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Recap: VIP START October 2017

On October 3-5, 2017 Veteran Institute for Procurement conducted its inaugural VIP START program. The program trains Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) who want to enter or need help to expand their business growth into the federal marketplace.

The October 2017 VIP START session graduated 51 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. Since the program launched in 2016, VIP START has graduated 148 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

 The April VIP Start session featured the following topics:

  • Elements that have to be in place in order to do business with a PRIME or Government
  • Strategic Planning in the Federal Market
  • Accounting / Budgets / Developing Rates Compliance
  • Cyber Security
  • Contracting – Sub-Contracting/ RFP/ RFI
  • Operational Program Controls
  • Financing / Capital Management / Banking
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Insurance
  • Marketing / Business Development / Proposals

The graduation ceremony featured a VIP Graduates that discussed lessons learned:

Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc.

Cesar Nader, President & CEO, X Corp Solutions, Inc.
Bob Pleban, President/CEO, RPI Group Inc.
Tajuddin I. Sabree, President & CEO, SABREE, Inc.
Mike Sanders, CEO, Interactive Government Holdings, Inc.

For the list of VIP instructors, click here.

For pictures from the October 2017 VIP Start session, click here.

The next VIP START session will be held on:  January 16-18, 2018.  The Bolger Hotel and Conference Center in Potomac, Maryland. To apply for the next VIP START session, click here.