Design Show Secures Competitive Edge in Federal Contracting with VIP Program Certification

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Veteran Institute for Procurement VIP Start Graduate

Atlanta, Georgia – Design Show, LLC recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) START Program, a comprehensive training and certification program that helps Veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both military and civilian agencies.

On February 15, 2024 Design Show was one of 51 businesses from 15 states, plus Washington DC, to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) START Program.

“The VIP Program has been instrumental in equipping us with a wealth of knowledge and resources. This training initiative has empowered us to navigate the intricate landscape of federal government contracting with confidence and finesse,” remarked Bridget Fields, CEO of Design Show. “We are now well-positioned to drive significant growth and make a meaningful impact in our industry.”

The first of its kind in the nation, VIP START is facilitated by subject matter experts from industry and government with a goal of increasing the participants’ ability to win and maintain government contracts. VIP START participants receive hands-on market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for federal government contracting. There are over 20 topics taught, including law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing, and proposals.

“We are honored to give back to the men and women who served our country by providing them with the tools they need to succeed as government contractors,” said Barbara Ashe, President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. “We hope this training fosters their success as businesses and employers.” VIP START is a three-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program. Participants must be a C-level leader in a Veteran-owned small business operating for at least one year with one year of revenue generation; owner must be a W-2 in their company or full-time employee and spend 100% of their time in their business. VIP START is fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partnerships with SBA, Lockheed Martin, the State of Maryland, and VIP sponsors. VIP START is offered at no cost to participants.

For information: Bridget Fields, (678) 365-0553
For information on VIP: Barbara Ashe, 301-738-0015 x215;
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