CALIFORNIA DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DVBE) ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES THE AMERICAN SPIRIT OF "KEEPING THE PROMISE" TO OUR NATIONS' VETERANS
SACRAMENTO, CA -- (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE via PRNetwire) -- April 16, 2002 -- On May 20th, 2002, at 8:00 Am at the Sacramento Convention Center, the annual "Keeping The Promise" trade show and awards ceremonies will convene. This annual event was created by the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Alliance. The Alliance is a volunteer membership based, nonprofit 501 ( c )  organization serving the disabled veteran businessmen community in California since 1993. Their goal is to promote disabled veteran owned business and identify and educate disabled veterans who would like to go into business for themselves. The organization advocates on behalf of the DVBE community to the state of California, all state agencies, state prime contractors and public utilities commission.
The luncheon awards ceremonies will honor those who have performed outstanding services for the DVBE community during the past year. The morning will be devoted to industry and government sponsored booths providing information on how DVBEs can increase contracting with the private sector and state and federal government. Over 100 disabled veteran business owners will be attending and will be able to match business opportunities with these entities.
Also, part of the morning activities include workshops for DVBEs to attend. Jack Byrd, Director of Procurement from the State Dept. of Veterans' Affairs and current DVBE advocate for the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs will present a workshop on the California 3% procurement goal and the implementation of the executive order by Gov. Grey Davis who has been invited to address the luncheon. Chuck Stewart from Small Business Administration (SBA), a Veterans' Business Development officer, will discuss goals and review laws affecting DVBEs including the new federal legislation, public law 106-50. This law states the U.S. government must provide additional assistance and support and establishes a 3% federal goal for Services Disabled veteran owned Businesses (SDVOB).
The Alliance president, Kevin O'Connor, states, "This is the only event of its kind in this country to help DVBEs. This is the kind of information and assistance that helps my fellow veterans to realize the American dream they fought so hard to protect. There is a profound sense of brotherhood there."
Information and applications are available at the California DVBE Alliance website: www.ca-dvbea.org or contact Larry Brooks at (916) 634-5037 or Kevin Terrall (925) 756-1600.
PH: (916) 634-5037
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