Veterans In Business Network

Conference Agenda

Monday, November 6

VIB Network National Conference Begins

  • 0930-1600 (9:30 am-4 pm) • Check-in and Registration
  • 1000-1300 (10 am-1 pm)  Exhibitor set-up tabletop display
  • 1030-1200 (10:30 am -12 pm)  General Session "Hidden Rules of Working with Prime Contractors" presented by Catherine Francis of CMF Global Enterprises. Learn the Secret Strategies of Working with Big Business.
  • 1200-1300 (12-1 pm)  Lunch break - on your own. There are two restaurants on the hotel property plus you can get a bite across the street at Subway, Starbucks, Jack-in-the-Box and more.
  • 1300-1430 (1-2:30 pm) • General Session “Personal Branding and Power Networking” presented by Master Motivator Zig Ziglar Ambassador Don Martinez of Domar Companies, LLC. This presentation will have excellent information for  both suppliers and buyers to help get everyone excited to make mutually beneficial connections.
  • 1430-1445 (2:30-2:45 pm)  Popcorn Break
  • 1445-1515 (2:45-3:15 pm)  "Tips for Success: A View from the Other Side" presented by Jose G. Espinoza, Supplier Diversity Manager of California Water Service. He will share insider information on what supplier diversity is looking for to help you succeed.
  • 1515-1630 (3:15-4:30 pm)  "Networking with a Purpose" roundtable business matchmaking:  Don't miss this event to personally connect with Corporations, Primes, Government Agencies, and Veteran businesses. Give your elevator pitch, set up meetings, and create opportunities.
  • 1700-2000 (5-8 pm)  VIB Networking Welcome Reception on the Greens! Mix and mingle as you enjoy art displays from VETART and listen to live music in the beautiful Palm Springs could be a little cold at night so bring a sweater – it gets in the 50s.

Tuesday, November 7

  • 0830-1500 (8:30 am-3 pm) • Check-in, Registration and Information Desk Open 
  • 0900 (9 am) • VIB Inaugural Exhibitor Hall Ribbon Cutting and VIB Café open – have coffee on us!
  • 0900-1200 (9 am-12 pm) • Exhibitor Hall & Educational Workshops
  • 1200-1330 (12-1:30 pm) • VIB Banquet Luncheon - Forecasting a Bright VIB Future
  • 1330-1600 (1:30-4 pm) • Exhibitor Hall & Educational Workshops continue
  • 1800-2100 (6-9 pm) • VIB Network Above & Beyond Awards Banquet Dinner at the Palm Springs Air Museum.  This evening is all about celebrating the Veteran business community with Marine, Comedian, Emcee Mel Austin. We will recognize Corporations, Government Agencies, Primes, and Veteran Businesses who go Above & Beyond to help Veteran businesses grow and succeed. This is a suit and tie, business attire event.

    The Palm Springs Air Museum is one of the top air museums in the world, and your VIB Conference attendee pass allows you to visit the museum for FREE starting at 4:30 pm that day. Arrive early and enjoy the rich history of flight this museum has to offer. This is an offsite event and 5 minutes from the hotel. Continue networking and share a taxi, Lyft or Uber. Parking at the museum is free; park near the Korean and Vietnam War Hanger. 

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, November 7



Double Tree Golf Resort Palm Springs
Our host hotel is sure to sell out,
so book your room 
now for this beautiful resort
before it's too late!

plane Palm Springs Air Museum
Don't miss the Inaugural VIB Network Awards
Banquet dinner at the
Palm Springs Air Museum Hanger

Get the most out of the experience!

Presenters & Speakers
If you're interested in presenting a workshop to the Veteran business community at the next VIB Network National Conference please email your bio and workshop topics to Rebecca at Presenters will have access to all VIB Network Conference events. We are no longer accepting presenters for the 2017 Conference.