Bowman to Keynote 4th Annual Veterans’ Procurement Conference

AMES, Iowa — Retired U.S. Army First Class Sergeant Dana Bowman has dealt with adversity. A member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, Bowman lost both legs in a training accident in 1994. Nine months later, he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. His motto is “it’s not the disability, it’s the ability,” and he’ll be sharing his message of conquering adversity at the 4th Annual Veterans’ Procurement Conference Nov. 30 in Ames.

The conference will provide vital information to assist Iowa businesses in winning government contracts, while educating veteran-owned businesses on issues critical to their success in this market.

“We want to make sure veterans understand the opportunities they have to grow and diversify their businesses with government contracting,” said Julie Fagle, government contracting specialist with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “They’ll be able to connect with government agencies and prime contractors interested in locating well qualified suppliers and subcontractors to add to their team.”

During the full-day conference — located at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames — speakers will share training opportunities, best practices for increasing sales and the resources needed to succeed in government contracting.

Conference session topics include:

  • Current legislative veteran issues
  • Business continuity planning
  • Understanding the dynamics of working with the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Bid and project expectations — understanding what a prime contractor wants
  • Networking with government procurement/purchasing officers and prime contractors

All businesses seeking to increase sales with state and federal government agencies and prime contractors are encouraged to attend, Fagle said.

Register online at or call 515-294-6222. For additional information, please contact Julie Fagle at or 319-310-8612.