Readout of SBA Administrator Guzman’s VetCert Roundtable in Rockville, Md.

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Roundtable Part of National Veterans’ Small Business Week Events

VetCert Roundtable Event Photo

SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman (Center R) poses in a U.S. Navy cap with the National Director of the Veterans Institute for Procurement, Barbara Ashe (L); founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dobbs Defense Solutions, Erica Dobbs of (Center L); and President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Management Strategies Group, Inc, Jim O’Farrell (R).
SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman (Center R) poses in a U.S. Navy cap with the National Director of the Veterans Institute for Procurement, Barbara Ashe (L); founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dobbs Defense Solutions, Erica Dobbs of (Center L); and President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Management Strategies Group, Inc, Jim O’Farrell (R).

VetCert Roundtable Event Photo

SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman (L) and Barbara Ashe (R), discuss federal contracting opportunities during the VetCert roundtable.
SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman (L) and Barbara Ashe (R), discuss federal contracting opportunities during the VetCert roundtable.

ROCKVILLE, Nov. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Wednesday, Nov. 1, in honor of National Veterans’ Small Business Week, Administrator Isabel Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)and the voice in President Biden’s cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, hosted a roundtable in Rockville with the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) to highlight the Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) Program, an SBA program that connects Veteran-owned small businesses with federal contracting opportunities.  

At the roundtable, Administrator Guzman and other participants discussed how government contracting is a key pathway to building wealth for Veteran-owned small businesses how the SBA is working to increase the number federal contracts going to veteran-owned small businesses. The SBA has certified over 8,300 new veteran- and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses through VetCert so far. 

The SBA launched the new VetCert program and platform on January 9, 2023. Certification allows service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) firms the opportunity to compete for sole-source and set-aside contracts across the federal government, while certified Veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) may compete for sole-source and set-aside contracts from the VA.  

For follow-up interview requests for Administrator Guzman, please contact Rebecca Galanti at [email protected].

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration  
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.  

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