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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

Participant Comments for Magellan Transport Logistics
VBOS:
  • “Great session. Appreciate the information.”
  • “Great platform, thank you.”
V1-on-1:
  • “Thank you for the time invested in affording me the opportunity to have this meeting!”
  • “This was a very good meeting. I’m really pleased that the VA is helping SDVOSB community by setting up these alliances. I look forward to maximizing this opportunity. Truly appreciated. Thanks a lot.”
  • “Thanks for your help with DAP is a great platform to help small businesses.”
Host Comments for Schneider Electric Large Business Engagement
VBOS:
  • Well-attended
  • Opportunity to enhance content from 2020 event.
V1-on-1:
  • Sessions were successful.
  • “One of the best small business programs in the country.”
PARTICIPANT COMMENTS
VBOS:
  • “Thank you for the opportunity.”
  • “I really appreciate the time everyone from Schneider Electric took to hold this informational session.”
V1-on-1:
  • “Great planning and communication processes.”

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.