What is the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP)?

VIP is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program for veteran businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts by establishing best business practices. 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.

Who is eligible for the VIP program?

Eligible applicants must: 

  1. Must be an owner, principal or C-level executive for a Veteran-owned business;
  2. Have been in business for at least 2 years, with a minimum of (3) three full time employees;
  3. The company has experience working on Federal government contracts as a prime and/or sub-contractor to a prime; and
  4. Be a small business.

VIP enrollment is open nationwide.

How much does it cost?

Fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, Partners, and VIP sponsors, the program is at no cost to participants. Travel expenses are not covered.

How many applicants can be enrolled in the VIP?

Class size is limited to 50 individuals per session.

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 and location?

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

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 VIP session.

What topics will be covered by the VIP curriculum?

  • Accounting/Budgets/Developing Rates
  • Compliance
  • Contracting – Teaming, Joint Ventures, RFI
  • Financing/Capital Management
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Marketing – Proposals & Capture Management
  • Program Management/Internal Controls

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.