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    • Friday, April 30, 2021
    • 15:00 - 16:30 (PDT)
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Join us in WELCOMING MR. JOHN ENGSTROM with our II Part Webinar Series.

    All webinars will be distributed through your YouTube Channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    John currently serves as a Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District of the U.S. Small Business Administration. John provides government contracting guidance to 8(a) firms, conducts HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone, click to view HUBZone map) visits and is a highly sought out speaker.                        

    We are featuring him in our II Part Webinar Series starting April 30, 2021 on ZOOM at 3 pm PST. So RSVP NOW! Here is our series schedule:

    II PART WEBINAR SERIES EXPECTATION

    Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses..

    April 30, 2021 at 3 pm PST "Is Government Contracting Right For Me?"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:

    John will be discussing the following 4 various federal government certification programs to include the recent program changes, what are the qualification requirements and how to apply.

    - 8(a) Business Development Program

    - HUBZone Program

    - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB)

    - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB)

    - John will also speak about SBA Resource Partners that can provide free assistance with the application process as well as government contracting.

    May 26, 2021 at 3 pm PST "8(a) Business Development Program"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:

    You will learn about this exciting 9-year program that provides qualified business owners with an opportunity to do business with the federal government. You will learn about the latest changes, the qualifications of the program, how to certify for the program and receive valuable information about tools and resources to help your business grow!


    Our opps4vets Member Jennifer Llarinas will welcome you during our ZOOM webinar. Click her name to send her a message. 


    About Mr. John Engstrom, Marine Veteran: 

     

    Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District  Small Business Administration

    John Engstrom currently serves as a Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District of the U.S. Small Business Administration. John provides government contracting guidance to 8(a) firms, conducts HUBZone visits and is a highly sought out speaker.

    He served as the Veterans Recruiting Specialist for Amerit Consulting and the BRAVE program. His mission was to place veterans into jobs!

    John served as the Western Regional Recruiter for Battlefields to Oilfields. He recruited 678 veterans into a 5-week training program which led to job placement upon graduation.

    John served in a contractor role as the Sr. Military Talent Acquisition Specialist for Life Technologies. Upon his arrival in March 2012, he initiated an aggressive career fair schedule and maximized speaking and networking opportunities. He developed and rolled out the Military Apprenticeship Program for Life Technologies, which has provided 44 transitioning military personnel in 8 months with a one-day job shadowing experience in their occupational area of interest. As a result, Life Technologies received the Meritorious Support of Veterans and Military Award for 2012, and was recognized as the “San Diego County Corporation of the Year for 2012.” John was instrumental in 45 veterans being hired by Life Technologies in one year.

    John spent five years as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator of the Navy’s Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). He was instrumental in increasing awareness of naval aviation and in helping more than 200 minority high school graduates attain tuition free NROTC college scholarships leading to a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. He also played a major role in developing and rolling out a formal mentor training program. He provided mentor training to 485 of the Navy’s best and brightest leaders. He also developed, rolled out and facilitated a mentor train the trainer program.

    As the Administrative Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in San Diego, he had the best recruiting, hiring and new employee orientation programs in the entire TSA. As an Operations Manager for CarMax Auto Superstores, John ran two hiring centers and was the most effective in CarMax at direct recruiting automotive technicians.

    John had a distinguished 25-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted as a Private and advanced rapidly through the enlisted ranks. Based on his outstanding leadership and technical expertise, he was appointed to Warrant Officer. In order to serve in a more strategic role, he was promoted into the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) ranks and retired as a Major.

    John has a M.A. in Human Resources Management and a B.A. in Business Administration. 

    Email: John.Engstrom@sba.gov

    Make sure you don't miss the webinar and if you do, no worries, we will air them all at our YouTube channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    • Monday, May 17, 2021
    • 10:30 - 12:00 (PDT)
    • ONLINE Microsoft TEAMS
    Register

    Join us in WELCOMING MR. JAWAID "JAY" RAFI KHAN Small Business Liaison at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

    All webinars will be distributed through our YouTube Channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Jay currently serves as the Small Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Jay's duties and responsibilities are listed below: 

    - Review all VA Form 2268 (Procurement Request for the Small Business Program and Contract Bundling) for accuracy and compliance with small business program
    - Hold face to face meetings with small business vendors
    - Provide sound guidance and technical direction regarding small business programs to acquisition staff and customers
    - Create action plans and weekly reports to ensure compliance with Small Business Performance standards
    - Ensure NCOs substantial achievement and accomplishment of contracting for SB, SDB, WOSB, HUBZone, 8A, SDVOSB, and VOSB vendors
    - Conduct presentations at vendor outreach events

    We are featuring him May 17, 2021 online via Microsoft Teams at 10:30 am PST. So RSVP NOW! Once you register, details to join meeting will be provided. If you don't receive, email online@SWVBRC.ORG. 


    Our opps4vets Member Jennifer Llarinas will welcome you during our LIVE webinar. Click her name to send her a message. 

    About Mr. Jawaid "Jay" Rafi Khan 

     

    Small Business Liaison 


    Mr. Khan has served in the Federal Government since 2004.  He has over 10 years of experience in Federal Contracting as a warranted contracting officer and team lead at the Department of Interior. He also has six years of experience as a Small Business Liaison.  Mr. Khan came to Veteran Affairs in October 2018 and serves as the Small Business Liaison for all of the Southern California VA Medical Centers. He obtained his Master’s in Business Administration in 2011 and currently holds a FAC-C III contracting certification.

    Email: Jawaid.Khan@va.gov

    Make sure you don't miss the webinar and if you do, no worries, we will air them all at our YouTube channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    • 10:00 - 11:30 (PDT)
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Join us in WELCOMING BACK MR. WAYNE GROSS with our III Part Webinar Series.

    All webinars will be distributed through your YouTube Channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Wayne was out of pocket during the height of the covid-19 pandemic, taking part of the track and tracing for the State of California. He is BACK and ready to get us on track on doing business with the State of California.

    We are featuring him in our III Part Webinar Series starting March 30, 2021 on ZOOM at 10 am. So RSVP NOW! Here is our series schedule:

    III PART WEBINAR SERIES EXPECTATION

    The State of California is the fifth largest economy in the world and last year we purchased over $10 billion worth of goods and services.  Please get registered as a small business and/or a disabled veteran business enterprise.  Learn how easy it is to get certified and start earning some money from  the state. There are three sessions that you should attend to get the best value for your buck.

    Mar 30, 2021 at 10 am "How to do Business with the State of California"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • ·         Overview of SB/DVBE Program
    • ·         State Certifications
    • ·         Certification benefits
    • ·         Cal eProcure Registration & Certification
    • ·         Keywords / UNSPSC Codes
    • ·         Current Bid Solicitations
    • ·         Past Purchases
    • ·         SB/DVBE Advocates
    • ·         CMAS (California Multiple Awards Schedule)
    • ·         Commercially Useful Function (CUF)
    • ·         Resources

    May 25, 2021 at 10 am "I’m Certified, Now What?"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • California State Contracts Register (CSCR)
    • Updating and Improving your profile
    • State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS)
    • SB/DVBE Advocates
    • Reciprocity
    • California Multiple Awards Schedule (CMAS)
    • Commercial Useful Function (CUF)
    • Resources

    Jul 27, 2021 at 10 am "Learn about State of California Contracts"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • ·         Overview of SB/DVBE Program
    • ·         How the State Buys
    • ·         Small Business Preference
    • ·         DVBE Incentive
    • ·         Commercially Useful Function
    • ·         Contract Readiness
    • ·         Common Mistakes
    • ·         Tips for Success
    • ·         Resources


    Our opps4vets Member Jennifer Llarinas will welcome you during our ZOOM webinar. Click her name to send her a message. 

      

    Did You Know Billions of Dollars are awarded every year to Small Business as a result of State Agencies is under Executive Order to do 25% of their procurement and contracts with Small Businesses (SB's) and 3% with Disable Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (DVBE's)?

    About Mr. Wayne Gross, Air Force Veteran: 

      Wayne Gross Department of General Services
     


    Wayne Gross has forty-five years of customer service skills starting from his early days as a USAF Captain. Wayne currently serves as a Customer Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate for the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch. In this role, he educates the business community and ensures that Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses can access their share of state contracts.   Wayne received two 2012 State Agency Recognition Awards for his advocacy and support of SBs and DVBEs seeking to understand and navigate the State's procurement system. These awards honor state departments and employees for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance California's SB programs and DVBE programs. Recently, Wayne was awarded the Spotlight Award in recognition of his total body of public service work, his commitment to the economic health and vitality of Bay Area businesses and communities, exemplary leadership, by the Bay Area Business Roundtable. Furthermore, the North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 2014 SBDC Business Builder Award for unwavering commitment and continued contributions to the local business community and for providing an invaluable resource for local businesses was presented to him by Marie Waldron, Assemblymember 75th District and Bruce Maienschein, Assemblymember 77th District.  Wayne holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Golden Gate University.  

    Email:
     Wayne.Gross@dgs.ca.gov

    Make sure you don't miss the webinar and if you do, no worries, we will air them all at our YouTube channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    • 15:00 - 16:30 (PDT)
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Join us in WELCOMING MR. JOHN ENGSTROM with our II Part Webinar Series.

    All webinars will be distributed through your YouTube Channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    John currently serves as a Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District of the U.S. Small Business Administration. John provides government contracting guidance to 8(a) firms, conducts HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone, click to view HUBZone map) visits and is a highly sought out speaker.                        

    We are featuring him in our II Part Webinar Series starting April 30, 2021 on ZOOM at 3 pm PST. So RSVP NOW! Here is our series schedule:

    II PART WEBINAR SERIES EXPECTATION

    Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses..

    April 30, 2021 at 3 pm PST "Is Government Contracting Right For Me?"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:

    John will be discussing the following 4 various federal government certification programs to include the recent program changes, what are the qualification requirements and how to apply.

    - 8(a) Business Development Program

    - HUBZone Program

    - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB)

    - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB)

    - John will also speak about SBA Resource Partners that can provide free assistance with the application process as well as government contracting.

    May 26, 2021 at 3 pm PST "8(a) Business Development Program"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:

    You will learn about this exciting 9-year program that provides qualified business owners with an opportunity to do business with the federal government. You will learn about the latest changes, the qualifications of the program, how to certify for the program and receive valuable information about tools and resources to help your business grow!


    Our opps4vets Member Jennifer Llarinas will welcome you during our ZOOM webinar. Click her name to send her a message. 

    About Mr. John Engstrom, Marine Veteran: 

     

    Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District  Small Business Administration

    John Engstrom currently serves as a Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District of the U.S. Small Business Administration. John provides government contracting guidance to 8(a) firms, conducts HUBZone visits and is a highly sought out speaker.

    He served as the Veterans Recruiting Specialist for Amerit Consulting and the BRAVE program. His mission was to place veterans into jobs!

    John served as the Western Regional Recruiter for Battlefields to Oilfields. He recruited 678 veterans into a 5-week training program which led to job placement upon graduation.

    John served in a contractor role as the Sr. Military Talent Acquisition Specialist for Life Technologies. Upon his arrival in March 2012, he initiated an aggressive career fair schedule and maximized speaking and networking opportunities. He developed and rolled out the Military Apprenticeship Program for Life Technologies, which has provided 44 transitioning military personnel in 8 months with a one-day job shadowing experience in their occupational area of interest. As a result, Life Technologies received the Meritorious Support of Veterans and Military Award for 2012, and was recognized as the “San Diego County Corporation of the Year for 2012.” John was instrumental in 45 veterans being hired by Life Technologies in one year.

    John spent five years as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator of the Navy’s Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). He was instrumental in increasing awareness of naval aviation and in helping more than 200 minority high school graduates attain tuition free NROTC college scholarships leading to a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. He also played a major role in developing and rolling out a formal mentor training program. He provided mentor training to 485 of the Navy’s best and brightest leaders. He also developed, rolled out and facilitated a mentor train the trainer program.

    As the Administrative Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in San Diego, he had the best recruiting, hiring and new employee orientation programs in the entire TSA. As an Operations Manager for CarMax Auto Superstores, John ran two hiring centers and was the most effective in CarMax at direct recruiting automotive technicians.

    John had a distinguished 25-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted as a Private and advanced rapidly through the enlisted ranks. Based on his outstanding leadership and technical expertise, he was appointed to Warrant Officer. In order to serve in a more strategic role, he was promoted into the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) ranks and retired as a Major.

    John has a M.A. in Human Resources Management and a B.A. in Business Administration. 

    Email: John.Engstrom@sba.gov

    Make sure you don't miss the webinar and if you do, no worries, we will air them all at our YouTube channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel


    • Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    • 10:00 - 11:30 (PDT)
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Join us in WELCOMING BACK MR. WAYNE GROSS with our III Part Webinar Series.

    All webinars will be distributed through your YouTube Channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Wayne was out of pocket during the height of the covid-19 pandemic, taking part of the track and tracing for the State of California. He is BACK and ready to get us on track on doing business with the State of California.

    We are featuring him in our III Part Webinar Series starting March 30, 2021 on ZOOM at 10 am. So RSVP NOW! Here is our series schedule:

    III PART WEBINAR SERIES EXPECTATION

    The State of California is the fifth largest economy in the world and last year we purchased over $10 billion worth of goods and services.  Please get registered as a small business and/or a disabled veteran business enterprise.  Learn how easy it is to get certified and start earning some money from  the state. There are three sessions that you should attend to get the best value for your buck.

    Mar 30, 2021 at 10 am "How to do Business with the State of California"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • ·         Overview of SB/DVBE Program
    • ·         State Certifications
    • ·         Certification benefits
    • ·         Cal eProcure Registration & Certification
    • ·         Keywords / UNSPSC Codes
    • ·         Current Bid Solicitations
    • ·         Past Purchases
    • ·         SB/DVBE Advocates
    • ·         CMAS (California Multiple Awards Schedule)
    • ·         Commercially Useful Function (CUF)
    • ·         Resources

    May 25, 2021 at 10 am "I’m Certified, Now What?"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • California State Contracts Register (CSCR)
    • Updating and Improving your profile
    • State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS)
    • SB/DVBE Advocates
    • Reciprocity
    • California Multiple Awards Schedule (CMAS)
    • Commercial Useful Function (CUF)
    • Resources

    Jul 27, 2021 at 10 am "Learn about State of California Contracts"

    please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

    Items discussed are:
    • ·         Overview of SB/DVBE Program
    • ·         How the State Buys
    • ·         Small Business Preference
    • ·         DVBE Incentive
    • ·         Commercially Useful Function
    • ·         Contract Readiness
    • ·         Common Mistakes
    • ·         Tips for Success
    • ·         Resources


    Our opps4vets Member Jennifer Llarinas will welcome you during our ZOOM webinar. Click her name to send her a message. 

      

    Did You Know Billions of Dollars are awarded every year to Small Business as a result of State Agencies is under Executive Order to do 25% of their procurement and contracts with Small Businesses (SB's) and 3% with Disable Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (DVBE's)?

    About Mr. Wayne Gross, Air Force Veteran: 

      Wayne Gross Department of General Services
     


    Wayne Gross has forty-five years of customer service skills starting from his early days as a USAF Captain. Wayne currently serves as a Customer Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate for the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch. In this role, he educates the business community and ensures that Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses can access their share of state contracts.   Wayne received two 2012 State Agency Recognition Awards for his advocacy and support of SBs and DVBEs seeking to understand and navigate the State's procurement system. These awards honor state departments and employees for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance California's SB programs and DVBE programs. Recently, Wayne was awarded the Spotlight Award in recognition of his total body of public service work, his commitment to the economic health and vitality of Bay Area businesses and communities, exemplary leadership, by the Bay Area Business Roundtable. Furthermore, the North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 2014 SBDC Business Builder Award for unwavering commitment and continued contributions to the local business community and for providing an invaluable resource for local businesses was presented to him by Marie Waldron, Assemblymember 75th District and Bruce Maienschein, Assemblymember 77th District.  Wayne holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Golden Gate University.  

    Email:
     Wayne.Gross@dgs.ca.gov

    Make sure you don't miss the webinar and if you do, no worries, we will air them all at our YouTube channel, please subscribe to our channel at opps4vets YouTube channel

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