KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Aldevra 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 June 23, 2016, Aldevra was one of 47 businesses from 14 states and the District of Columbia to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) GROW Program. During the program’s graduation, Aldevra was presented with a congressional citation.
“We’re honored to have graduated from this elite training program,” says Rodney Marshall, Aldevra president and CEO. “The best of the best take advantage of this opportunity to train and meet like-minded business owners.” Marshall is a service-disabled veteran and minority entrepreneur who served in the US Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993 when he was honorably discharged. He founded Aldevra in 2009, which sells commercial foodservice and medical equipment.
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 638 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 percent within a year of graduating from the Institute. More than 81 percent 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 sub-contractor 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.
Aldevra offers commercial foodservice and medical equipment, as well as health care staffing. The company specializes in federal government procurement and holds the following federal certifications: service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB); 8(a) small disadvantaged business; and historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) firm. More information is available at www.aldevra.com.