Last week, I had the honor to brief 49 incredibly accomplished principals of veteran-owned small businesses on the necessity and importance of strategic planning.

The National Veteran Institute For Procurement (VIP) in Rockville, MD, provides comprehensive instruction on how to accelerate federal government contracting business skills. It began in 2009, when three individuals had a conversation about how to help veteran small businesses win more government contracts. The federal market had yet to meet their 3% contracting goal for service-disabled veteran owned small businesses, and these three leaders believed that by providing veteran- owned small businesses the tools they needed to be procurement ready and grow in the federal market, they could assist the federal government in meeting this goal. “We can help our veterans.”

Today, the VIP program has successfully graduated over 1700 participants from all 50 states! It is my privilege to be part of such a great organization and to earn the VIP Instructor badge.

Learn more about VIP and its amazing programs.