For Immediate Release:

Contact: Roland Dixon,, 978.808.0825

One of 50 companies receiving certification from VIP Start in Dec 2020

Alliance OH – Special Power Sources 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 December 17, 2020, SPECIAL Power Sources was one of 50 businesses from 19 states to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) START Program.

Roland Dixon, President of SPS adds “The VIP Start Program certification will allow SPS to quickly apply the practical and classroom techniques related to government procurement to grow our business while complying with these customer requirements for innovative solutions.”  

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; 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 at 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, and the State of Maryland, and VIP sponsors. 

VIP START is offered at no cost to participants.

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