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ADCO Hearing Products Receives Veteran Institute for Procurement Grow Certification


ADCO Hearing Products, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) GROW 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 they once served in uniform.

On December 8, 2016, ADCO Hearing Products was one of 41 businesses from 17 states and the District of Columbia to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) GROW Program.

“We are honored to be receiving the VIP Grow certification and would like to thank everyone at the Veteran Institute for Procurement for this opportunity. After the many networking events and training that we received during this course, I am confident that ADCO is better positioned to achieve our long-term goals with the Veterans Administration and other government agencies. I would strongly recommend this program to all veteran-owned businesses, regardless of industry, that are looking for a competitive advantage in government contracting.” – Abby Armijo, President – ADCO Hearing Products

The first program of its kind in the nation, VIP GROW is conducted by professional subject-matter specialists in the essentials 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 along with a national network of veteran-owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities.

Since its launch in 2009, VIP GROW has helped 683 service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses grow. A survey of 255 of the program's graduates determined that 2915 new jobs were created and the size of their businesses increased by an average of 51% within a year of graduating from the Institute. More than 81% of surveyed graduates credited VIP GROW for equipping them to make recent 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.”

VIP GROW 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 two years with a minimum of 3 full-time employees, and experience working on government contracts as a prime and/or subcontractor to a prime. With volunteer instructors and at no cost to participants, VIP GROW is fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partners, and VIP sponsors.

For information: Abby Armijo, 800-726-0851; For information on VIP: Barbara Ashe, 301-738-0015 x215; For additional information, please visit or the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation.

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