About the Veteran Institute for Procurement

 VIP Fact Sheet 










The National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) offers 5 programs to help Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses increase their ability to win government contracts. Programs vary in length from 1 to 3 days, and are held in the Washington, DC area, just 11 miles from the White House. Participants receive hands-on, market-based instruction that help establish best business practices for Federal government contracting.

Designed by seasoned executives from industry and government, VIP is the first-ever national center to train SDVOSBs and VOSBs to succeed in Federal contracting. Among the many benefits, four are key:
- Accelerate your growth with market-based, practical training across more than 20 topic areas
- Avoid business land mines and reduce your risk to yourself, teaming partners and customers
- Build relationships with primes and government and establish a network of national teaming partners
- Attend the training free. Participants cover travel to and from the Washington, DC area.

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. Click here to support VIP by making a donation.

‚ÄčThe VIP classes are offered to one executive from each of the enrolled veteran-owned businesses. Class size is limited to 50 individuals. VIP enrollment is open to Veteran-owned businesses nationwide.

In April 2016, VIP START was launched to train service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) who want to enter or need help to expand their business growth into the federal marketplace. VIP START has graduated 48 veteran-owned businesses from 15 states and Washington, D.C. Click here for a recap of the April 2016 VIP START session!

In October 2015, VIP GROW celebrated a milestone achievement of graduating its 500th VIP GROW participant. Since the program launched in 2009, VIP GROW has graduated 638 veteran-owned businesses from 38 states, Washington D.C., and a U.S. Territory. Click here for a recap of the June 2016 VIP GROW session!


 Barbara Ashe

Barbara Ashe
National Director, Veteran Institute for Procurement
Phone: 301-738-0015 x215
E-mail: bashe@mcccmd.com

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Patty A. Brown
Director, Program Management
Phone: 301-738-0015 x209
E-mail: pbrown@mcccmd.com

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