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  • 16 Apr 2020 09:47 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)


    OPPS4VETS is pleased to announce that KNC Strategic Services of Oceanside, CA has been awarded the prestigious Skin in the Game Award, 2nd Award.

    By receiving this award, KNC Strategic Services joins the rank of 68 Veteran Owned Businesses and Government Entity recipients.  The “Skin in the Game” Award recognizes both Veteran Owned Businesses and Champions of Veteran Owned Businesses that give top priority to veterans and supporting their causes.

    OPPS4VETS is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of Veteran Owned Businesses. Membership is limited to Businesses who are verified to be Veteran Owned Businesses.   The organization was founded in 2008 and there are 1,675 members located throughout the country.  OPPS4VETS membership acknowledges excellence in products and services, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral, job opportunities, and information exchange.

    OPPS4VETS is owned and operated by Albert R. Renteria, a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Renteria created Opps4Vets after seeing a need for a true veteran organization dedicated to providing real results for those who have served. 


    About KNC Strategic Services

    KNC Strategic Services provides Cybersecurity Professional Services and is an IT Value Added Reseller. We provide creative, innovative, and productive services. Our company provides these services to local, state, and federal government agencies, educational institutions, utility companies, and government contractors. We were formed by a management team with extensive experience from the US Military to Wall Street. Two of our founders are Service-Disabled Veterans of the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fi!


     DIFFERENTIATORS

    • We are supported by our Board of Advisors that includes retired 4-Star General Wesley Clark

    • We have a veteran’s first hiring policy, particularly disabled veterans

    • We are donating 10% of our profits to directly support military and veteran families in need

    • We have launched a 501(c)(3) non-profit for training transitioning military in Cybersecurity through a formal apprenticeship program

    About OPPS4VETS.com

    nullConnecting Veteran Businesses with communities to Learn more about America's #1 Choice, Securing opportunities and Creating Jobs. Opps4vets is a registered Trademark of The ARRC®. 

    OPPS 4 VETS was created due to the need of a true Veteran organization that provides real results for the Veteran and civilian population.  Our tagline, “Handshakes, Not Handouts” is aimed at non-profit organizations that put an emphasis on a ‘wounded warrior’ when in reality, all Veterans are better trained to survive in any situation, even in the economic jungle.  By providing resources, matchmaking, training and marketing tools to our Veterans and civilian counterparts, we are geared to make a difference. I know, i have done just that and if you learn anything about a warrant officer, we are all trained to deliver.

    About The ARRC®

    nullThe ARRC® is a solution provider based in Perris, California that serves clients in over 100 industries. The ARRC® provides a wide spectrum of services from Information Technology to Business Management.  The ARRC® believes in the concept of being Strategically Driven, Logistically Minded® to provide effective solutions for business of all sizes.  The ARRC® follows the dictum of Assess, Review, Resolve in every aspect of business. At The ARRC®, we make it our point to properly assess all of our clients needs before providing our proposed solutions. 

    With over 35 years of experience with government and commercial systems, The ARRC® specializes in the implementation of automated fully-featured systems to lower your cost of operation and increase your profits.

  • 10 Apr 2020 11:45 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    Although the Opps4Vets 9th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit was postponed this year due to coronavirus, AmeriVet Securities, Inc., was honored by receiving the Opps4Vets prestigious “Skin in the Game” Award for 2020. 

    By receiving this award, AmeriVet becomes the first Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) FINRA member to earn this award, thus living up to its motto, “AmeriVet leads the way!” 

    The “Skin in the Game” Award recognizes SDOVBs that give top priority to helping veterans and supporting their causes.

    “Our ‘Skin in the Game’ Award is among the 20-plus awards our company has received since its inception in 1994 and it is one of the awards we are most proud of.” said Elton Johnson, Jr., AmeriVet’s CEO.  

    Opps4Vets is owned and operated by Albert R. Renteria, a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Renteria created Opps4Vets after seeing a need for a true veteran organization dedicated to providing real results for those who have served. 

    The organization provides resources, matchmaking, training and marketing tools to veterans, with the goal of increasing their chances for success in the civilian workspace. 

    About opps4vets.com

    Connecting Veteran Businesses with communities to Learn more about America's #1 Choice, Securing opportunities and Creating Jobs. Opps4vets is a registered Trademark of The ARRC.

    About The ARRC

    The ARRC® is a solution provider based in Perris, California that serves clients in over 100 industries. The ARRC® provides a wide spectrum of services from Information Technology to Business Management.  The ARRC® believes in the concept of being Strategically Driven, Logistically Minded® to provide effective solutions for business of all sizes.  The ARRC® follows the dictum of Assess, Review, Resolve in every aspect of business. At The ARRC®, we make it our point to properly assess all of our clients needs before providing our proposed solutions. 

    With over 35 years of experience with government and commercial systems, The ARRC® specializes in the implementation of automated fully-featured systems to lower your cost of operation and increase your profits.

    About AmeriVet Securities

    AmeriVet provides fixed income sales, trading, and distribution capabilities through our experienced sales and trading team.

    • Working closely with major syndicate banks
    • Secondary agency trading
    • Target Tier II and III asset managers
    • Structure, timing, and pricing guidance
    • Real-time market color
    • Broad spectrum of fixed income asset classes which include corporates, CLO, CMBS, ABS, agency securities, and municipal securities.
    • Fixed and floating instruments
    • Short-, medium-, and long-term debt
    • Taxable and tax-exempt debt
    • Senior, subordinated, convertible, and preferred debt
    • Secured and unsecured debt

  • 31 Mar 2020 08:42 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    SBA Logo

    We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

    If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

    Also, we encourage you to subscribe to our email updates via www.SBA.gov/Updates and follow us on Twitter at @SBAgov for the latest news on available SBA resources and services. If you need additional assistance, you can find your local SBA office and resource partners at www.SBA.gov/LocalAssistance. If you have questions, you may also call 1-800-659-2955.


  • 24 Mar 2020 14:47 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    Verification Assistance Brief

    Created October 2019 – Page 1

    Determining Veteran Status

    Issue:

    This brief explains who the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) considers a Veteran for the purposes of the Veterans First Contracting Program.

    The Regulations:

    13 CFR § 125.11 provides:

    Veteran has the meaning given the term in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). A Reservist or member of the National Guard called to Federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or while in training status also qualify as a veteran.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(2) provides:

    The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(21) provides:

    The term “active duty” means—

    (A) full-time duty in the Armed Forces, other than active duty for training;

    (B) full-time duty (other than for training purposes) as a commissioned officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service (i) on or after July 29, 1945, or (ii) before that date under circumstances affording entitlement to “full military benefits” or (iii) at any time, for the purposes of chapter 13 of this title;

    (C) full-time duty as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its predecessor organization the Coast and Geodetic Survey (i) on or after July 29, 1945, or (ii) before that date (I) while on transfer to one of the Armed Forces, or (II) while, in time of war or national emergency declared by the President, assigned to duty on a project for one of the Armed Forces in an area determined by the Secretary of Defense to be of immediate military hazard, or (III) in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941, and continuously in such islands thereafter, or (iii) at any time, for the purposes of chapter 13 of this title;

    (D) service as a cadet at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, or as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; and

    (E) authorized travel to or from such duty or service.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(10) provides:

    The term “Armed Forces” means the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(22) provides:

    The term “active duty for training” means—

    (A) full-time duty in the Armed Forces performed by Reserves for training purposes;

    (B) full-time duty for training purposes performed as a commissioned officer of the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service (i) on or after July 29, 1945, or (ii) before that date under circumstances affording entitlement to “full military benefits”, or (iii) at any time, for the purposes of chapter 13 of this title;

    Created October 2019 – Page 2

    (C) in the case of members of the Army National Guard or Air National Guard of any State, full-time duty under section 316 , 502 , 503 , 504 , or 505 of title 32 , or the prior corresponding provisions of law;

    (D) duty performed by a member of a Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program when ordered to such duty for the purpose of training or a practice cruise under chapter 103 of title 10 for a period of not less than four weeks and which must be completed by the member before the member is commissioned; and

    (E) authorized travel to or from such duty.

    The term does not include duty performed as a temporary member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(24) provides:

    The term “active military, naval, or air service” includes—

    (A) active duty;

    (B) any period of active duty for training during which the individual concerned was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty; and

    (C) any period of inactive duty training during which the individual concerned was disabled or died—

    (i) from an injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty; or

    (ii) from an acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac arrest, or a cerebrovascular accident occurring during such training.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(26) provides:

    The term “Reserve” means a member of a reserve component of one of the Armed Forces.

    38 U.S.C. § 101(27) provides:

    The term “reserve component” means, with respect to the Armed Forces—

    (A) the Army Reserve;

    (B) the Navy Reserve;

    (C) the Marine Corps Reserve;

    (D) the Air Force Reserve;

    (E) the Coast Guard Reserve;

    (F) the Army National Guard of the United States; and

    (G) the Air National Guard of the United States.

    What This Means:

    To be eligible for the Veterans First Contracting Program, persons, owning at least 51% of the business must be Veterans.

    An individual must have served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard or a reserve component thereof.

    An individual may also be eligible if he or she was on full-time duty as a commissioned officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service or on full-time duty as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its predecessor organization the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

    Service can be for any length of time but must be more than just for training.

    The regulation requires that the individual applying for Veteran’s status has been discharged or released from the military under other than a dishonorable status.

    Created October 2019 – Page 3

    NOTE: There is a separate designation found in the Beneficiary Identification and Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) called “DVA” for “Dishonorable for VA Purposes.” While the word dishonorable is used in the definition, it does not refer to a discharge from military service. Consequently, an individual would not be disqualified as a Veteran on the basis of a DVA designation.

    To verify Veteran status, CVE generally requests the applicant to provide official documentation from the military such as an individual’s DD-214 form. A letter of explanation will not satisfy this requirement.

    Helpful Hints:

    • Net Federal Active Service: If the time reflected on the DD-214 is less than basic training (approximately 8 weeks), then the individual may need to provide additional documentation showing that the net service time was for other than training.
    • A person without active duty time who was injured during training may still qualify as a Veteran.
    • If a member of the National Guard or Reservist unit was activated for training but was not called to Federal active duty, that person will not qualify unless he or she was disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
    • If a call to active duty was issued by Executive Order of the President but actual activation occurred by order of a state governor as opposed to the President, (i.e., attending to riots, call for hurricane disaster relief aid, etc.), that is considered State active duty, not Federal active duty, and therefore would not qualify.

    FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY This information has been provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) for general informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. In addition, VA OSDBU makes no representation as to whether the information above is accurate or current. All applicants and participants must read the applicable regulations and determine how best to meet these requirements. This Verification Assistance Brief does not constitute legal notice or replace governing regulations. For more information about VA Small and Veteran Business Programs, visit http://www.va.gov/osdbu.

    VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization 1–866–584–2344

    Monday–Friday | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern) Status Update:

    verificationfollowup@va.gov

    Profile Questions: vip@va.gov


  • 21 Mar 2020 14:55 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    AGENCY:

    U.S. Small Business Administration.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This rule is proposing to expand access for certain small business concerns in varying circumstances to the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program in accordance with the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015 (RISE Act), the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, and the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA). The statutes provide that small businesses in disaster areas, veteran-owned small businesses, and small business concerns located in Puerto Rico, respectively, should be considered for surplus personal property distributions. SBA, in coordination with GSA, is proposing certain procedures for determining which firms may participate in GSA's existing surplus personal property Program, and under what conditions.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before March 23, 2020.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3245-AH18 by any of the following methods:

    •  Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    • For Mail, Paper, Disk, or CD/ROM Submissions: Brenda Fernandez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison, 409 Third Street SW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20416.
    • Hand Delivery/Courier: Brenda Fernandez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison, 409 Third Street SW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20416.

    SBA will post all comments on www.regulations.gov. If you wish to submit confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the User Notice at www.regulations.gov, please submit the information to Brenda Fernandez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison, 409 Third Street SW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20416, or send an email to brenda.fernandez@sba.gov. Highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe SBA should hold this information as confidential. SBA will review the information and make the final determination on whether it will publish the information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brenda Fernandez, Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison, 409 Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20416; (202) 205-7337; brenda.fernandez@sba.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Click this link FEDERAL REGISTER to read details. This is a great opportunity for Veteran Owned Businesses. Semper Fi, Al

  • 31 Jan 2020 13:18 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    Veterans Health Identification Card

    As with any major initiative rollout across five military services across hundreds of installations, granting access to millions of new eligible users is challenging. This is especially true for the thousands of front-line access control and service providers who are getting acquainted with the new access guidelines and authorized credentials. Do it over a holiday when manning and procedures differ from daily operations, and it invites some opportunities for inconsistency. Throw in a global military situation that puts all U.S. military installations on heightened alert, to further affect access guidelines and procedures?

    Welcome to the first few weeks of implementation of Section 1065 of Title 10, United States Code.

    The military services appreciate your patience and understanding as they work through the challenges they have encountered so far.

    DoD and the military services are working out the bugs and refining communications to continue to welcome newly eligible categories of Veterans and caregivers to commissary, exchange, and authorized MWR facilities.

    DoD has provided basic information regarding expanded access through the recently updated fact sheet at http://www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access. This fact sheet is not DoD policy, but it does attempt to provide the most accurate known information based on DoD policy. As implementation continues and snags are identified, DoD continues to update and refine the fact sheet content, so check back frequently (and make sure you refresh your browser to access the most current version).

    The following are what you have said are the issues you’ve experienced. We’ve provided information to help you manage expectations:

    INSTALLATION ACCESS

    • Firearms. Leave your firearms and any other weapons at home. Firearms are not permitted on military service installations. If you travel with them, you will need to find somewhere secure to store them in accordance with applicable laws and regulations before you get to the installation. Introducing a firearm onto a federal reservation is a serious offense.
    • Vehicle operation. Some installations have local traffic enforcement regulations that require visitors to provide proof of vehicle registration and insurance, along with a valid motor vehicle operator license if they are driving onboard the installation. Newly eligible Veterans and caregivers who do not have access to installations through another authorized affiliation, such as DoD civilian or contractor employment, should be prepared to provide the required traffic enforcement documentation at the visitor control center when you initially stop for access vetting. The documents you may be asked to produce may include a state-issued driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
    • Varying access procedures between installations. While all installations must comply with overarching DoD installation access policy, each military department has the authority to apply additional or unique policies depending on the security factors related to the service or the installation. If you are denied access, or if access control personnel tell you something other than what is contained in the most current version of the expanded access fact sheet, please comply with their direction. As disappointing as it may be for you, these personnel are doing as they have been trained and must act to protect the assets and mission of the installation. They are following orders and procedure, so an individual outside of their chain of command telling them to change what they’ve been trained or directed to do is not an option. Note that threat conditions may affect access by otherwise authorized individuals.
    • Scanner won’t read Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). DoD has learned that some of the eligible VHICs issued by VA (displays PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW, or SERVICE CONNECTED) cannot be read by DoD scanners because the barcode is missing some required data. If you’ve got one of these VHICs, expect installation access personnel to deny your access; please accept that this is an unfortunate circumstance. If the installation allows presentation of another credential to prove identity and will still accept the VHIC as proof of purpose for that visit, you may be authorized access if you have another acceptable credential to present, like a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or a U.S. passport. Not every installation is guaranteed to offer this single access exception. A VHIC that does not scan is not enrollable for recurring access, so Veterans who possess them will have to stop at the visitor control center each time they visit an installation and may not be permitted installation access every time. Installation access personnel cannot bend the rules for you, they are following procedure and their job is to protect installation assets and the mission. If you’ve got one of these VHICs that DoD is not able to scan, please take your card to a VA medical center to correct the issue by requesting a new one from the Enrollment and Eligibility Office.  A new card will be mailed to you in about two weeks.
    • VHIC versions. There seems to be some confusion about the different versions of VHICs and which are acceptable. The oldest version of the VHIC has a vertical barcode along the short right side of the card and is not acceptable for installation access. There are two versions of the current VHIC that feature the barcode horizontally along the bottom of the card, both of which are acceptable for installation access as long as the card also displays PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW, or SERVICE CONNECTED below the photo. The barcode on the current versions of the VHIC must be readable by installation access scanners in order to validate identity and purpose for the Veteran’s visit to the installation. If the card cannot be read by installation access scanners, there is no way to validate that the card is not fraudulent, so if you’ve got an unscannable card, it’s best to get it corrected through a VA medical center. You’d be surprised how many people try to fraudulently access installations, so installation access personnel are always on high alert for things that seem out of the ordinary. You may request a new VHIC from the Enrollment and Eligibility Office. A new card will be mailed to you in about two weeks.

    ACCOMPANYING VISITORS (BECAUSE “GUEST” MEANS SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN MILITARY SECURITY-SPEAK)

    It’s probably best to call ahead to find out the local policy for visitors accompanying Veterans or caregivers who are eligible for access under Section 1065.

    • Installations. The information DoD published about accompanying visitors was the general DoD-level policy, but it only applied to authorized VHIC holders. DoD apologizes for not making that clear from the beginning. In general, newly eligible Veterans with an eligible VHIC cannot escort or vouch for accompanying visitors that cannot establish their own identity and fitness for installation access. Once the accompanying visitor completes the required checks at the visitor control center, they can accompany the eligible Veteran onto the installation and they can enroll their credential, just as the eligible Veteran, to facilitate future visits with the eligible Veteran. Please understand that while this is the DoD-level policy, conditions vary from installation to installation and visitor access may be restricted as a result. It is best to contact the installation ahead of your visit to find out if accompanying visitors will be authorized. Unfortunately, DoD policy does not currently authorize other individuals authorized to access DoD installations with other-than DoD-issued credentials to bring accompanying visitors.  DoD is actively pursuing a policy change that will allow newly-eligible Veterans with a VA Health Eligibility Center Form H623A or Primary Family Caregivers with an eligibility letter from the VA Office of Community Care to also bring visitors who can establish identity and fitness to enter the installation.
    • Retail Facilities. The information DoD published about guests is the DoD-level policy. The military departments and installation commanders have the authority to apply more restrictive policy than the DoD-level policy. If a retail organization’s guest policy restricts guest access, then the restricted access policy applies. For example, only authorized shoppers are allowed into the commissary store at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Not allowing guests into the store here is the same for all authorized shoppers. Newly eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers are not being singled out.

    CREDENTIALS WHEN INDIVIDUALS HAVE BOTH AN AUTHORIZED VA AND DOD AFFILIATION

    • Uniformed services retirees, Medal of Honor recipients, Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings, or Veterans with 100% unemployability due to a service-connected conditions. If you are a newly eligible Veteran or Primary Family Caregiver and also have eligibility through one of these DoD affiliations, you should obtain and use the DoD identification card for installation and privilege access. This affiliation also makes you eligible for broader DoD benefits that the VA affiliation does not.
    • Other individuals with DoD-issued credentials. If you are a newly eligible Veteran or Primary Family Caregiver and also have a DoD-issued credential, you can use the DoD-issued credential for access to whatever you are entitled to access through your DoD affiliation. For example, a DoD civilian employee assigned to an installation on a transportation agreement in a U.S. territory or possession is authorized installation, commissary, exchange, and MWR access with their DoD-issued credential, so they should use the DoD-issued credential for access, even if they have an authorized VA-issued credential through their authorized VA affiliation. However, a DoD civilian employee assigned in the United States may use their DoD-issued credential for installation and MWR access, but they will have to use the authorized VA-issued credential to shop the commissary and exchange because a DoD-issued civilian employee credential is not valid for commissary or exchange access in the United States.

    ONLINE ACCESS

    Access to the online exchanges was minimally affected by expanded patronage, because newly eligible Veterans already have had access since Nov. 11, 2017, through the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit.

    • AmericanForcesTravel.com. Because American Forces Travel was a new privilege as of Jan. 1, 2020, authentication data for all newly eligible users had to be coded and pushed to the authenticating agency. That data transfer did not go as smoothly or as quickly as expected due to hundreds of thousands of records with incomplete coding data. Progress is being made daily to correct these records, but it takes time. Your patience and understanding is appreciated while the records are being corrected. There is no way to contact individual users when their records are corrected, so you’ll just need to continue to access the site.  If you are still getting denied access, refresh your browser. If that doesn’t work, give it a few more days and try again.
    • Commissaries.com. The same coding and data transfer issues affected the commissary website. Again, please refresh your browser if you are still not able to create an account and if that doesn’t work, please try again in a few days. Accessing commissaries.com will allow you to see the sales flyers with pricing. Of course, online authentication issues does not prevent you from accessing the commissary in person, provided you bring all of the necessary documentation for accessing the installation and facility, so swing on by and check out the deals first hand.
    • My.Commissaries.com. If you’re trying to set up an account at My.Commissaries.com to manage your rewards card, download coupons, or order from a Click2Go-enabled store, you’ll have to wait until early spring. This portal requires additional programming to interface with the online authentication and couldn’t begin until the user coding was completed.  You’ll know when it is ready for you when they remove the message that explains it is not currently available to you from the login screen.
    • Recreation and other lodging reservation systems. While not all of the military service lodging programs have updated their online reservation systems yet, Navy Lodge has. Newly eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers can book at https://www.navy-lodge.com.

    PRIVILEGE ACCESS

    • Clarification of “on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay. Section 1065 provides commissary, exchange, and MWR retail facility access on the same basis as the members of the armed forces who are entitled to retired and retainer pay, but it does not authorize access to installations on the same basis, access for family members on the same basis, or access to any other facilities or services on installations on the same basis. To facilitate access to the authorized facilities on installations, DoD had to prescribe procedures for installation access, to include identifying the acceptable VA-issued credentials for individuals in these new categories of authorized Veterans and caregivers. DoD has also authorized access to temporary duty and permanent change of station lodging facilities on a space available basis, which is in addition to the access prescribed in Section 1065. While family members are not given access in their own right, DoD has clarified that the newly eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers may have visitors accompany them onto installations and into facilities (subject to the limitations mentioned earlier). DoD has also been very clear that this access in overseas foreign countries is subject to applicable host-nation laws and applicable international agreements, like status of forces agreements. Neither the DoD nor the U.S. Government has the authority to unilaterally change these laws or agreements.
    • Installation commander authority to restrict access. Installation commanders have the authority to restrict access when they determine it is in the best interest of the installation and the mission. That includes access to specific facilities, certain hours of operation, or limits on quantities of products. They can also revoke access when abuse and unauthorized activity is discovered, such as making purchases for other-than personal use.
    • Alcohol and tobacco products. Yes, newly eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers are authorized to purchase alcohol and tobacco products.
    • List of recreation lodging and RV/campground locations. DoD is in the process of compiling and updating such consolidated lists and expects them to be available in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, find the current list of Marine Corps recreational lodging locations at https://www.usmc-mccs.org/services/lodging/recreation-lodging/
    • Special interest clubs. If operated as revenue-generating MWR activities, then newly eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers should be allowed access to special interest clubs like flying clubs, rod and gun clubs, riding stables, etc. If you try to access a special interest club and are turned away, it’s probably a private club, not an MWR activity.


  • 08 Nov 2019 12:06 | OPPS4VETS (Administrator)

    OPPS4VETS is proud to be a featured Veteran Business in CA.gov's recent newsletter.

    The article highlights OPPS4VETS founder, Albert Renteria, and the work he does for Veterans around the country.

    To read the Newsletter in its entirety, click here:
    https://opps4vets.com/resources/Documents/Special%20Veteran%20Newsletter%20.pdf

    To read our specific story, view the images below:


  • 20 Jun 2019 22:12 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    DGS is the business manager for the state of California, providing procurement and business solutions for state agencies, local agencies, resource partners and external customers. Each year, the state purchases 8 to 10 billion dollars’ worth of goods, information technology, construction projects and professional services. As the business manager for the state, DGS oversees much of this acquisition activity through its regulations, policies and programs.

    Getting certified with DGS increases business opportunities

    DGS encourages small businesses and businesses owned and operated by disabled veterans to register and become certified to do business with the state. The Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certification programs provide these groups with bidding preference and contracting opportunities. State departments are required to contract 25 percent of their annual spending with certified SBs and 3 percent with certified DVBEs. Getting certified helps SBs and DVBEs compete for state contracts on a more level playing field with larger firms, promoting competition and supporting California’s entrepreneur and veteran communities.

    In January 2019, a new SB certification – Small Business for the Purpose of Public Works (SB-PW) – took effect for state public works contracts and projects, supplementing the existing SB certification. The new SB-PW certification expands opportunities to participate in public works projects as a certified small business to firms that are relatively small in the public works arena, but are larger than allowed by the SB certification limits. Under the new SB-PW certification, firms with average gross annual revenues of $15 million to $36 million, or with 100-200 employees, can receive certification as a Small Business for the purpose of public works contracts.

    State certification also opens doors to doing business with cities, counties and organizations that have programs requiring them to award some percentage of their business, or give preference, to state-certified SBs and DVBEs. A list of the state’s reciprocity partners can be found at https://www.dgs.ca.gov/PD-Reciprocity. For more information about doing business with the state and its certification programs, visit https://caleprocure.ca.gov.

    DGS Outreach team champions SB and DVBE businesses

    The DGS Outreach team serves the SB and DVBE communities by assisting businesses with certification and access to procurement opportunities through outreach and training. The Outreach team works with diverse groups of business organizations and attends outreach events, participates in interactive panels, exhibits at events, provides workshops on certification and doing business with the state, and provides one-on-one advice to assist suppliers with the state’s procurement process. The mission of DGS’ Outreach team is to help SBs and DVBEs thrive through expanded business opportunities in California.

    To find upcoming Outreach events, visit https://www.dgs.ca.gov/PD/Events

    To find additional resources on doing business with the state of California, visit

    https://www.dgs.ca.gov/PD/Resources/Page-Content/Procurement-Division-Resources-List-Folder/How-to-do-business-with-the-state-of-California

    DGS Outreach employee spotlight

    DGS Outreach Program Manager Danetta Jackson has worked to champion the SB/DVBE Outreach program for 10 years. She is proud of the growth of the program in that time thanks to executive leadership support within DGS, as well as the diverse talent of her team. She leads the Outreach program with a focus on educating small, disabled veteran and underrepresented businesses to ensure they understand and are able to navigate the state's procurement system. In addition, her office provides training to state departments on contracting best practices to assist them in meeting their contracting participation goals. Danetta is responsible for forging strategic collaborations with small business organizations and agencies at the private, local, state and federal levels.

    For additional information about doing business with the state, contact the DGS Outreach Team at Advocate@dgs.ca.gov.

  • 01 Mar 2019 13:01 | OPPS4VETS (Administrator)


    During our 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit, we enjoyed connecting and learning from each other.

    The vendors and buyers prospered from this connection and we look forward to sharing with you the results at our 9th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit, set for April 1, 2020 at Moreno Valley, CA.

    We launched our inaugural SKIN IN THE GAME award acknowledging the Champions of Veteran Entrepreneurship as legislated by Public Law 106-50, on August 17, 1999. 

    I want to share with you those we also acknowledged that are Veteran Owned Businesses and verified with the VA, requiring the Veteran owner to be in control and ownership more than 51%, we recognized 20 firms for having SKIN IN THE GAME. Do visit www.opps4vets.com/suppliers to see nearly 1,600 Veteran businesses from across the nation that represents America's #1 Choice to buy from. If you are not listed, visit www.opps4vets.com/Veteran and register to be part of our growing community. No cost with tons of benefits to be a successful Veteran Owned Business, you have SKIN IN THE GAME!

    Want to be recognized as a SKIN IN THE GAME Champion at our next summit? Email me, let's make it so! Semper Fi, Al

    P.S. Our plague and print vendors are an opps4vets member, CAY Industries profile link is https://opps4vets.com/Sys/PublicProfile/48551601/3960311 and HB Lase Art LLC profile link is https://opps4vets.com/Sys/PublicProfile/34375466/3960311. Both awardees of our SKIN IN THE GAME award, we buy from each other and promote each other, we are a band of Veteran Owned Businesses!

    SKIN IN THE GAME

    CHAMPIONS OF VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDEES

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     Jill Andrews

     Virginia Wilson

     City of Moreno Valley CA

     DGS

     Earl Security

     Judith Burnett

     Veteran Launch

     Metro Water District

    SKIN IN THE GAME

    VETERAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARDEES

     KNC Strategies

     Trendway

     SDVOSB Materials Technology & Supply LLC

     

     Anthem Trade Group

     CGS Inc

     Cloud Pathfinder Consulting

     Solar Energy Fields Inc

     A-1 Quality Logistical Soluti

     Black Box Safety

     SOCAL Amusements

     

     

     IT Security Consulting

     Regnum Mentis Designs

     A&D Design Electronics LLC

     HB Laser Art

     Maslyn Electric

     TheARRC.com

     Intigra IT Solutions


  • 20 Feb 2019 12:42 | OPPS4VETS (Administrator)

    Free Registration is open for the Veteran and Small Business Summit. February 26th in Riverside, California.


    Register now for FREE.

    OPPS4VETS is Proud to Welcome you to the 8th Annual Veteran & Small Business Summit.

    Register now for FREE.


    OPPS4VETS is Proud to Welcome you to the 8th Annual Veteran & Small Business Summit.

    Register now for FREE.

    Location: Conference and Recreation Center (CRC)

    Date Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Time A full day of Business Engagement
    Location 14075 Frederick St., Moreno Valley, CA 92553



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Companies are actively seeking out Veteran Owned Businesses and Skilled Veterans for potential employment.  We will use your information to match you with opportunity.