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SBA Deputy Administrator Connects With Veteran Owned Small Businesses on Procurement

Althea Leslie to Address National Veterans Small Business Engagement on Dec. 7
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Monday, December 4, 2017
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Advisory Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017
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Trish Freeland 314-539-6606

WASHINGTON – Deputy Administrator Althea Leslie, the second ranking official at the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday for the final day of the “Dining with Decision Makers” luncheon segment of the National Veterans Small Business Engagement. The four-day conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is the VA’s signature procurement event where Veteran-Owned Small Businesses are given direct access to procurement decision makers and acquisition professionals from the VA and other federal agencies, state governments, and large firms with small business needs. NVSBE continues to be the most effective way for VOSBs to build the necessary relationships to capitalize on opportunities for government contracts and subcontracting.

Prior to delivering her remarks, Deputy Administrator Leslie will be available to the press at the following time:

Thursday, Dec. 7

WHAT: SBA Deputy Administrator Press Conference

WHEN: 9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

WHERE: America’s Center Convention Complex, 701 Convention Plaza-Crest Room, St. Louis, MO 63103

WHO: SBA Deputy Administrator Althea Leslie

Additionally, Deputy Administrator Leslie will visit the Veterans Business Resource Center in St. Louis on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

RSVP: by 9 a.m. Dec. 7th.



The Veterans Business Resource Center headquartered in downtown St. Louis, has the distinction of being the nation’s first center assisting military veteran entrepreneurs and was named the SBA’s National Veteran’s Business Center of the Year in 2015. The VBRC helps veterans and their families develop their entrepreneurial and small business goals in the SBA Region VII states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.