The mission of our Government Advocacy Committee is to create a favorable business environment for our members, assist in navigating the federal and state contracting arena, build relationships with elected officials and government agencies and educate our members on legislation and laws that impact their business.
WHAT WE ARE NOT!
1) We are not registered lobbyists
2) We do not endorse candidates
3) We do not hold fund raising events
Like everything else we do, we accomplish this mission by building relationships. We conduct one-on- one meetings with elected officials, small business development representatives and agency officials. We invite all of these groups to join us at all of our activities.
Our goal is to advocate for our members and to make these officials aware of the issues that veteran business owners face.
Every July we hold an Annual Meet and Greet for our Elected Officials. This event is a great opportunity for veterans to say, “Thank You” to our public servants for their service to our country.
While we celebrate diversity and we encourage all veteran-owned companies to join our association, many of our members are federal government contractors. Doing business with the federal government is not easy, and our seasoned business owners are available to help navigate this process.
We highly encourage our members to work together as teaming partners and combine capabilities to become more competitive.
If your company is a current government contractor, or you wish to become one, we can help.
Executive Order 13360
On October 20, 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order 13360 calling for an increase of federal contracting and subcontracting opportunites for service-disabled veteran businesses. On December 12, 2004, the Executive Office of the President issued a memorandum to all federal agencies on the implementation of the Executive Order. This memorandum provides guidance to assist agencies in preparing their strategies to implement the Order.
Among other things, the Order requires each agency to:
* Provide a strategic plan on how they will meet the 3% goal for a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB);
* Designate a senior-level official to be responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s strategy; and
* Report its progress annually to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The following document captures percentages obtained since 2001 for agencies submitting data into FPDS-NG, and reflects the overall progress made since the implementation of PL 106-50.
Registering your Business with the Federal Government and the State of Tennessee
Self-certifying as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) is no longer the case. There are formal programs in place that validate the claim. We assist our members with officially certifying with various government agencies including the VA, SBA, and the State of Tennessee:
Currently, through the Veterans First Contracting Program, the VA is the only agency that requires a SDVOB to be certified in order to receive a contract award. We believe this is changing and soon every agency will require VA certification prior to award.
To achieve certification the company MUST be registered with the Center for Veteran Enterprise. This process is very time consuming, and we can assist you with the process. See www.vetbiz.gov for more information and to get started.
State of Tennessee
Due to the efforts of the TVBA, The state of Tennessee now recognizes SDVOSB’s as a disadvantaged business category.
To register your business visit http://tn.gov/businessopp/
If you are new to the federal contracting arena, visit these sites to get started in the registration process: