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Events Services

Veterans Direct Access Program
Offering unique opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to build partnerships, maximize networking, and gain access to Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs).

What is a DAP Event?

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) plays a large role in ensuring programs, services, and support resources reach the Veteran small business community. The Direct Access Program (DAP) offers unique opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) to build partnerships and maximize networking through structured events.

Why Attend a DAP Event?

DAP events provide VOSBs and SDVOSBs with opportunities to:
  • Engage with representatives from Federal agencies and commercial firms to build business relationships;
  • Learn about industry-specific trends, developments and procurement opportunities to help support business growth; and
  • Network with other businesses to identify and discuss possible subcontracting and teaming opportunities.
The DAP team’s involvement helps to reduce the level of effort on the part of the Procurement Decision Maker’s (PDM) need to conduct interactive market research with VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

Our Success Stories

  • Host Comments: VBOS and V1-on-1 - “As always, the DAP support team did an excellent job communicating all phases of the event well in advance. LMI was prepared and informed at every step of the process. The additional help qualifying interested small businesses by customizing the application survey was much appreciated.”
  • Participant Comments: VBOS – “Excellent hosting, concise information, great "next steps" provided. Thank you!”
  • Participant Comments: V1-on-1 – “This program is of great value, I would never be able to coordinate and meet with the VA Vendor participants at this level, considering logistics and availability. I love the forum and the managed logistics, that keeps the time to a reasonable investment for the Prime vendor, while allowing a meaningful interaction. Please don't change a thing and keep this program going. I learned more about LMI in the time frame, than I could have with the previous 3 days of online research.” "Although I have worked for/with the Department of Veterans Affairs throughout my professional career, I had never known about the Direct Access Program. I think the program is valuable in connecting companies with similar operations and capabilities together to discuss business opportunities and partnerships. The level of customer service was excellent and overall, I believe that events like this helps to build trust. I have one recommendation for possible improvement is to extend the length of the session to 30-minutes as opposed to 20 minutes, which seemed rushed."
  • Based upon the seven assessments that were received, LMI plans to follow-up with three of the seven companies (43%).
  • “HCSC event planner did an excellent job hosting and moderating the demonstrations. Her professionalism was outstanding.” - Industry Procurement Decision Maker
  • “Jeannine Mtui and her team provided exceptional support. The way Jeannine handled the meetings were amazing. She is a great asset to the acquisition process for HCSC.” - Industry Procurement Decision Maker

Event Models

  • This format informs industry about upcoming procurement opportunities; and facilitates feedback from industry that is related to a specific business need or procurement requirement.

  • This format provides industry with vital insights and tools to support business growth and development.

  • This format provides a venue for a small business representative to meet with a PDM, to promote their capabilities in response to the established business needs.

  • This format is held at VA medical facilities and provides PDMs and clinical staff opportunities to review new and innovative products and services demonstrated by VOSBs and SDVOSBs.

  • This format allows VOSBs and SDVOSBs to exhibit products and services to a PDM in support of their Federal agency’s or commercial firm’s market research efforts.

Ways We Execute

  • Virtual Production
  • In-Person Business Engagement Center (BEC)

Event Services

  • Plan and organize virtual and in-person events
  • Facilitate targeted marketing and outreach communications
  • Develop event promotional materials
  • Execute tailored event experiences
  • Analyze and evaluate event assessments and outcomes
  • Provide after-action reporting as a benchmark to gauge future event successes
Please note: Content on this Web page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a comprehensive statement or analysis of application statures, regulations, and case law governing this topic. Rather, it's a plain language summary. If you are seeking claims assistance, your local VA regional office, a VA-recognized Veterans Service Organization, or a VA-accredited attorney or agent can help.