Veteran Institute for Procurement Conducts Inaugural VIP START Session

Date: 
April 6, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: April 6, 2016
Contacts:
Valerie Bloom, vbloom@mcccmd.com, 301-738-0015 x210
Michelle Guzman, mguzman@mcccmd.com, 301-738-0015 x229

Veteran Institute for Procurement Conducts Inaugural VIP START Session

Rockville, MD — The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) is pleased to announce VIP START, the newest program in the National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP). The VIP START program is designed for 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.

“Government contracting is highly regulated and very competitive, therefore, it can be difficult to enter this market,” said Barbara Ashe, President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. “The VIP START program offers market-based instruction and will provide veteran small business owners with the knowledge and resources needed to be successful. The Foundation is proud to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to Arm MORE Vets to Win.”

The VIP START program is supported through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which also supports the VIP GROW program (formerly VIP). “VIP START is a great addition to the VIP Core program,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development Office. “SBA is proud to partner with the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation and to continue providing veteran small business owners the necessary business development skills to succeed in the federal procurement arena.”

“The original VIP program has provided valuable business development skills to over 500 veteran-owned small businesses to be more competitive in federal procurement,” said Carson. “SBA is excited about getting this important information and training to veteran small business owners earlier in their business ownership, increasing their chances at leveraging government contracts.”

Forty-eight veteran-owned businesses from 14 states and Washington, D.C. are participating in the inaugural three-day, 27-hour comprehensive training session April 5-7, 2016 at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. For more information about the National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement, please visit www.NationalVip.org.

For press inquiries, including press availability at the inaugural VIP START graduation on April 7, please contact Michelle Guzman at mguzman@mcccmd.com or 301-738-0015 x229.

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