The Veteran Institute for Procurement [VIP] is the country’s first-ever program to train veteran service-disabled and veteran owned small businesses to succeed in the federal contracting market.
The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation funds this three-day, 27-hour comprehensive training program with partners, VIP Sponsors, and is offered at no cost to veteran businesses admitted to VIP. VIP is aimed at veterans who are senior, “C-level” executives of small businesses with about three employees and at least two years in operation. View VIP Program in Action!
The June 2015 VIP session graduated 50 veteran-owned small businesses from 12 states, Washington D.D., and a U.S. Island Territory. Click here for a recap of the June 2015 VIP Session!
VIP Success Stories:
To expand upon the success of the VIP Program, MCCCF created the VIP 5.0 Graduate Session. This program is designed for the continued education of Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) graduates. VIP 5.0 offers a full day of training to the VIP alumni and introduces new information and capacity enhancing capabilities.
On July 22, 2014, 38 businesses from MD, VA, PA, FL and the District of Columbia graduated from the first VIP 5.0 Graduate Session.
The VIP classes are offered to one executive from each of the enrolled veteran-owned businesses. Class size is limited to 50 individuals. Funded entirely by Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partners, and VIP sponsors, the program is offered at no cost to participants. VIP enrollment is open to Veteran-owned businesses nationwide.
From Left to Right: Jackie Asencio, C2 Essentials, Inc.; Barbara Ashe, MCCCF; Sterling Crockett, R4 Incorporated; John Zuccaro, Lockheed Martin; Lee Sorenson, Lockheed Martin; Congressman Chris Van Hollen; Congressman Roscoe Bartlett; Barry Kane, Catapult Technology
On March 24, 2011, VIP recognized its "champions" at the March Graduation Reception and National Launch Celebration.
The VIP Champion award, which will be given annually, pays tribute to those individuals or organizations that have most advanced the goals of the Veteran Institute for Procurement in helping veteran-owned businesses thrive in the government contracting space. From inspiring the program and shaping the curriculum, to volunteering as instructors and promoting the program to veteran-owned business, our inaugural honorees were an integral part of launching and growing a successful VIP program.
VIP Champion awards were presented to the following individuals/companies for their dedication to and support of the program:
Thank you to all VIP supporters and sponsors!