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.


James Gardner – Project Opportunity Class of 2010 (Eastern Shore) – Owner of Eye on The Sparrow Global, Athletic Apparel Company.  In process of applying for State of Maryland Minority Business Enterprise Certification.  Recently awarded contract to provide uniforms and warm ups for North Caroline High School Basketball Team.  Has hired three sales representatives, one each in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia, two of which are fellow veterans.  Annual revenue between $3 to 5K while operating business part time.


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.


James Tingle – Project Opportunity Class of 2011 (Eastern Shore) – Owner of Tingle Services LLC, a lawn maintenance and power washing company.  James operates his business on a part time seasonal basis until he can retire from the Postal Service.  He has revenue of approximately $9,000 to $11,000 per year from both operations.  Is in the process of applying for MBE Certification from the State of Maryland.


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/.  


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.



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