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VIP AEROSPACE is a program designed to fast-track Veteran-owned small businesses' success in the aerospace market. Through a hands-on, market-based approach to training, participants gain invaluable insights into the industry's intricate planning processes, essential certifications, contracting prerequisites, vendor portals, and the crucial aspects of business development.

  • Since its launch in April 2021, 86 companies have graduated VIP AEROSPACE.

  • 31% successfully entered the Aerospace sector for the first time.

In partnership with Lockheed Martin, a renowned global aerospace company, VIP developed and launched a training program that facilitates a pathway for Grads to enter and excel in the competitive aerospace market. Upon completing the program, VIP graduates can participate in weekly aeronautic webinars hosted by Lockheed Martin to showcase their abilities and unique strengths for open contracting opportunities.

52% of VIP AEROSPACE graduates currently working in the sector reported they expanded their customer base.

How we help Veteran-owned small businesses

How We Accelerate Success

Improve your federal contracting proficiency in the competitive and growing aerospace market.

  • Adapt and overcome challenges

  • Strategic planning and marketing

  • Learn how to mitigate risks

  • Navigating industry certifications

Eligibility Requirements

Owner, principal or C-level executive of a for-profit Veteran-owned small business

The company has been in business for at least 4 years

The company has at least three full-time employees

Your service and/or product aligns with aerospace market

Sample Curriculum

Strategic Planning


Operational Program Controls

Contracting Acquisition


Supply Chain Management

Audit & Certification Requirements

M&A Activity in the Aerospace Defense Sector


Managing Proposals

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.

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