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VIP START Graduates Win $50M Contract

Our GRADS are WINNING! 3 VIP Graduates teamed up and were awarded a $50M contract!

Hear their story here.

Jorge Rodriguez, Steri-Tech Medical Innovations LLC, graduated from VIP START in June 2020.

Kwasi Mensah, Correa Logistics LLC, graduated from VIP START in June 2021.

Anthony Manca, ShireWire Global Sales & Distribution, LLC graduated from VIP START, GROW, INTERNATIONAL and AEROSPACE.

The trio continues to work together on other opportunities and are a true testament to how VIP is more than just a course, it’s a community you join that accelerates your success in the Federal marketplace.

UPDATE as of 1/10/23:

  • ShireWire Global Sales & Distribution, LLC was awarded (as a Prime) a 7 year/40-million-dollar Massachusetts (ITC-80) state contact. Steri-Tech Medical Innovations LLC is a subcontractor on this contract.
  • Steri-Tech Medical Innovations LLC was awarded a 6 year/75-million-dollar Massachusetts (HSP-45) contract, with ShireWire Global Sales & Distribution, LLC and Correa Logistics LLC as subcontractors.

Within a 6 month period, this VIP GRAD trio has won over $160M in Massachusetts state contracts for the next 5-7 years.

“Without VIP, this would have never happened. The knowledge and relationships VIP has given us has created this wonderful result. 2023 is going to be a very fun year for us,” shared Anthony Manca.


VIP Grad Shares Their Success Story

VIP Grad Grey O. Nina was featured in New York’s Office of General Service’s “Celebrating 1,000 Active and Certified SDVOSB” Video.

Click here to watch.

Grey O. Nina, CEO and founder of G & J Leading Construction Inc., a general construction company located in the Bronx. Since receiving her NYS SDVOB certification, Nina has seen her company’s annual revenues from government and private sector work grow from $14,000 to $8 million in a few years.


G&J Leading Construction Inc is a graduate of VIP START, GROW, INTERNATIONAL and AEROSPACE!


VIP Graduate Featured in Drone Podcast


This week VIP Grad Ian Foley was featured on the “Drone Radio Show,” where he discussed the fast-changing UAV landscape. Foley is CEO of Pacific Triangle, a drone service provider delivering integrated platforms and end-to-end solutions for commercial applications in geospatial, oil and gas, mining and electrical utility industries. He is a VIP START and VIP INTERNATIONAL graduate.

Click here to hear the full podcast.


VIP Grad Wins Small Business Administration’s District Director’s Award in Alabama

CONGRATS to VIP Graduate Signalink, Inc. on winning the Small Business Administration’s District Director’s Award in Alabama!

Signalink, Inc. graduated from the VIP GROW program in March 2018.

Signalink is a woman-owned, veteran-owned, and minority owned small disadvantaged business that delivers innovative engineering, technical, logistical, and programmatic support to the aerospace and defense communities.

Read the full article here:


VIP Grad Awarded SBA’s 2022 Maryland Entrepreneurial Success of the Year

VIP Graduate, Sullivan Cove Consultants, LLC has been selected as SBA’s 2022 Maryland Entrepreneurial Success of the Year. Sullivan Cove Consultants, LLC is graduated from the VIP GROW program in 2009. They also graduated from the inaugural class of VIP ADVANCE in March 2022.

Sullivan Cove Consultants, LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the New York State Office of General Services, and by the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC). We are also certified as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, as well as the State of New York and the Port Authority of New Jersey.

Learn more at


Congratulations Sullivan Cove Consultants, LLC!



VIP Grads win SBA 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year

SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman has announced the 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from each of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among the winners were the following VIP Graduates:

Universal Spartan, LLC, Kentucky

Coforma, LLC, Washington D.C.


View the list of winners:


VIP Celebrates 2,000 Graduate Companies

On Thursday, April 7 2021, VIP graduated their VIP START April Class of 2022, which included VIP’s 2,000th Graduate Company. VIP hosted a special reception following the graduation, and was joined by VIP alumni, instructors, sponsors, and partners from industry and government to help celebrate the milestone. Since 2009, the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) has armed veteran-owned small businesses from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, with the tools they need to WIN in the Federal marketplace.

Click here to hear a special message from Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen.




Changes Coming to in February 2022

Message from the U.S. General Services Administration

In February, some pages on will be updated with a new look and feel. When you start a new registration, will ask for your purpose of registration and entity type prior to collecting your entity information and assigning your Unique Entity ID. These enhancements address customer-recommended changes and support the upcoming governmentwide transition on April 4, 2022 from using the DUNS Number to the Unique Entity ID (SAM) as the primary means of entity identification for federal awards .

Here are a few additional tips to help you prepare for a smooth transition to the new Unique Entity ID:

·  Update Your Searches: If you are using a DUNS Number in a saved search on, now is the time to update your searches to use the Unique Entity ID. Edit a saved search by selecting its title from the saved searches list in your Workspace. Change the search filters and re-save the search using the “Actions” menu at the top of the search results page.

·  Update Your Ad Hoc Reports: If you are using a DUNS Number as a filter or attribute on an ad hoc contract data report in the DataBank, you will need to replace the DUNS field with a Unique Entity ID field, as we explain here. If you don’t update your ad hoc reports, they may not display the expected results after April 4 , 2022.

·  Get Your Unique Entity ID: If  you only need to get a Unique Entity ID (SAM) but don’t need to complete the entity registration process,  you can go to now and request it. Choose the “Get Unique Entity ID” option after selecting the “Get Started” button. Remember, you still need a DUNS Number to register your entity or get a Unique Entity ID (SAM) until April 4, 2022.

·  Find Your Unique Entity ID: If you are registered in, you’ve already been assigned a new Unique Entity ID! It’s viewable in your entity registration record today. Go to our handy transition information page at to learn more.

Your voice matters.  Please continue to tell us about your experience in by selecting the “Feedback” button in the site’s footer and submitting comments. You can also sign up to participate in usability testing of future enhancements.



GSA has updated its COVID Website to include more information regarding its implementation of the preliminary nationwide injunction that halts the enforcement of the vaccine mandate.

Click here to learn more.


Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Reforms to Increase Equity and Level the Playing Field for Underserved Small Business Owners

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