2019 Veterans In Business Network National Conference - San Diego

Conference Agenda* (updated 8/19/2019)

Liberty Sunday, October 27

Come early and join us for Liberty! Network and socialize with other VIB Conference attendees before the conference begins. We have 3 great activities planned to help you explore San Diego. These activities are not included in your VIB Conference registration and are an additional fee.
  • Net-Rocking: Hiking and Rock Climbing (8am - 3:30pm) 
  • Golfing at Air 'N Sea Golf Course North Island (9am - 3:30pm)
  • Historic Gaslamp Food & Drink Walking Tour (5pm - 8pm) 

For further information on Liberty Sunday visit the Liberty Sunday Information Page

Veteran 2 Veteran Business Cohorts Only: Final Workshop, 12pm - 4pm (Del Mar Room)  

Supplier Diversity Veteran Business Advocate Dinner, 5pm - 8pm (Invitation Only)

Monday, October 28

VIB Network National Conference Begins
0630-0730 (6:30am-7:30am) Sunrise Stretch & Strength at Kona Kai - Sponsored by SDG&E
0830-1600 (8:30am-4pm) • Check-in/Registration and Information Desk (VIB Cafe - Coffee on us!)
0830-1445 (8:30am-2:45pm)  Sign-up for Tactical Networking 
0900-0915 (9:00am–9:15am) • Welcome & Tips to Making the VIB Conference a Success
0915-1000 (9:15am-10:00am) • Mission Accomplished: Veteran Business Success - A panel discussion with successful Veteran business owners. Hear how they're utilizing their Veteran business status, and how they differentiate themselves from the competition to succeed in business.
1000-1010 (10:00am-10:10am) • AM Break
1010-1100 (10:10am-11:00am) • Working "ON" Your Business Not "IN" Your Business: How to Scale for Growth Presented by Andy Kemal, Founder/Principal Consultant of INFIX
1100-1110 (11:00am-11:10am) • Break
1110-1140 (11:10am-11:40am) • Doc's Top 10 List of Veteran Owned Business Must-Dos! Presented by Eric"Doc" Wright, Co-Founder Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance (Navy Veteran)
1140-1200 (11:40am-12:00pm) • Seminar Sneak Peak – Presenters share brief information to help you decide which seminars to attend on Tuesday morning to benefit you and your business
1200-1330 (12pm–1:30pm) • Lunch break - on your own, restaurant and food trucks available
* VIB Veteran 2 Veteran: Business Cohorts Luncheon (Invitation Only)
1330-1345 (1:30pm-1:45pm) • Welcome back and what to expect from the 2nd part of the day
1345-1445 (1:45pm-2:45pm) • Veteran Business Briefing: Secrets to Working with Corportations, Government Agencies, Large & Small Prime Contractors 
1445-1500 (2:45pm-3:00pm) • What to Expect from Tactical Networking/Pitching Your Business
1500-1630 (3:00pm-4:30pm) • Roll Call: ALL attendees encouraged to participate in “Tactical Networking" – This roundtable business interactive discussion is for Corporations, Government Agencies, Prime Contractors & Veteran businesses. Share information and opportunities while you engage in face to face meetings. Sign-up at check-in. (Bring plenty of business cards) 
1630-1930 (4:30pm-7:30pm) •
Socializing on the Sand, VIB Welcome Reception - Mix and mingle on a private beach while enjoying Latin Jazz, amazing food, drinks and continue the networking in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Tuesday, October 29

0630-0730 (6:30am-7:30am) • Sunrise Stretch & Strength at Kona Kai - Sponsored by SDG&E
(7:30am–3:00pm) • Check-in, Registration and Information Desk (VIB Cafe-coffee/tea) 
0745-0830 (7:45am–8:30am) • Pick-up your breakfast burrito, fruit, and coffee 
0800-1030 (8:00am–10:30am) • Exhibitor Opportunity Expo Set-up (MUST be complete by 10:30am)
0800-1050 (8:00am–10:50am) • Business Development Seminars (9 Seminars, 50 minutes each)

Business Development Seminars:
* Secrets to Success-How to tap into Corps Contracts Presented by Army Corp of Engineers 
* Getting Past the Gatekeeper to Win Corporate RFPs!
* The Top 5 Cyber-security Safeguards for Small Businesses - Sponsored by Totem Tech
* Top Notch Capabilities Statement & Tactics
* Inspired Sales: Five Components to Creating a Sales Plan for Longevity
* Power Couples - Teaming, Joint Ventures, Mentor-Protege & Other Alliances
* Combat Burnout: Finding the perfect balance between your business and personal life
* Show Me the Money - Financial Panel (Exploring options to Accessing Capital for your Business)
Accounting Automation Tools to Simplify Your Business

1100-1200 (11:00am–12pm) • Ribbon Cutting & Opportunity Expo Opens – Interactive Exhibiting
1200-1315 (12pm-1:15pm) • VIB Network Luncheon & Fireside Chat with Cedric Williams, Vice President, Construction of SoCal Gas (Marine Veteran) Luncheon Sponsored by T-Mobile
1315-1600 (1:15pm-4:00pm) • Opportunity Expo Reopens – Coffee and dessert served in Expo
1800-2100 (6pm-9pm)
 • VIB Network iconic Above & Beyond Awards Banquet Dinner at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.  This evening is to celebrate the accomplishments of the Veteran business community and their supporters. We will recognize Veteran Businesses, Corporations, Government Agencies, and Prime Contractors who go Above & Beyond to help Veteran businesses grow and succeed. This is a suit and tie, business attire event. 

* Agenda is subject to change, check back for updated information

Congratulations to 2018 Above & Beyond Award Recipients:

VIB LA Nov 2018 - Med Res-521
Veteran Business of the Year: Kana Subsurface Engineering (KSE) 
Corporation of the Year: California American Water, 
California Water Service and Golden State Water
Government Agency of the Year: California Department of General Services 
Teaming Partners of the Year: Prime: Blair, Church & Flynn Consulting Engineers, Inc. and Veteran Business: Moore Twining Associates, Inc. 
Oscar Mike Award: Aliahu “Ali” Bey – Haight Bey & Associates, LLC
Bravo Zulu Award: Dawn Gilbert 

Support Enlisted Families for Thanksgiving at the 2019 VIB Conference

Give Back at the VIB Network National Conference:
Support Military Families for Thanksgiving

We are proud to be partnering again with Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) during the VIB Conference. This year we are asking our attendees to help enlisted families for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Visit the STEP exhibitor table during the Opportunity Expo with any of the items below.

* Grocery store gift card
* Canned food
* Donate to help an enlisted family for Thanksgiving


Helping Young Military and Veteran Families Every Day

Our Mission

STEP assists junior active duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education, and grants to alleviate critical near-term obligations.