USDA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization recently announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses will have an opportunity to meet and participate in networking sessions with USDA program and acquisition specialists on the Patio, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building on November 8, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. There will also be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with USDA contracting agency representatives to describe their agency’s program objectives, direction and acquisitions.
Annually, USDA purchases more than $5 billion dollars in goods and services essential to meeting the needs of our customers and the various missions of the agency. Approximately 60 percent of these dollars are spent on food commodities.
Registration for this event closes November 1 so be sure to visit our website for more information on this event, and other news from the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
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The RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) is developing programs for returning and disabled vets . Many of the regions already provide information on operator careers. Please keep technical assistance providers in mind as they may be able to assist on the ground efforts and provide further followup. We also have developed at RCAP Solutions a Leadership Institute that looks at Rural Enterprise and Rural Job creation.