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Events Services

Veterans Direct Access Program
Offering unique opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to build partnerships, maximize networking, and gain access to Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs).

What is a DAP Event?

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) plays a large role in ensuring programs, services, and support resources reach the Veteran small business community. The Direct Access Program (DAP) offers unique opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) to build partnerships and maximize networking through structured events.

Why Attend a DAP Event?

DAP events provide VOSBs and SDVOSBs with opportunities to:
  • Engage with representatives from Federal agencies and commercial firms to build business relationships;
  • Learn about industry-specific trends, developments and procurement opportunities to help support business growth; and
  • Network with other businesses to identify and discuss possible subcontracting and teaming opportunities.
The DAP team’s involvement helps to reduce the level of effort on the part of the Procurement Decision Maker’s (PDM) need to conduct interactive market research with VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

Our Success Stories

  • HOST COMMENTS - VBOS and V1-on-1:
  • “The VA DAP team was excellent. They were responsive, flexible, and helpful in providing good feedback…”
    “The greatest benefit Wood River Federal received, was exposure to the VA and a diverse range of companies.”
  • VBOS: “Very well-planned event. Excellent support from VA. Thank you so much!”
    V1-on-1: “These events help small business in great extent.”
  • Fifty-five (55) firms registered for Wood River Federal’s (WRF) consideration; eleven (11) were selected. Based on the 11 firms met, Wood River Federal plans to follow-up with 10 firms (91%). The criteria for selection were the firm’s responses to Wood River Federal registration questions, capabilities and past performance.
    Wood River Federal noted Goldschmidt as a stand-out firm, with regards to the company’s IT capabilities aligning with Wood River Federal partnering goals. Will Emerson of WRF met with Goldschmidt in-person, the day following the 1-on-1 meeting, to continue business development conversations.
  • Host Comments: VBOS and V1-on-1 - “As always, the DAP support team did an excellent job communicating all phases of the event well in advance. LMI was prepared and informed at every step of the process. The additional help qualifying interested small businesses by customizing the application survey was much appreciated.”
  • Participant Comments: VBOS – “Excellent hosting, concise information, great "next steps" provided. Thank you!”

Event Models

  • This format informs industry about upcoming procurement opportunities; and facilitates feedback from industry that is related to a specific business need or procurement requirement.

  • This format provides industry with vital insights and tools to support business growth and development.

  • This format provides a venue for a small business representative to meet with a PDM, to promote their capabilities in response to the established business needs.

  • This format is held at VA medical facilities and provides PDMs and clinical staff opportunities to review new and innovative products and services demonstrated by VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

  • This format allows VOSBs and SDVOSBs to exhibit products and services to a PDM in support of their Federal agency’s or commercial firm’s market research efforts.

Ways We Execute

  • Virtual Production
  • In-Person Business Engagement Center (BEC)

Event Services

  • Plan and organize virtual and in-person events
  • Facilitate targeted marketing and outreach communications
  • Develop event promotional materials
  • Execute tailored event experiences
  • Analyze and evaluate event assessments and outcomes
  • Provide after-action reporting as a benchmark to gauge future event successes
Please note: Content on this Web page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a comprehensive statement or analysis of application statures, regulations, and case law governing this topic. Rather, it's a plain language summary. If you are seeking claims assistance, your local VA regional office, a VA-recognized Veterans Service Organization, or a VA-accredited attorney or agent can help.