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Looking for mentorship in growing an SDVOSB


James Vika Arnold, MD

I recently started an SDVOSB in Maryland as a single-member LLC. Since starting the company, I've registered in SAM and have completed the VA's CVE certification process. With those two steps in the rearview (for now) I've moved into sourcing and bidding on various SDV set-asides. However, as many of you already know, it is never as simple as find a good solicitation and bid.

With that said, I was hoping to find a mentor from someone who has been in this seat as an owner of a small govcon business or someone who understands the intracacies of growing a government contracting business.

Thank you in advance!


26 April 2022 4 replies General



Tim Lewis Longwood, FL


Send me a direct message or send something to, I can help by pointing you in the right direction. Specifically, I can link you up with someone who helps vets break the corporate contracting barriers by ensuring the business (supplier) meets the Fortune 5000 business' need and requiring.

I hope this helps.




Robin Hicks Naperville, IL

Hello James,
You may want to consider reaching out to the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). Not only can they help make connections, they are the certifying body in the US for beingCertified Veteran’s Business Enterprise™. They partner with other US certifying bodies (e.g. for minorities, women, etc), in order to maximize the economic opportunity for all certified businesses. Good luck. Robin. (


Gary Rossi Napa, CA

Have you networked with others that have been around the block with the same endeavor - use linkedIn and search them out and as for their guidance - you can use my network as well -


Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

I've added links to information & videos under these sections of my EE webpage that might be useful:

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