The 4th Annual East Tennessee Veterans Business Conference will be held August 3 at Y-12’s New Hope Center in Oak Ridge.

Y-12-MaroonOAK RIDGE – A day-long event hosted by the Y-12 National Security Complex will help veteran-owned companies learn how to do business with federal, state and local governments, agencies and other companies, from small businesses to prime federal contractors. The 4th Annual East Tennessee Veterans Business Conference will be held Aug. 3 at Y-12’s New Hope Center in Oak Ridge.

“The procurement process can be confusing for a new business or one that’s just entering the government world,” said Gloria Mencer, Y-12’s socioeconomic program manager. “At the Veterans’ conference, we hope to simplify the process and answer any questions, and let folks know about upcoming procurements and what they need to do to work with us at Y-12 and with our other federal, state and local entities in the region.”

More than 400 attendees from veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, other small businesses, federal agencies and prime contractors are expected to come together at the conference to share best business practices and explore teaming opportunities.

The East Tennessee Veterans Business Conference will be held at Y-12’s New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Registration begins at 7.30 am and the conference ends at 4 pm. Registration is free, but required. Businesses interested in exhibiting are encouraged to sign up early because space is limited.

To sponsor the conference, please contact Gloria Mencer at 865-576-2090 or Paul Middlebrooks at 423-425-5319 by June 30. For more information and to register, please visit

The conference is presented by Y-12 in partnership with the UT Center for Industrial Services, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Wackenhut Security Inc. Oak Ridge, the Small Business Administration (Nashville Office), Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office, Knox County, City of Knoxville, the Smoky Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council. Joining these partnering organizations as sponsors are Energy Solutions and Merrick Construction.

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