ICI LLC, an S-Corporation, based in Chantilly, Virginia, was established in June 2010 as Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and received the Department of Veterans Affairs verification in July 2011. ICI LLC provides technical and scientific management services and is committed to delivering a high quality service to clients consistent with ISO-9001, ISO-14000 and ISO-21500 standards. During spring of 2015, the company applied for re-verification for SDVOSB certification with the Veterans Administration, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). Anticipating a smooth renewal because ICI had not undergone any changes in ownership or management since the original approval, the owners were surprised to learn that during SDVOSB re-verification, CVE determined there was not a clear determination who had control or authority to amend the company’s Operating Agreement. While working to amend the paperwork, ICI’s certification expired! This development put new contract awards at risk – and ICI and was now under a tight deadline to respond with the amendments.
After speaking with Virginia APEX Accelerator staff at the about the CVE concerns, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Service Disabled Veteran and Owner of ICI LLC attended a fortuitously-timed CVE Certification workshop taught by director Anna Urman to get a better understanding of the process. Daniel proposed a paragraph rewrite and requested assistance for a sanity check on wording and insertion. Virginia APEX Accelerator’s recommendation and vote of confidence was beneficial in a developing a revised operating agreement that met CVE’s requirements. One week after resubmission, ICI LLC received a re-verification letter with a renewed SDVOSB status. The time and assistance provided by the Virginia APEX Accelerator team at GMU was greatly appreciated as Daniel continues to pursue new contracts and can rest easy with a re-verified SDVOSB status that doesn’t expire again until June 2017.
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