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Opemia Consulting is Ready to Do Business with the Government

April 14, 2022


Opemia Consulting 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 April 7, 2022, Opemia Consulting was one of 65 businesses from 16 states to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) START Program. This class marked 2,000 VIP graduate companies. To celebrate this milestone, VIP hosted a special reception including graduates, alumni, sponsors, and partners from industry and government.


"As we continue to expand our verticals we fully understand the competitive landscape that comes with Federal Contracting. The knowledge, resources, networking, and industry insight we gained as part of the VIP START Program were invaluable. Prior to attending, we had more questions than answers and were overwhelmed at the thought of doing business with the Government. However, as a certified VIP START Graduate, I am confident, eager, and ready to expand into this market."

- Andre Whittington, Opemia Consulting, CEO


The first of its kind in the nation, VIP START is a 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for veteran-owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts. 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; the owner must be a W-2 in their company or full-time employee and spend 100% of their time in their business.

Facilitated by subject matter experts, 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 by highly experienced industry and government professionals with a focus on the essentials necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing, and proposals. The curriculum is designed to help companies accelerate the rate of becoming procurement ready. The program also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran-owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities or serve as mentors.

"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 fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partnerships with SBA, Lockheed Martin, JPMorgan Chase, the State of Maryland, and VIP sponsors.

VIP START is offered at no cost to participants.

For more information on VIP, contact Barbara Ashe, 301-738-0015x215;, or visit

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