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.

What is the difference between VIP Start and VIP Grow? 

The curriculum in VIP Grow is designed for later/early stage companies already in the federal market with a number of full-time employees and looking to accelerate their success. When we surveyed the VIP Grow Graduates the number one response was, I wish I had taken VIP sooner. As a response, VIP Start was developed to help companies enter or expand in the federal market sooner. Enrollment in VIP Start and VIP Grow is open nationwide and each have eligibility requirements. For more information about eligibility requirements visit the VIP Start or VIP Grow pages.

How many VIP graduates are there?

VIP Grow launched in 2009 and has 638 graduates nationwide. 

VIP Start launched in April 2016 and graduated 48 veteran-owned businesses in its inaugural session.

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.

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. Enrollment includes the cost of 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 a VIP session?

Class size is limited to 50 individuals per session (one representative per company).

Can my company attend a VIP program more than once?

No, VIP graduates companies not individuals, therefore, your company may only attend/graduate from each VIP program only once.

What is presented to each VIP graduate upon completion of the program?

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

What are the upcoming dates?

VIP Grow dates: 

Session 1: December 6-8, 2016 - completed
Session 2: TBD
Session 3: TBD      

VIP Start dates:

Next Session: October 18-20, 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. Acceptance is made based on eligibility on a first-come, first-served basis. Complete the online application to be considered for the next session:

Who are the class instructors?

Government Contracting experts and business leaders from industry and government are the instructors. View the full list of instructors here.

See VIP Fast Facts

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