Hear How VIP START Grads Won a $50M Contract!



  • February 13-15, 2024

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  • June 11-13, 2024

  • October 22-24, 2024

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VIP START is a 3-day in-residence veteran entrepreneurship training program that is offered at NO COST to veterans nationwide

“As a VIP START Graduate, you have a support system and I think that is the greatest thing, because as a small business you can feel like you're on an island by yourself and you don't know what you're doing. You’re just in the deep end treading water trying not to drown! The relationships you build with the VIP team and with your VIP cohort are so impactful. You will also have the VIP Marketplace where you can reach out to other small businesses who have been through whatever obstacle you may be facing. With VIP you can reach out for help and someone is always there to assist you.”

Denise Davis
Vet Global Solutions, VIP START Graduate 2020

Michael Black, Chief Operating Officer, Concise Network Solutions, VIP Graduate


  • Requirements to do business with a PRIME or Government
  • Strategic Planning in the Federal Market
  • Accounting / Budgets / Developing Rates Compliance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Contracting – Sub-Contracting/ RFP/ RFI
  • Operational Program Controls
  • Financing / Capital Management / Banking
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Insurance
  • Business Development / Proposals

Eligibility Requirements

  • An owner, principal or C-level executive for a for-profit veteran-owned small business
  • In business for at least 1 year (On average, VIP START graduate companies are in business for 5 years with 2 full-time employees)
  • The company has a live website
  • The company is registered in the Federal Contractor Registry also known as System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
  • The company has generated revenue in the past year
  • The company has owner or executive that is working full-time
VIP START, April 2022

Since its launch in April 2016, 859 companies have graduated VIP START. On average, VIP START graduate companies are in business for 5 years. Graduate companies increased their revenue by an average of 80% within their first year of graduation and 184% two years after graduation.

Instructor Highlights

3 of the 38 VIP START Instructors from Industry and Government
Ira Koretsky
CEO, The Chief Storyteller®
US Army Veteran
Nichole D. Atallah
Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC
Ahmed Ali
President & Founder, TISTA Science and Technology Corporation
US. Navy Veteran


Our graduates have a lot to say about VIP
  • "I was told by my mentors, both graduates of the VIP program, that I had to attend this program. The information, the contacts, and students shared information freely which contributed to me winning my first government contract before the course ended. The best way to describe the VIP program is like going to school. I consider this course to be the Ph.D. of other courses. Why? The instructors and guest speakers are the owner, CEO, or director. So you are getting real information and not theory. They held nothing back in their response and they shared their contact information to keep the lines of communication open to build business relationships."
    Samuel Brown
    CEO, PacketEx, VIP Graduate
  • "Tell and I will forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn. This is the latter."
    Mike Schuler
    Veteran Alliance Resourcing, Inc., VIP Graduate
  • Fellow Veteran Entrepreneurs, when you are able to attend the VIP START Certification Program, don't walk, RUN! I am forever indebted to the scores of presenters and panel members who shared their candid, insightful, and wisdom-filled perspectives. Prior to the event, I approached RFP/RFI submission efforts like a sporadic ping-pong match. VIP START provided information that will guide my strategic development, save time and, I am confident, produce successful results! Thank you for providing world-class content, mentors, subject matter experts, post-program support (VIP Marketplace), and your vote of confidence for each of us!
    Shon Barnwell
    Principal, Managing Director/ Shon Barnwell Events, LLC and VIP Graduate
  • "I want to thank the Veteran Institute for Procurement for helping me achieve The Kentucky Veteran Small Business of the Year Award. I could not have done it without you and the VIP program."
    Alejandro Ramirez
    Universal Spartan, LLC, VIP Graduate
  • “At first it’s like drinking from a fire-hose! VIP offers so much good information and you just want to take it all in. The courses really focus on teaching organizations how to prioritize efforts, and VIP provides top subject matter experts to teach us how to do this most effectively.”
    Robert Hutcherson
    CEO and Founder of Optimize Consulting Inc., VIP Graduate
  • “I’ve been in commercial business for 30 years, and before the program, I didn’t know what I didn’t know about federal procurement. After VIP START, I now have the tools to succeed in the federal marketplace.”
    Kelvin Boone
    CEO, Elevation Lifestyle Ventures LLC., VIP Graduate
  • “I want to personally thank you and your team for a very well organized and valuable course. What your team has done for Veterans is truly special and more importantly a network that is essential for every veteran owner to compete to get to the next level!”
    Corey Clive
    CEO/Founder, Venergy Group LLC., VIP Graduate
  • "I truly was amazed by the program, and am so very, very glad to have been able to attend. I look forward to maintaining my relationship with MCCCF. Thanks again, very professional program, well executed and enjoyable."
    Daniel Morris
    Managing Member and CEO, SemperServe, LLC., VIP Graduate
  • “The program is one of the kind and it really addressed the key areas that are important to the success of any small businesses working with the Federal, State and Local Governments. Thank you for your efforts and your passion.”
    Dokmai Webster
    President and CEO, PivotalPoint, VIP Graduate
  • "The recent VIP course I attended was hands down the best course I have ever attended, thank you for the opportunity to attend. The quality of the instructors, the course material and the facility were all topnotch. I may not become the next Catapult but you have certainly given me the tools to do it. I hope one day I will be in a position to pay it forward. Thanks."
    Geoffrey Perkins, Esq.
    Managing Partner of Concourse Federal Group, LLC., VIP Graduate
  • "The amount of information in the VIP Program is intense! In 3 days I was given 30 hours of training that was invaluable to my business. It gave me the knowledge to understand the complexity of Government Contracting and what I needed to do to successfully bid on jobs. It helped me to create relationships with other Veteran Owned Companies with different skills enabling all of us to work together to improve our companies."
    Henry Bockman
    President, Commercial Restorations, VIP Graduate
  • "The Veteran Institute for Procurement is a phenomenal program that is a win-win for the federal government and prime contractors, and for the small veteran-owned businesses that it serves. Companies that participate in VIP emerge well-positioned for greater success in Federal contracting, and, ultimately, help to ensure that we have more qualified veteran-owned businesses competing for contract opportunities."
    Wesley Crenshaw
    President, Blueline Technology, Inc., VIP Graduate

VIP START Frequently Asked Questions

ONBOARDING WAITLIST: October 24-26, 2023 NEXT CLASSES: February 13-15, 2024 May 14-16, 2024 June 11-13, 2024
No, VIP enrollment is open nationwide.
Class size is limited to 50 individuals per session (one representative per company).
A certificate of completion is provided to each graduating company. Graduates will also receive access to the VIP Marketplace, a closed community platform for VIP Graduates, Large Primes, and Government Agencies.
The application is online. Qualified applicants are accepted into each class on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many of the VIP programs have waiting lists, so interested companies should complete the application online at their earliest convenience. To apply, go to https://mcccmd.wufoo.com/forms/m1xyctqw0mf2tk6/
VIP is offered at no cost to participants. *The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) funds this program through public-private partnerships made up of grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Maryland, and a corporate sponsorship from Lockheed Martin.*Travel expenses to and from VIP START are not covered.
Attendance is required to graduate. If a participant misses more than 3 hours of instruction, their enrollment in the program will be terminated and a cancellation fee will apply.
No, not from the same program. VIP graduates companies, not individuals, therefore, your company may only attend/graduate from each VIP program (START, GROW, ADVANCE, INTERNATIONAL or AEROSPACE) only once.
In person classes are held at the William F. Bolger Center, 11 miles from Washington D.C.
Subject matter experts and business leaders from industry and government.
The following is offered at NO COST: • One Senior Level Participant Representing a Veteran Owned Company • 27+ hours of instruction • Meals - Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday through Thursday; Dinner: Monday through Wednesday • Access to snack break-out rooms on all 3 days • 2 Guest Admissions to the Graduation & Reception on Thursday • 3 nights of lodging: Check-In Monday and Check-Out Thursday • Hotel Confirmation from the Bolger Center directly to each participant Not Included: • Travel expenses to and from The Bolger Center are the sole responsibility of participants.
No, travel is not included. Travel expenses to and from The Bolger Center are the sole responsibility of participants.

Attendance Requirements

Full Attendance is required to graduate from a session. If a participant misses more than 3 hours, their enrollment in the session will be terminated and they will be charged the cancellation fee.

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. Cancellations must be received in writing. The cancellation charge is $1,000.

The unauthorized use of audio or video equipment is not permitted at any VIP session.

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