Darkblade Systems completed the comprehensive Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) Program, a training and certification program that helps veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with the military and civilian agencies they once served in uniform.
On March 12, 2015, Darkblade was one of 49 businesses from 12 states and the District of Columbia to graduate from the National Center for the Veteran Institute for Procurement. The first program of its kind in the nation, VIP is conducted by professional subject-matter specialists in the requirements necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing and proposals. It also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives in addition to a national network of veteran-owned small businesses that they can team with on business opportunities.
Since its launch in 2009, VIP has helped 446 service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses grow. A survey of 184 of the program’s graduates determined that 2,018 new jobs were created and the size of their businesses increased by an average of 49% within a year of graduating from the Institute. More than 82% of surveyed graduates credited VIP for equipping them to make solid business decisions and avoid unseen pitfalls. Additionally, veteran-owned businesses are more likely to hire, mentor and train other war veterans as they transition to private life, which is a national priority.
“We are honored to give back to the men and women who served our country by providing them with the tools necessary 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.”