Agenda

Attendees speaking with presenter

What to Expect

This conference will keep you engaged throughout three days of dynamic business development networking, inspirational speakers, panel discussions, subject matter expert breakout sessions and two expos to get you in front of the resources that your small business needs and the lenders to get you capital. You don’t want to miss the honorable Small Business of the Year Luncheon, Keynote Dinner and Franchise Give-Away and a nightly tour of Arlington’s famous Entertainment District!


All times are Central Standard Time • NOTE:  schedule subject to change

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | Access to Capital

0600 – 0700 (6 – 7 am) Morning Workout with BodyFly (Veteran Business)
0700 (7 am) Registration Opens
0700 – 0800 
(7 – 8 am) Breakfast – open for pick-up or sit and network.
0800 – 0850
 (8 – 8:50 am) Team Building Exercise (Early Bird Attendees Only, Corporations & Government Agencies). Network and have fun while building connections. (Conducted by Applied Learning Science, a Veteran-Owned SDVOSB)
0900 – 0910
 (9 – 9:10 am) Welcome – Chairman Cole Woodman & Title Sponsor T-Mobile.
0910 – 1010 
(9:10 – 10:10 am) Panel Discussion: Struggles of Success – Veteran business owners share their stories of overcoming challenges: pandemic, death, divorce, partnership disagreements, bankruptcy, embezzlement, secession, and more. It’s not always an easy road to becoming a successful business, these Veterans will share their experiences that helped build their business.
1010 – 1030
 (10:10 – 10:30 am) AM Energy Break Sponsored by Lowes
1030 – 1115 
(10:30 – 11:15 am) Motivational Monday – National Keynote Speaker Larry Broughton, U.S. Army Green Beret, bestselling author, and owner of broughtonHOTELS.
1115 – 1200 (11:15 – 12 pm) CVE SDVOSB/VOSB Update & Legislation – The SBA will share information on the VA CVE program transitioning to the SBA. Plus we will hear about legislation that affects the Veteran Business Community.
1200 – 1330 (12 – 1:30 pm) Lunch break on your own and Veteran exhibitor set up  – Enjoy lunch at the hotel or walk to plenty of great restaurants in the area. Veteran businesses participating in the Veteran Marketplace Reception will set up their exhibitor table.
1330 – 1430 (1:30 – 2:30 pm) Corporate vs. Government Contracts Panel Discussion
1430 – 1445 
(2:30 – 2:45 pm) PM Energy Break Sponsored by Robert Half
1445 – 1600 
(2:45 – 4 pm) Tactical Networking – Interactive Roundtable Networking. Bring plenty of business cards and have your 1-minute pitch ready.
1600 – 1900 (4 – 7 pm) Veteran Business Marketplace Reception – Veteran businesses will showcase their goods & services during this reception. Listen to music, enjoy good food and relax while you shop these Veteran-owned businesses. (One beverage ticket per attendee – Sponsored by Dexcom)