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About Wisconsin Procurement Institute

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts.

WPI’s mission is to assist Wisconsin businesses in creating, developing and growing their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs. We do this by providing:

  1. Strategic, objective, and practical business advice and technical expertise as it relates to entering or growing the Government market.
  2. Technical training and education in locating and analyzing market intelligence and process.
  3. Knowledge and training required for small and disadvantaged businesses to increase their competitiveness and success in the Government market.
  4. Supplement organizational capabilities and value by:
    • Providing access to current and focused technical expertise, education and training to businesses and their staff in the areas of marketing, sales, contract administration, Government specific requirements, and other.
    • Providing access to professional and knowledgeable counseling and individual assistance.
    • Providing current market information and intelligence to State firms.
    • Providing access to Government Prime Contractors and Government agencies.
    • Providing access to market leadership, policy creators and decision makers.
    • Providing access to unique expertise and jobs skills needed to support Government contracts and associated supply chains.

Not only does WPI provide technical and professional expertise and experience to Wisconsin’s business community, we have successfully engaged our State’s most successful government contractors to mentor and teach developing small business suppliers. In addition, WPI actively engages our Congressional delegation and staff in the process.

WPI co-hosts and supports annual conferences, technical training and outreach events in support of this mission, including:

  • Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference
  • Prime Contractor Group meetings
  • SAME Small Business Expo
  • Washington DC Federal Contractor Summit
  • Marketplace
  • Federal Contractor Update
  • Acquisition Hour Webinar Series
  • Small Business Contractor Series

WPI works throughout the State — in rural and urban areas — with large, small, well-established and newly created businesses in areas of manufacturing, technology, construction, research, IT and services. WPI works closely with Federal, State and Local small business programs to maximize the opportunities and market success for disadvantaged, minority, woman, disabled and veteran owned firms as well as those located in designated HUBzone and distressed areas.

The Federal government spends over $500 billion and the State of Wisconsin spends about $2 billion on goods and services each year.There are tremendous opportunities for businesses that learn the rules and processes, know how the market works and are willing meet the needs of a very demanding customer

WPI provides the help that is necessary for businesses to succeed in winning Government awards and contracts.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute’s Leadership and Support are provided by:

WPI’s Executive Board of Directors

Company Name Board Position
Husch Blackwell LLPWilliam HughesChairman & President
TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc)Andrew BergholzVice Chairman
DRS Power & Control TechnologiesRichard DeschauerTreasurer
Wisconsin Procurement InstituteAina Vilumsons, CFCMSecretary
Belonger CorporationJean Marie ThielMember
Bentley World-PackagingTodd BentleyMember
Beyond VisionJames KerlinMember
CENTERPOINT Inc.Baly AmbegaokerMember
City of OshkoshMayor Steve CummingsMember
Michels CorporationHerb MillerMember
Oshkosh CorporationTravis SchmuhlMember
Schutt IndsutriesJim SchuttMember
Titus Technologies / Heale ManufacturingRod CopesMember
University of Wisconsin-StoutDr. Robert M. MeyerMember
Wisconsin Economic Development CorporationBarb LaMueMember

WPI’s Advisory Board

Company Name
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of WisconsinCraig Anderson
DRS Power & Control TechnologiesDaryl Zahn
Heartland Information ResearchDonald and Kate Hill
Juneau County Economic Development CorporationTerry Whipple
Phil Bail and AssociatesPhil Bail
UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach CenterRandy Hulke
Western DairylandKarman Briggs

WPI Supporters

Company Name
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of WisconsinGary Mejchar
American Pride Industrial EquipmentWilliam Capelle
Belonger CorporationJean Marie Thiel
Bentley World-PackagingJeff Hawthorne
Bowman Performance ConsultingNicole Bowman
CenterpointEd Silva
Chavez Consulting LLCGeorge Chavez
Company B Brand MarketingBrigette Breitenbach
DCS NetlinkDane Deutsch
DRS Power & Control TechnologiesRichard Deschauer
FEED Kitchens
Fox Valley Technical College – D.J. Bordini CenterDale Walker
Heartland Information ResearchDonald and Kate Hill
HGA Architects and EngineersSuzanne Ferris
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC)May yer “mine-za” Thao
H. Bernstein Associates, IncHarley Bernstein
Husch Blackwell LLPWilliam Hughes
Indianhead Community Action AgencyAl Christanson
Juneau County Economic Development CorporationTerry Whipple
La Crosse River ConsultingMark Dennis
Michels CorporationHerb Miller
National Business Furniture, LLCCarrie Davidson
Nicolet CollegeToni Van Doren
Oshkosh CorporationTravis Schmuhl
Phil Bail and AssociatesPhil Bail
PRA - Plunkett Raysich ArchitectsMark Herr
Progress LakeshorePeter Wills
RayovacLeo Musso
The Reese Group LLCTina Reese
Spacesaver Storage Systems, Inc.
Spann & Associates LLCBruce Spann
TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc)Andrew Bergholz
Technology Innovation CenterGuy Mascari
Titus Technologies / Heale ManufacturingRod Copes
University of Wisconsin-StoutDr. Robert M Meyer
W. S. Darley & CompanyPaul Darley
Western DairylandKarman Briggs

WPI is actively involved with and/or is a member of

Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC)
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC)
National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc.
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
Statewide and local economic development organizations
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)