The US Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Small Business Summit: Highlighting Veterans & Transportation Innovation – Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (In Person Only)
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Join the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) for our in-person, Inaugural Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) event at USDOT Headquarters on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we celebrate and recognize our veterans and their service to this great nation with a day-long event focused on small business opportunities, access to capital and networking. This event is open to all small businesses. 

The inaugural event will kick-off with remarks from Departmental Leadership. The first half of the day will also include panel sessions with subject matter experts on how to do business with USDOT, best practices for federal contracting, and how to increase SDVOSB utilization. Additionally, to commemorate Garrett Morgan’s contributions in the transportation space and innovation, OSDBU will recognize the family of Garrett Morgan for the 100th anniversary of his invention of the 3-way traffic signal. The remaining half of the event will be dedicated to One-on-One Business Matchmaking via our Connections MarketPlace (CMP) and an interactive Business Expo.

The CMP Business Matchmaking will help bridge the gap between small businesses and various transportation modal representatives from the federal, state, and municipal levels. During these 10 minute one-on-one meetings small businesses will be matched with large primes as well as federal, state, and local municipalities and agencies. The meeting topics will consist of contracting opportunities, providing technical assistance and other resources and helpful information to small businesses. Attendees will also be able to speak with financial institutions, Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:00am - 4:00pm EDT

Event Type: In-person

Location: USDOT Headquarters, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590

Event Agenda (Eastern Standard Time):

8:00AM: Registration Check-In & Security

9:00AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 AM – 9:50 AM: Garrett Morgan Recognition

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM: Roadmap to Being “Procurement Ready”

10:50 AM – 11:05 AM: Transition

11:05 AM – 11:45 AM: Fireside Chat

Fireside chat with Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) and SBA’s Boots-to-Business

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: LUNCH

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Connections MarketPlace: Matchmaking

You can register at: by 5:00PM on November 8, 2023.

Small Business Summit: Highlighting Veterans and Transportation Innovation

If you are a stakeholder and interested in participating in the Business EXPO please email for more information.

FOR DISABILITY ACCESS ONLY: The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to providing equal access to all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please contact OSDBU via email at or phone (202) 366-1930 with your request by close of business Wednesday, November 8th.

For any questions, please contact our office at 202-366-1930 or email us at Visit our website to find more about OSDBU, upcoming events, and available technical assistance.

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