Q&A: Why the Veterans Business Conference Matters



Still have questions about whether to attend the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo? I interviewed Mike Summers, President of AES Group, Inc. and conference attendee, who tells me in this short Q&A why he plans to return to the conference in 2012 after attending for the first time in 2011.

Q. How many years have you been in business?

A. AES Group, Inc. was founded in 1988 and has been in operation for 24 years.

Q. What type of business are you in?

A. The firm provides engineering design and construction management services.

Q. How have small business set-aside dollars contributed to your business success?

A. The small business set-asides have allowed the firm to compete for larger engineering contracts plus grow and train our staff.

Q. How many years have you attended the National Veteran Small Business Conference?

A. 2012 will be our second year attending the conference.

Q. What elements of the 2011 National Veteran Small Business Conference contributed to your business success?

A. The conference allows us to network with other firms, grow our teaming opportunities and learn new marketing skills for our services.

The National Veteran Small Business Conference early bird registration deadline is today, March 28 at 5:00 p.m. EST. If you still have questions about the event, please explore the conference website to determine whether the conference is right for you and your business. Veterans and small businesses can attend for $275 by registering on or before that deadline.

The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo, hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be held June 26-29, 2012 in Detroit, MI.

Bethany Mulcahy is a Marketing and Communications Associate at Halfaker and Associates, which supports the Department of Veterans Affairs in planning the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo.

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