Professional Training Center hosts business-oriented Veteran’s Conference

Carina Snow

News Editor

DeeringMajor General Myles Deering, Adjutant General of the Oklahoma National Guard, will give the keynote speech for the Veteran’s Conference at RSC’s Professional Training Center Quad Room on Nov. 14, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Deering will discuss “how military service core values and training lead to professionalism in civilian life, and how entrepreneurs can strengthen their businesses through these skills,” Sandra Stephens, RSC Small Business Development coordinator, said.

The conference, which is entitled “Full Circle Veterans Conference -Veterans to Veterans,” is free and open to everyone, and will include a continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m., as well as a continental lunch from noon to 1 p.m., at no charge. The program will begin at 8:45 a.m. Seating is limited to 100 people; registration is required.

The conference is cosponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN), and will focus on educating active duty military, veterans, spouses, or any aspiring entrepreneur in business matters.

It will feature three tracks: START TRACK will focus on what it takes to start a business; GROW TRACK will address preparing for business growth; and a newly added EMPLOYMENT TRACK will discuss the economic need of some small business owners to supplement their income by seeking employment outside of their business.

The conference will focus on “converting military experience to entrepreneurism; contracting basics; selling to the federal government; maximizing VA benefits for business; transferring one’s business to a new assignment,” and more, according to an RSC announcement.

After the keynote speech, Steven Hawks of Hawks Logistics, Roger Valdez of Valco Enterprises, and Ella Speakes, will conduct a panel discussion.

“These are all Veteran-owned businesses,” Stephens said. They will discuss how “they (are) transforming their military experience into successful small businesses.”

The conference will give veterans, service disabled veterans, active duty military and their spouses the chance to “learn how to start your own business or how to take your existing business to the next level,” according to RSC’s SBDC site.

The conference is important to RSC because “being so close to Tinker Air Force Base, and being very central in Oklahoma, and having all four (military) services around us; it’s very important to bring all of that knowledge and experience together to help one another,” Stephens said.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Sandra Stephens at 405-733-7488, or email her at, or visit the Professional Training and Education Center at 1720 Hudiburg Drive, Midwest City, Okla.



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