Free veterans business conference promises advice, support


A free conference for entrepreneurial-minded military veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and transitioning active-duty personnel is scheduled April 24-25 in Albuquerque, hosted by the New Mexico Business Outreach Center, a division of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

Registration is still open for the 2018 Southwest Veterans Business Conference in Albuquerque on April 24-25 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. both days at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

The conference is designed for veterans looking to open their own business or grow or expand an existing operation. Attendees will learn valuable tips from successful fellow veteran business owners and representatives from agencies that specifically help business-minded veterans.

Each veteran is welcome to bring one spouse or guest as well. A free continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. The conference features drawings for valuable door prizes.

Scheduled topics include accessing startup and expansion capital, doing business in the Southwest, business planning and marketing, finding assistance specifically for veteran-owned businesses and pursuing state and federal government contracts and business opportunities.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion featuring local veteran entrepreneurs and a presentation about the intensive Boots-to-Business transition-assistance program for entrepreneurial-veterans and transitioning active-duty personnel. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with successful veteran-owned business owners and federal and state prime contractors.

Partners who organized the conference include New Mexico Veterans Business Advocates, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, the Veterans Procurement Assistance Center, the Small Business Development Center of New Mexico and WESST New Mexico.

The Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is offering a special discounted room rate for attendees. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel toll-free at (505) 843-6300.

The conference is free, but preregistration is required and can be done online at For more information about the conference, contact VBOC Director Rich Coffel at or (505) 383-2401.