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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:
- Strategic, objective, and practical business advice and technical expertise as it relates to entering or growing the Government market.
- Technical training and education in locating and analyzing market intelligence and process.
- Knowledge and training required for small and disadvantaged businesses to increase their competitiveness and success in the Government market.
- 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
- 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 $450 billion and the State of Wisconsin spends about $2 billion on goods and services each year. Even during these times of decreasing budgets, 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
|Husch Blackwell LLP||William Hughes||Chairman & President|
|TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc)||Andrew Bergholz||Vice Chairman|
|DRS Power & Control Technologies||Richard Deschauer||Treasurer|
|Wisconsin Procurement Institute||Aina Vilumsons, CFCM||Secretary|
|Belonger Corporation||Jean Marie Thiel||Member|
|Bentley World-Packaging||Todd Bentley||Member|
|Beyond Vision||James Kerlin||Member|
|CENTERPOINT Inc.||Baly Ambegaoker||Member|
|City of Oshkosh||Mayor Steve Cummings||Member|
|Michels Corporation||Herb Miller||Member|
|Oshkosh Corporation||Travis Schmuhl||Member|
|Titus Technologies / Heale Manufacturing||Rod Copes||Member|
|University of Wisconsin-Stout||Dr. Robert M. Meyer||Member|
|Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation||Barb LaMue||Member|
WPI’s Advisory Board
|American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin||Craig Anderson|
|DRS Power & Control Technologies||Daryl Zahn|
|Heartland Information Research||Donald and Kate Hill|
|Juneau County Economic Development Corporation||Terry Whipple|
|Phil Bail and Associates||Phil Bail|
|UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center||Randy Hulke|
|Western Dairyland||Karman Briggs|