CPS Energy invites veteran business owners to attend the 2nd Annual Veteran Symposium & Expo being held on Tuesday, January 14 at the Norris Conference Center, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans form a vital part of the nation’s population, the labor force, and the business sector. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans own nine percent of all businesses in the United States. CPS Energy is dedicated to helping local veterans connect directly with procurement decision makers and business partners through this free Expo.
More than 40 exhibitors representing local businesses, associations, City and governmental agencies, and other entities with a special interest in veteran business growth in Greater San Antonio will be present. Participants will have the opportunity to grow their business by building relationships with potential clients and business partners.
Various breakout sessions and presentations will be offered throughout the day. Attendees can benefit from information about:
- Networking & Marketing,
- 8A Certification – SBA,
- Writing Proposals that Win,
- The Chamber of Commerce Advantage – Your Force Multiplier,
- Being a Successful Vendor in the Healthcare Industry,
- Federal Procurement,
- Access to Funding/Capital,
- Strategic Business Planning,
- And more.
A representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration will address morning attendees and provide information regarding programs the State of Texas offers veteran business owners. Luncheon speakers will include CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby, and State Representative José Menéndez, who serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. As part of this committee, Menéndez takes responsibility for issues involving military bases, defense related economic development in Texas, and the services and programs for the growing populations of active duty forces and veterans and their families in the state.