What is the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP)?

An initiative of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF), VIP is designed by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce GovConNet program. VIP launched on September 10, 2009.

Do I have to live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to participate?

VIP enrollment is open nationwide.

How much does it cost to attend VIP?

VIP is offered at no cost to participants. The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) funds this program through a public-private partnership made up of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), support from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, and private sponsorships. 

Travel expenses are not covered.

MCCCF will pay for the following during each session:

Day package includes the following:

  • 27 hours of Instruction
  • Breakfast on Tuesday
  • Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 
  • Access to Snack break-out rooms on all three days
  • 2 tickets to Graduation Reception at the conclusion of the program on Thursday

(Please note, individuals can request to secure nights and additional meals at their own expense)

Overnight package includes the following:

  • 27 hours of Instruction
  • 3 nights Lodging:  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights
  • Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch:  Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday; Dinner:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Access to Snack break-out rooms on all three days
  • 2 Tickets to Graduation Reception at the conclusion of the program on Thursday

The Bolger Center submits a hotel confirmation direct to each participant within 2 weeks of arrival date.  Individuals can request additional nights and meals at their own expense.

Note: Travel expenses to and from the Bolger Center are the sole responsibility of participants.

What is the cancellation policy?

Upon acceptance into the VIP Program participants must provide a credit card to secure their spot. VIP participants will not be charged for services outlined above. The credit card will only be used if the VIP participant cancels their participation in the program after the date that is noted in their acceptance email. Cancelations must be received in writing to Charges are $500 for day package participants and $1000 for overnight participants.

What if I have to miss a part of the session?
Attendance is required to graduate. If a participant misses more than one class, their enrollment in the session will be terminated.

How many applicants can be enrolled in the VIP?

Each session is limited to 50 individuals.

What is presented to each VIP graduate?

A Congressional citation and the VIP certification seal for use online and in print. 

In addition to attending VIP sessions, what else is included in enrollment?

Overnight accommodations in addition to complimentary meals. Non-overnight guests will be provided meals. Travel expenses are not covered.

What are the upcoming dates?

VIP Grow dates: 

Session 1: October 20-22, 2015 - completed
Session 2: March 1-3, 2015
Session 3: June 21-23, 2016       

VIP Start dates:

Next session: April 5-7, 2016

Where is VIP held?
Location: The Bolger Hotel and Conference Center
             9600 Newbridge Drive
             Potomac, MD 20854-4436

How do I apply for the program?

Application process is open. Complete the online application to be considered for the next session:

Who are the class instructors?

Click Here to View the full list of instructors.

See VIP Fast Facts

For any additional questions, please contact Barbara Ashe, President, Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, at or (301) 738-0015 x215.