Roswell Inc and the National Veteran Supplier Diversity Coalition will partner to host and bring the Veteran Business Expo of Georgia to the city for the first time.

The “innovative trade show” will be at the Country Club of Roswell on April 30.

Veteran-owned business owners and entrepreneurs and corporate purchasing professionals will come together for this one-day “reverse trade show and matchmaking event.”

This trade show model is considered “unique within the industry and will serve the needs of veteran business professionals as well as the local, regional, and national companies looking to work with and hire veteran-owned businesses.”

“As veteran entrepreneurs, ourselves, we saw first-hand the problems with traditional trade shows and decided to create a new model based directly around the needs of veteran entrepreneurs, something affordable and exclusively veteran-focused that would provide access to an expansive network of private companies and government purchasing managers who are passionate about using veteran suppliers,” NVSDC Director of Outreach Brent Moeller.

According to the release, plans for the expo “feature networking opportunities, in-depth, one-on-one matchmaking activities between veteran-owned businesses and corporate purchasing professionals.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing this new, innovative, and much-needed event to our community in order to serve and support veterans and veteran-owned businesses here in Roswell and within the region,” said Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud.

The “exhibit hall” will be “specifically tailored for small-to-medium veteran-owned businesses to share their products and services with large corporations looking to network and grow their supplier diversity program.”

“The best way we can help veteran entrepreneurs is to give them access to as many opportunities as possible,” said Moeller.

There will be an additional opportunity for Veterans interested in “learning about opening a franchise.”

“Opportunities to hear from and connect with professionals in the franchising industry,” are planned for the expo.

“We’ve been honored to work hand-in-hand with the NVSDC team and look forward to seeing the positive impact this event will have on fostering a vibrant business environment for our veterans,” said Stroud.

The Veteran Expo of Georgia Title Sponsor is Lockheed Martin and SAS Software is Partner Sponsor.

“As Title Sponsor, Lockheed Martin is also specifically sponsoring the one-on-one matchmaking activities,” said a release.

Additional sponsors are set to be announced in the coming months.

Sponsorship opportunities at multiple levels are still available for interested.

More information about sponsorship, becoming an exhibitor, or registering to attend as a Veteran-owned business is available at www.nvsdc.org/trade-show.

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