For additional information regarding this event, contact Dave Olson at 608-338-8018 or Sam Sullivan at 414-270-3600.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required, and the registration fee does not include transportation or lodging.

Registration extended! Due to the security requirements of the base, registration will CLOSE on Friday, June 23.

CLICK HERE for Registration Information

Questions? Click here to contact Dave Olson for further information.


The 11th Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference will take place at the

Volk Field Air National Guard Base
100 Independence Drive, Building 475
Camp Douglas, WI 54618

Please click here for directions!

11th Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference

The future of Things in the Government, Industry and Economy

Thank you for attending the 11th Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Congratulations to this year’s competition winners!

Volk Field Small Business Capabilities Statement Contest (Click on the business name to view their capabilities statement)

1st place – Spann & Associates, Germantown, WI
2nd place – American United Taxicab Co. Inc., Milwaukee, WI
3rd Place – Quest Dehumidifiers, Madison, WI 

Volk Field Small Business Elevator Pitch Contest (Click on the business name to view their website)

1st place –  Power Test, Inc., Sussex, WI
2nd place – Easier Living Consultants, Camp Douglas, WI 
3rd place – Storage Systems Midwest, Waukesha, WI

Pictured from left to right: Robert Hayward – Easier Living Consultants, Ryan Homan – Storage Systems Midwest, Daniel Jens – Power Test, Inc., Jonathon, Liegeois – American United Taxicab Co., Inc. (not pictured: Bruce Spann – Spann & Associates & Walter Waetjen III – Quest Dehumidifiers)

Featured Speakers

  • Colonel David W. May, Volk Field Air National Guard Base
  • Eric Ness, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin District
  • Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Terry Whipple, Executive Director, Juneau County Economic Development Corporation
  • Jeff Mayers, President,
  • Dane Deutsch, President and CEO, DCS Netlink
  • Bob Martin, Regional Manager, Michels Corporation
  • Robert “Bob” Oliver, Operational Excellence & Growth Adviser, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center
  • Ron Hagemann, Chief Executive Officer, New Composite Partners
  • Danielle Jones, Sector Development Manager, WEDC
  • Brad Pfaff, Deputy Director of Staff, Office of Congressman Ron Kind
  • Dan Schoepke,Business Performance Metrics Manager, Alliant Energy
  • Katherine Klausing, Project Manager, RENEW Wisconsin
  • Aina Vilumsons, Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

Participating Agencies and Prime Contractors

  • Volk Field Air National Guard Base
  • Wisconsin Army National Guard
  • Fort McCoy
  • General Services Administration (GSA) – Great Lakes Region
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Chicago & St. Paul Districts
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs – Division of Emergency Management
  • Fastenal
  • Kayiah Services
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Mathy Construction
  • Michels Corporation
  • Oshkosh Defense
  • WPS Health Solutions

This has been a year of many changes – change creates opportunity. Every day we hear in the news about the threats, obstacles and challenges facing small businesses. As you plan the future of your business or organization, your strategic plan cannot just be based on what has happened in the past, but must include planning in a world of rapid change.

CLICK HERE to view a recent press release.

Day ONE will focus on INDUSTRY and the ECONOMY.  Topics will include the future of Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Cyber Security, Impact of Changing Demographics, Small Business, our State’s Military Bases and more.  The day will end with an on-base reception for all attendees. Day ONE features special guest speaker Jeff Mayers, President,

DAY TWO of this conference will focus on Government and Prime contractor market opportunities.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from successful contractors and have the opportunity to meet with Government and Prime representatives.

If during registration, you indicated that you would be interested in participating in the Volk Field Small Business Conference Capabilities Statement Competition, please make sure you forward your document to no later than Friday June 23.  If you would like to participate, but did not indicate in your registration that you would be participating, please contact Patty regarding submission.


The Volk Field Small Business Conference has drawn over 2,000 attendees across the region in the past 10 years. Businesses interested in contracting with federal, state, tribal and local governments should attend. There will be a range of presentations, panels and meetings with agency and prime contractor representatives for small and large businesses who would like to start or increase their government & commercial sales!

This conference will focus on ISSUES that will IMPACT your business direction, operations, strategy, markets, and SUCCESS.  You will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with regional experts, leaders of the community, potential customers, and potential partners.  And keeping with tradition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with State and Federal agency as well as Corporate representatives. This is a MUST ATTEND.

Attendees at the 2016 Volk Field Small Business Conference
Attendees at the 2016 Volk Field Small Business Conference participate in the roundtable sessions

“I have been attending the Volk Field Small Business Event for Several Years. This event helps me keep up to date on all the latest changes happening in our Government and the world of contracting,.  My main reason that I attend is all the great business relationships I have developed over the years; both as clients and suppliers.  The venue is perfect for beginning companies just getting into the market and seasoned contractors.  If you are going to attend only one event this year, I would highly recommend this event.”

– William (Bill) Capelle, Managing Partner, American Pride Industrial Equipment & Services LLC

“I’ve been attending the Volk Field Small Business Conference for the past several years to present information, host a table to provide an explanation of the types of requirements we have at Fort McCoy and sat on panels to field questions from vendors.  One of the greatest things about the conference is that it provides the organization I work for, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort McCoy, WI, a venue to get our requirements out to a large number of businesses in one place.  We’ve increased the number of businesses we get to consider our requirements and experienced increased competition through getting our information out at this event.  This event is truly invaluable to the success of our mission to contract for Soldiers.”

– Tony Steinhoff, Deputy Director/Chief, Customer Support Division, MICC Fort McCoy

“The Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference provides businesses an organized atmosphere to gain exposure and insight into what big businesses look for when seeking new relationships.  The 1-on-1 meetings are perfect for product/service reviews and allow ample time to provide business plan feedback and suggestion.”

– Melissa Puchalla, Fastenal Company, Director of Supply Chain Compliance