Veterans who are ready to transition into new careers after completing their service will be able to attend a first-of-its-kind conference in the Capital Region.
Tully Rinckey PLLC and an alliance including the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership announced details on the upcoming conference aimed at helping veterans transition in the business world. The alliance is meant to aid veterans facing socio-economic hardships, and promote growth through education, entrepreneuship and employment.
The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference is an unprecedented collection of public and private businesses, non-profit and for-profit organizations and government agencies gathering together for the initiative. The conference is set to take place on Oct. 24-25 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
The conference will help veterans with providing support, advice and direction to startups and existing businesses owned by veterans. It will also include many different networking opportunities. The overall goal of the conference is to assist current or future veteran business owners, assist veterans to find employment and provide educational resources for those veterans who are transitioning their lives or careers.
“No group is more worthy of support than our veterans who are transitioning from service,” said Greg Rinckey, Esq., a founding partner with the law firm Tully Rinckey, which is sponsoring and underwriting the event. “Our goal of this conference is to utilize local and national business leaders, non-profit organizations, state and federal government to provide veterans with the tools they need to be successful in their businesses or careers.”
Veterans who attend the conference will be able to take part in hands-on workshops designed specifically for them. Attendees will also be able to participate in numerous informational and networking sessions with businesses, organizations and New York state agency purchasing personnel.
“The Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership prides itself on helping veterans pivot into new career opportunities,” said Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership president Peter Gannon. “Businesses aren’t always sure how to utilize the vast number of skills veterans have. VETCON is an opportunity for veterans who want to start or grow a business and connect them with the companies that will learn there is no more reliable partner in business than a United States veteran.”
The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership was created in 1999 by government, business and educational leaders to assure the long-term sustainability of the Watervliet Arsenal in the regional economy. The non-profit’s objectives include, attracting new businesses to the site, creating an integrated manufacturing and R&D park, creating and retaining jobs, preserving and enhancing the mission of Benet Labs and the Watervliet Arsenal , and lowering site costs to the U.S. Army.
Veterans who decide to attend the conference will also be able to learn information about how to certify a veteran-owned business and obtain federal and state contract set asides, proposal and business and government agencies.
Former Congressman Michael McNulty was in attendance for the Thursday morning news conference at the law firm Tully Rinckey. McNulty said he has always done whatever he could to support veterans.
“Veterans have already given so much to us through their service to this country,” said McNulty, who helped found the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity. “It is now our responsibility to ensure that when they return, they are able to transition back into their civilian lives. VETCON will be an excellent starting point for veterans looking for a new career or business opportunities.”
The conference was created and developed by Tully Rinckey. The firm is working with an alliance that includes the state Office of General Services-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Division, the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity, Service to the Armed Forces Program of the American Red Cross of Eastern New York, Living Resources, SaxBST LLP, University at Albany’s Center for Advancement and Understanding of Social Enterprises, University at Albany’s Division of Research, Direct Impact Associates LLC, Sandler Training, and Gramercy Communications.
Funds that are raised after the cost of the conference has been paid will be donated toward the advancement of veteran’s services.
Registration prior to Aug. 31 is $100 per day. Fees increase to $150 per day starting in September.
For more information, visit www.VetConNy.com or contact Marcy Velte at 218-7100 or info@VetConNY.com.