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Click SBA logo below to fill out  Vendor Registration FORM

Indianapolis, Indiana November 6 - 8, 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana

November 6, 7 and 8, 2019

If you 'd like to participate, click the SBA logo above to fill out the  Vendor and Volunteer Registration Form

National Veterans Small Business Week 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Wednesday, November 6, 2019       11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • The 10th Annual Career Opportunity Fair Alternative Income Expo and Empowerment Speakers Series, Veterans Appreciation Day 
  • Louie V. Hider AMVETS Post 99, 2840 Lafayette Rd. in the Eagledale Shopping Center

Thursday, November 7, 2019             9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • The 3rd Annual  DAK Foundation Corporate Fundraiser and Awards Gala, 10th Anniversary Celebration for Career Opportunity Fair, DAK Foundation Annual Awards Presentations
  • ​Northside Events and Social Club (formerly Northside Knights of Columbus)
    2100 E. 71st St. Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Entertainment, Special Guests, Continental Breakfast Available
  • Donation for 1 Ticket to event $35, 2 for $50, Table of 12 - $3000.  Available at this PayPal link                    $40 at the door.

Friday, November 8, 2019                    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • National Veterans Small Business Week “Veteran’s Opportunity Symposium” dedicated to uplifting America’s veterans by connecting, educating and empowering service members who are interested in becoming entrepreneur,  apprised of opportunities and resources available to veterans and information on the “gig economy.”
  • Indianapolis Public Library, Downtown Location
  • This is a VETERANS ONLY event.  Reservations required.  Go to www.thedakfoundation.org.


We're accepting veteran and civilian exhibitors for theNovember 6th, Career Opportunity Fair Alternative Income Expo and Empowerment Speakers Series.  Large venue!  Plenty of parking!


This 10-year-old event is designed to highlight entrepreneurs and self-employed small business owners who want to showcase their businesses, gain new customers, expand their downline, promote and sell their products, services, crafts, talent, products and share their and alternative income opportunities.  This year as we partner with the U. S. Small Business Administration during National  Veterans Small Business Week, we are also adding a new opportunity provider category and are accepting vendors who have "GIG Economy" opportunities.  The "GIG Economy" is a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs, an additional means of supplementing personal income

We're currently accepting vendor applications and payments

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Small business owners 
  • ​GIG Economy opportunity providers
  • Event volunteers and helpers are needed to help on the day of the event

If you're interested in being a vendor, go to www.thedakfoundation.org and complete the registration form.   All vendors are being vetted to make sure there are NO duplicate companies i.e. Paparazzi, Mary Kay, etc.   Once vetted, you will be sent a link via email to pay your vendor fees. 

· Regular vendor fee $45, Veterans with Military discount (verified) - $25 
1 table and 2 chairs are provided.  Set up 1 hour before.  Electricity available.   All vendors will receive a FREE ticket to our Gala on Thursday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with special guest RTV6 Jefferson Award Winner Marine Veteran Don Hawkins.  Additional Gala tickets available at our website. 

Advertise your business in our EVENT PROGRAM!

Special Vendor rates for BC ads!

· Regular vendor fee $45 + $10/business card ad in event program = $55

· Veterans with Military discount (verified) - $25 + $10/business card ad in event program = $35.00

Larger ad sizes available in our program.  All inquiries go to Cissi Sherlock. at 317-844-2202 or send email to operationopenup@gmail.com.  Showcase your logo banner just as you see here with an EVENT SPONSORSHIP!  Includes broadcast exposure on WITT 91.9 FM.  Talk to CISSI!

This event is brought to you by the Collaborative Partners of
The DAK Foundation Inc. and The DAK Companies LLC dba DAKCo Resource Marketing Solutions including:

- The Broad Ripple High School Scholarship Foundation
- MACV - Mayor's Advisory Council for Veterans
- VSC - Veterans Support Council
- Visibilitydotdot ~ Your Personal PR Professionals
- Operation OpenUP Community Outreach Services
- With support from WITT 91.9FM