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VIP START Training

VIP START is an entrepreneurial program tailored for Veteran-owned small businesses seeking entry into the federal marketplace. The program boasts a meticulously curated curriculum, designed and delivered by industry subject matter experts. VIP START imparts invaluable knowledge but also serves as a powerful risk mitigation strategy, ensuring that your company is poised for procurement success upon completion of the program.

  • Since its launch in April 2016, 910 companies have graduated from VIP START.

  • On average, VIP START graduate companies are in business for 5 years and have 3 full-time employees.

VIP has achieved national recognition from SBA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and many other Federal Agencies for their efforts to help VOSBs and SDVOSBs. The program has aided in establishing a strong socio-economic program with SBA and associate agencies to meet their VOSB/SDVOSB goals.

VIP START graduate companies increased their revenue by an average of 83% within their first year of graduation and 169% two years after graduation.

How we help Veteran-owned small businesses

How We Accelerate Success

Enhance Federal Contracting Success with Market-Focused Training. Here is a Sample of key Takeaways.

  • A new network of key relationships

  • Learn best business practices

  • Learn from industry and government

  • Navigate the federal marketplace

Eligibility Requirements

Owner, principal or C-level executive of a for-profit Veteran-owned small business

The company has been in business for at least 1 year

The company has a live website

The company is registered in System for Award Management (

The company has generated revenue in the past year

The company has owner that is working full-time

Sample Curriculum

Requirements to do Business with a Prime or Government

Strategic Planning in the Federal Market

Accounting / Budgets / Developing Rates Compliance


Contracting – Sub-Contracting/ RFP/ RFI

Operational Program Controls

Financing / Capital Management / Banking

Human Assets Management

Business Insurance

Business Development / Proposals

Attendance Requirements

Full Attendance is required to graduate from a session. If a participant misses more than 3 hours, their enrollment in the session will be terminated and they will be charged the cancellation fee.

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. Cancellations must be received in writing. The cancellation charge is $1,000.

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