Breakfast Keynote Speaker-Facebook Live
De’Andre B. Wells Sgt US Army Ret will be the Breakfast Keynote Speaker at the upcoming VIP START training session on Tuesday, October 22 from 8:10am – 8:30am. As a VIP Graduate of the START and GROW class DeAndre will share his unique perspective on personally benefiting from the instruction and how “you” can make the most of this opportunity as a new Federal Contractor. As a CEO and owner of AGX, DeAndre will also share lessons he has learned along the way.
VIP START Statistics
Since its launch in April 2016, 292 companies have graduated VIP START. On average, VIP START graduate companies are in business for 5 years with 2 full-time employees. Graduate companies increased their revenue by an average of 40% within their first year of graduation and 80% two years after graduation.
75% are Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
70% are Minority-Owned Business
22% are Small-Disadvantaged Business 8(a)
29% are Woman-Owned Business
14% are HUBZone
72% of applicants had never worked on a
Federal Contract (including as a Prime or sub-contractor) prior to VIP START.
VIP is offered at no cost to participants. *The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) funds this program through a public-private partnership made up of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), support from the State of Maryland, and a grant from Lockheed Martin.