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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 and expand their business overseas. 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 helps establish best business practices. These practices support winning Federal government contracts as well as international commercial opportunities. 

  • Designed and taught by subject matter experts 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 for free
  • Participants only cover travel cost to and from the Washington, DC area VIP is offered at no cost to participants

The VIP Programs are fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF). 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 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 99 veteran-owned businesses from 21 states plus Washington, D.C.

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 727 veteran-owned businesses from 42 states plus DC and Guam. 

In March 2017, VIP INTERNATIONAL was launched to train service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) that want to enter and/or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas. VIP INTERNATIONAL graduated 47 companies from 11 states plus DC and Guam.


 Barbara Ashe

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



Patty A. Brown
Director, Program Management
Phone: 301-738-0015 x209

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Donna M. Wright
Assistant Program Manager
Phone: 301-738-0015 x209


Marie-Anne Audige
Assistant Program Manager
Phone: 301-738-0015 x209