You hear about the money the government has to set aside for small business contracting but aren’t sure how to get in on the action. American Express OPEN has initiated a new program called the Victory in Procurement (VIP) mentorship program. Participants will be educated on a host of topics, including the GSA schedule, business certifications, teaming arrangements and the importance of networking.

The mentorship program also involves 12 hours of one-on-one virtual mentoring with a government contracting expert from American Express OPEN.

Once participants complete the program, they will be awarded a certificate of achievement and an online badge to be displayed on their website. They will also be given free PR during the program.

The VIP Mentorship program is free to business owners as part of American Express OPEN’s Victory in Procurement (VIP) for Small Business initiative –a national program launched in 2009 designed to help small business owners capitalize on the enormous growth opportunity provided through government contracts.

To apply, interested business owners will need to fill out the VIP Mentorship Application. Applications are due by May 1, 2012. More information on the program, including a link to the application and details on the mentors, can also be found at

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