Our Success

The success of Project Opportunity is dependent on the veterans that have completed the course. These are a few of the success stories our veterans have shared with us.

Bryan Keith Burton – Project Opportunity Class of 2016 (Southern Maryland) – The Project Opportunity Program provided the strong foundation for Bryan to start his business in 2016 – As the Entrepreneur/Owner of BKBurton Voice Overs LLC, http://www.bkburtonvoiceovers.com/, Bryan has achieved some early success. He has been contracted by the international production company, “Fearless Motivation” to be a featured Voice Over Artist performing motivational Voice Overs. He has also been selected to perform narration for audio books which will be sold on Amazon/Audible.com. Bryan performed voice overs for commercials airing on local Southern Maryland Comcast businesses networks and was selected to be a featured Voice Over Talent with Warrior Voices http://www.warriorvoices.org/wv-talent-bryan-burton.html and be one of the “American” Voice Over Artists for international voice over production agency, Voice Stable: http://voicestable.com/wp/voices_usa/.  

Fred Barnes, Project Opportunity Columbia MD Fall 2013 Class graduate has achieved a remarkable amount of success since graduating from the course with his company TAC Integrated Solutions (www.TACINTEGRATED.com) , an information security technology company, which specializes in protecting critical information and empowering information discovery in support of customers in the Defense, Intelligence, National Security, and Federal Civilian markets.  We leverage developed technology coupled with subject matter expertise to apply towards our core competency areas of Advanced Analysis, Enterprise Security, and Cyber Solutions. 

TAC Integrated Solutions is an SBA Certified HubZone (obtained May 23, 2014) and Veteran-Owned Small Business. Since graduating from the course, TAC engaged large system integrators supporting the federal government and now supports partners on the following contract vehicles:

Department of Health and Human Services CIO-SP3 (Large) – an IDIQ contract vehicle to designed to meet scientific, administrative, operational, managerial and information management requirements.

Drug Enforcement Administration – Blanket Purchase Agreement (DEA BPA) – a contract vehicle for Intelligence Analytic Support Services.  Provides support to the OCDETF Fusion Center wherein intelligence analysts identify and/or link potential investigations into multi-agency coordinated enforcement operations that target organizations operating at the regional, national, and international level. 

Defense Intelligence AgencyScience, Technology, Acquisition, Requirements, Testing, and Exploitation (DIA – START-X) – a multiple award contract vehicle supporting technical exploitation, scientific, and test and evaluation requirements in support of the defense intelligence community.

National Security Agency (NSA) – multiple contract vehicles supporting the Cryptologic mission.

As of September 2014, TAC’s projected annual revenue estimate is $245,000.

Ernie Adkins – Project Opportunity Class of 2010 (Eastern Shore) – Owner of Triple E Kennels (www.tripleekennels.net), located in Mardela Springs, Maryland. Purchased farm, a little over 10 acres, in 2011, in order to better facilitate the expansion of our K9 programs. Annual revenue is between 30 to 40K.

We have only one goal, guarantee satisfaction to everyone for many years to come by supplying top of the line Belgian Malinois. We are a family owned and operated kennel. We began our breeding program in 2008 and everyone who has received a puppy from us has been very satisfied. We ship anywhere worldwide. All of our Malinois are on site and available for you to meet at any time.

For those interested in why we chose the Belgian Malinois over other breeds, the answer is simple. I worked closely with the Malinois while overseas. I was quite impressed with the breed’s overall abilities in protection and odor detection. Its eagerness and commitment to work is unprecedented. These facts, coupled with exceptional health, are exactly why the Belgian Malinois was the only choice. Others see the quality in this breed as well. Quite a few police departments, on local and state levels, feel the same way. In fact, the United States Secret Service uses the Belgian Malinois exclusively.

As for our puppies, all of our puppies are raised on site, with both parents on the premises. All will be delivered healthy, exposed to children on a daily basis, foundation work in environmental training (this builds a solid, confident puppy), dewormed, and vaccinated.

Pamela Grinnell – Project Opportunity Class of 2011 (Eastern Shore) – Owner of Cater to You Assisted Living Facility, LLC located in Chestertown, MD.  Received operating license from State of Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene for 4 bed facility on July 16, 2013.  Plans to provide living assistance to veterans, working with Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.  Pam opened for business in November 2013 with two (2) residents.

Adrian Holmes and Jermaine Anderson – Project Opportunity Class of 2012 (Eastern Shore) – Small business owner Jermaine Anderson, featured as one of the seven faces in the “water moves us” marketing campaign through the Dorchester County Economic Development Office, is not only a serial entrepreneur but also an active participant in the community. Jermaine is one of four principals at TNT Moving and Cleaning by Design.

The business offers many services such as interior design and senior move services which entail assisting families and aging senior citizens to downsize, organize, persevering their history, etc. Anderson’s business also helps new residents, retirees and weekenders easily and efficiently move into and maintain their Dorchester home so they can enjoy all the amenities an Eastern Shore lifestyle entails.

Together Jermaine Anderson and Adriane Holmes operate a nonprofit named Alpha Genesis CDC. The nonprofit focuses on the revitalization of the 500 block of Race Street in Cambridge. Anderson hopes the area will become a creative campus of the arts. The expectation is the local gallery movement will continue into the 500 block of Race Street and become a joint workspace where artisans can live and work.

African American-owned businesses are an important part of the Eastern Shore’s economy and history. Jermaine Anderson’s creative entrepreneurial energy has provided additional positive impact on Dorchester County’s economy. For more information on TNT Moving and Cleaning by Design or Alpha Genesis please email [email protected] or call 443-515-0063.

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