VIP Start

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About VIP Start

VIP Start is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for veteran owned businesses that want to enter or expand their business growth into the federal marketplace through best business practices.

Goal: The Curriculum is designed to help companies accelerate the rate at becoming procurement ready.

Note: VIP Start does not focus on teaching how to start a business; rather, it focuses on how to do business with the government.
VIP is offered at no cost to participants. 
48 veteran-owned businesses graduated from the inaugural VIP Start session on April 2016. Click here for a recap of the April 2016 VIP Start Session!

Upcoming Sessions

Next Session: October 18-20, 2016    


  • 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

Eligibility Requirements 

Participating companies must be

  1. An owner, principal or C-level executive for a veteran-owned business;
  2. In business for at least 1 year with one year of revenue generation;
  3. A W-2 in their company, or full time employee, and spend 100% of their time in their business; and
  4. A small business.

VIP Start Statistics

  • Average of 5 years in business
  • Average of 3 full time employees
  • Average of 1 non-full time employees
  • 73% are service-disabled veteran-owned
  • 19% are small-disadvantaged 8(a)
  • 71% are minority-owned
  • 27% are woman-owned
  • 15% are HUBZone
  • 67% of applicants had never worked on a Federal Contract (including as a Prime or sub-contractor) prior to VIP Start

Attendance requirement

Attendance is required to graduate. If a participant misses more than one class, their enrollment in the session will be terminated.

Cancellation policy

Upon acceptance into the VIP Program participants must provide a credit card to secure their spot. VIP participants will not be charged for services outlined above. The credit card will only be used if the VIP participant cancels their participation in the program after the date that is noted in their acceptance email. Cancelations must be received in writing to Charges are $500 for day package participants and $1000 for overnight participants.

The unauthorized use of audio or video equipment is not permitted at any VIP session.