Yesterday, Brandon Neal Director of our Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) hosted a Vendor Day focused on procurement opportunities. In keeping with the Obama Administration's efforts to create more opportunities in federal service for veterans, yesterday's events emphasized Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs).
Approximately 500 small business owners joined Deputy Secretary John Porcari, Director Neal, US Rep. Patrick Murphy (PA), and Matt Flavin, Director of the White House Office of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy.
Vendor Day events provided opportunities for service-disabled "vetrepreneurs" to learn about doing business with DOT. As Director Neal observed:
“OSDBU is very excited to host an event focused on helping veteran owned small businesses. DOT is committed to helping all small businesses, especially veterans to whom we owe so much. We hope this event will highlight the many opportunities for small businesses within DOT.”Brandon is absolutely correct; we do owe these service-disabled veterans much. And I'm proud to see his office working off some of that debt.