Friday, March 27, 2015

Veteran Business Owners Avoid $20,000 Scam

Photo Courtesy of US Department of Veterans Affairs

By: Stan Washington
Date: March 27, 2015

Imagine the excitement as the person who has served their country, returns home to open a business. They scrape their last penny together to open a business to service the government that supported them all these years, hoping to get a set aside contract. Now imagine an unscrupulous person preying on their business stating they will "teach" them how to obtain set aside contracts if the veteran business owner would only pay $20,000. Are you furious yet? I am! 

This message is not just to those who are veterans, but to anyone who is going after a government contract.

 FREE software that Grows with Your BusinessSafeguard Your Email Address. Your email is listed in public domain. Be careful of getting the eye-catching email stating “Contracting” or “Sub-Contracting” opportunities. Many unscrupulous companies poll the public lists, grabbing email addresses to send you spam. Be sure to use software like Microsoft Outlook that disables any web links or “phishing” software that may have been sent in this email.  In Outlook simply move the message to “Junk Mail”; this disables any malicious behavior in the message.

Seek Help from Government Agencies. Veterans have a wealth of information and services available to them for FREE.  Civilians can also participate in some of these conferences but not all. Look into these resources as they do make themselves available frequently.

Connect with People. Visit “Business Development Centers” in order to understand what is available to you. Some of these centers specialize in helping those who wish to do business with the government. In fact they have quota’s on how successful they are in assisting veterans and civilians. Stop wasting time at home and get out and meet people.

Small business owners who wish to pursue VA set-aside procurement opportunities must be verified as a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) or Veteran-owned small business (VOSB) by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). In order to get free training visit the Veterans Administration Blog:

Firms who have started the Verification process can contact CVE’s Customer Service Contact Center at (866) 584-2344, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  For an update on your application, please contact CVE by phone or email

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