If you aren’t in an inner circle for veteran-owned business contract opportunities or if you are new to government contracting, chances are you aren’t familiar with some pivotal changes that will affect the certification status of thousands of Service-Disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and the process for new applicants. The oversight responsibility for certification of SDVOSBs is set to rollover January 2023 from the VA to the SBA, and many businesses that are currently certified may need to follow different procedures to validate their veteran status if they do not act now.
In our discussion with Scott Jensen, Executive Director of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC), he highlights the changes and elaborates on what to expect and how to avoid missing out on continued contracts and future award opportunities.

SDVOSB Certification Discussion

About Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen is the Executive Director of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition.

A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business owner and an executive with extensive experience in leadership and management across a 30-plus year career, he is the President of  Alpine Global Solutions and has served as the Chief Operations Officer for Team RWB, Chief  Executive Officer for Protect Our Defenders and as the Assistant Vice President for Leadership  Development Programs at the American Council on Education. Jensen also currently sits on the  National Small Business Association’s leadership council.

His three decades of management, leadership, and cultural experience provide holistic expertise,  understanding, and keen insight into optimizing and growing organizations. With a passion for serving the Veteran and nonprofit communities, he leverages his experience and expertise to support Veteran-focused businesses and organizations, helping them maximize their capabilities through practices that achieve top performance.

He frequently addresses military, civilian, and higher education organizations on an array of topics that include leadership, strong culture, trauma survivor care, and support, and workplace harassment and violence prevention. An author and speaker, he has been featured as an expert in print, radio, and television media including Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, BBC,  NPR, and Headline News.

A retired Marine Corps Colonel and naval aviator, Jensen completed his military service by serving as the Chief of the Marine Corps’ Behavioral Programs at Headquarters Marine Corps where he was responsible for developing and leading a portfolio of programs that included the  Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Suicide Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention and  Response, Community Counseling Services, and Substance Abuse and Drug Demand Reduction  Programs.

As a helicopter pilot, Jensen served in various assignments in operational units, participating in peace-keeping operations in Somalia, noncombatant evacuation operations in Rwanda, Operation  Southern Watch in Kuwait, and multiple combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He commanded at the platoon, Headquarters Squadron, Light Attack Helicopter Detachment,  Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group, and Marine Aircraft Wing  (Forward) levels. Additionally, he served as an instructor and staff officer at The Basic School,  as the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, on the Joint Staff J-8,  and as an Assistant Wing Commander.

Not only is Jensen a proud Veteran himself, he is equally proud to be the son of a U.S. Army  Vietnam Veteran and the father of an active-duty Navy officer.

Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the United States Naval  Academy, a Master of Science degree in Military Studies from Marine Corps University, and a  Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

 

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