 2017
Time: 8:30AM to 3:45PM PST

Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

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Point of Contact: William Osgood, President of the Los Angeles Chapter
Phone: (805) 377-4834

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Cost: $0 for DVBA Members, $25 for Non Members
Non Member RSVP $25

DVBA Member RSVP $0

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TCIC will feature training workshops to help prepare small companies who are currently not doing business with public utilities or primes and workshops for companies that are doing contracts and want to do larger projects. Matchmaking is for those companies that are ready and is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

  • - Panel discussions: Featuring federal, state, & agency buyers, as well as other successful contractors

  • - Specifically Designed Workshops: For start-up with small jobs, small sub-contracts, or large/prime contracts

  • - Conference’s Featured Event: 10 DVBE’s selected to make a 90 second pitch in front of buyers. Capability Statement is required.

  • - Roundtable Matchmaking: sign-ups begin at 8:30am – first come first served

  • - Past successes at this conference include - Generated 3 ongoing contracts with the Southern California Gas Company AND - Generated 2 contracts with other agencies



Small businesses, including those owned and operated by veterans, are instrumental to the good health of the State’s economy and a major source of new jobs.
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We Empower Veterans

The DVBA is a vibrant organization that empowers, provides resources to, and works side-by-side with disabled veterans to promote and support them in establishing, maintaining and growing viable business enterprises.

Our diverse, highly experienced veteran-led organization is made up of volunteers working within committees, chapters, advisory board and the corporate advisory board along with the national board of directors who govern and shape the future of the DVBA. Our contractors and staff are top notch, committed and passionate about managing the organization in a way that provides real value to our members. Thank you to each and everyone of you that are devoted to helping veteran owned businesses start, sustain or grow thereby providing purpose which helps the veteran, their family, the community and nation as a whole. Helping one another is an economic as well as moral imperative. We are a strong, tested, proven group that is anything but disabled.

We are twice as likely to be successful in business over other small businesses and we hire veterans at twice the rate. Our skills we learned while serving are tangible and that translates to reduced risk on the buyer’s end. We make up one out of every ten small businesses in this country and one out of every seven franchises yet we make up less than 1% of the population. Women veteran business owners are the fastest growing segment of any group. We contribute $6T in receipts and hire over 6B people. Our population is not shrinking-we are growing with over 2M veterans needing help in this space. Yes, in terms of population we are small but in terms of our contribution to the economy and this country-we are mighty!

We're the longest running organization whose sole focus has been on Veterans entrepreneurship. Our experience has made us a model for other states. We believe in the power of business innovation to help veterans achieve their full potential in life.

We Help Veterans Reach Success

With the combination of a diverse, accomplished, and passionate Board of Directors and professional staff enables the Disabled Veteran Business Alliance to implement its vision of honoring service and empowering success, we believe in the power of business innovation to help veterans achieve their full potential in life.

We Connect DVBA Contractors with Government Agencies and Commercial Contractors Looking to Purchase Products and Services

The DVBA supports disabled veterans through mentorship, advocation, education, and promoting and navigating the joys and pitfalls of business ownership. The DVBA does this through state-of-the-art technologies, experienced personnel, strategic events aimed at improving business skills and connecting the disabled veteran business owner to new business opportunities, local chapters nationwide, fundraising, data capture, and strong membership support.

We help disabled veterans certify their business for DVBE contracts and, through our efforts, have helped raise the number of DVBE contracts as high as 4%.