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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs FAQ 2019 NVSBE

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center | Nashville, TN | December 9 - 11, 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

1. What is the location for the 2019 NVSBE?

This year’s engagement will be hosted at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at:
2800 Opryland Drive,
Nashville, TN 37214

2. What are the dates?

December 10 – 11, 2019

3. Where do I book a hotel – what is the rate?

The host hotel for the event is the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.

You may book your hotel at the time of registration via the engagement link at: NVSBE Registration Portal. A limited number of hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Federal Per Diem Rate of $223 for all conference registrants.    

4. What is the Program Agenda?

  • Two-day event with a variety of activities to include:
  • General Sessions 
  • Business Opportunity Sessions
  • Learning Sessions
  • Networking Roundtables
  • Luncheons
  • Receptions
  • In addition, participants will have many opportunities to visit the exhibit hall and network with other participants.

5. What is included in the registration fee? 

  • Admission to the event
  • Meals during the luncheons
  • Passed hors d'oeuvres during the receptions (cash bar available)

6. How do I register?

You will register via the NVSBE Registration Portal.

7. How do I become an exhibitor/ sponsor?

Please contact the Exhibit and Sponsor Personnel at: E-mail: exhibitsales@federalconference.com Phone: 703.634.2858

8. How should I register?

Non-VA Commercial Buyers and Participants (Sellers) You may register via the engagement website site using your DS logon or ID.me credentials, at the NVSBE Registration Portal.

9. What is a community of interest? 

A community of interest (COI) is a specific designation used to classify a specific industry or industry grouping for targeting attendance for NVSBE.

This year we have 3 COIs

      1. Medical Supplies and Services
      2. Information Technology Supplies and Services
      3. Other Supplies and Services

10. What is A PDM??

A Procurement Decision Maker (PDM) as a primary function can be either a federal or private sector employee, who acts as a buyer of product /services for the company, organization or entity he/she represents.  The PDM typically has confirmed or projected procurement opportunities for the current or upcoming year.

11. Who are the PDMs expected to attend DAP Events?

PDMs selected to attend include VA, other-government agencies (OGA) as well as commercial procurement decision makers and will be posted on our website: NVSBE Registration Portal. The listings are updated regularly.

12. Will there be a block of hotel rooms available for 2019 NVSBE? 

Yes, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. You may book your hotel at the time of registration via the engagement link at: NVSBE Registration Portal under the Venue and Lodging tab. Hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Federal Per Diem Rate of $223 for all conference registrants.

13. What are my NAICS codes? 

You can learn more about NAICS codes and look up those for your company at http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/. We use this information to help us match PDMs that are looking for your products or services based on the appropriate NAIC code.

14. My company sells “X” is it worth it for me to come to a DAP Event?

The opportunities presented by PDMs vary and are dependent on the product and service needs forecasted. Suppliers are strongly encouraged to review the list of PDMs scheduled to attend, along with the PDM’s procurement opportunities. NVSBE is a great place for business-to-business networking, as this event provides the opportunity for participants to identify teaming partners and sub-contractors.

15. Do you have to be VA CVE-verified to attend NVSBE?  

While being CVE-verified is not required for suppliers to attend, it is required for a supplier to receive a contract designated as a “Veteran set-aside”. The VA has product and service needs which extend beyond Veteran set-aside opportunities. While NVSBE is intended to help PDMs conduct market research and emphasizes Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, the event is NOT intended for Veteran’s only.

16. Can Non-VOSBs attend NVSBE?

Yes, there are other socioeconomic categories PDMs are looking to engage. This is an event for all socio-economic categories.

17. Where can I get copies of the conference presentations?

Presentations are posted on the website after the event.

18. Can I get a discount?

Fees for the events are established and charged by the event contractor and are not controlled by the VA.

19. Who can we contact for more information on 2019 NVSBE?

 For more details on the event, visit NVSBE.com.

20. Who can I contact if I have issues registering for the event?

Please contact the NVSBE Call Center at 1-844-687-2318. It is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

21. What are the Exhibitor Move-In / Tear Down Hours?

Exhibitor Move-In:
Sunday, December 8, 2019 8:00AM – 5:00PM;
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Exhibitor Tear Down: Wednesday, December 11 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

22. What are the Exhibit Hall Hours?

Monday, December 9, 2019 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00AM – 6:30PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:00AM – 1:15PM

23. What should I do if my screen fails to advance or my payment submission appears to not process while registering?  

Do not click the “Back” button as that may result in a systematic and/or payment error. Please take a digital capture of the screen where the information has frozen and forward the screen capture to NVSBE@va.gov to request technical support for the issue. When e-mailing for technical support, please include the date and time you attempted to process the payment or registration. In addition, please include your full name, company name, and phone number. If you are processing a payment or registration on behalf of someone else, please include their full name and e-mail address as well.