Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Welcome! We're the DoD Office of Small Business Programs

We advise the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and are committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions. We provide leadership and governance to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to meet the needs of the nations' Warfighters, creating opportunities for small businesses while ensuring each tax dollar is spent responsibly.

Plans & Performance

In order to fulfill our strategic goals and mission, we seek out opportunities and strategic activities to increase small business dollars competitively awarded by DoD military departments and agencies. These statistical tables and reports demonstrate how well we are performing.

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Legislation, Regulations, Policy

Small business' contributions to the Warfighter are maximized through legislation, regulations, Executive Orders and policy directives. These laws, rules, policies, orders and related guidelines defining the small business community's support of the DoD are accessible here.

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There are a number of reference materials, guides, training resources as well as professional counseling available to DoD Small Business Professionals. This includes a link to the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which provide training and counseling assistance at no cost.

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DoD Small Business Programs


Mentor-ProtégéExternal Link

The Mentor-Protégé Program encourages major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and other eligible protégés.


SBIR/STTRExternal Link

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs harness the innovative talents and entrepreneurial energies of our nation's small technology companies for U.S. military and economic strength.

Indian Incentive

Indian Incentive

The Indian Incentive Program compensates prime contractors that use Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises on subcontracted work or on subcontracted commercial products manufactured in whole or in part by an Indian organization.

Recent Items of Interest

  • Posted 08/10/2015:

    2015 Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Training Week....Collaborate! Educate! Innovate!

    The Office of Small Business Programs held its 2015 Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Training Week....Collaborate! Educate! Innovate! July 13-July 17, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.

    You may access the 2015 Small Business Innovation Training Week presentations here:
    2015 SBT Presentations (DoD Only). is the U.S. government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing and exporting. It is designed to provide access to online resources and services of Federal, state, and local Government as well as those of non-profit and educational organizations supporting businesses.

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Other Small Business Initiatives

Women-Owned Small Business

Highlights DoD efforts to achieve the five percent goal for prime and subcontract awards to small businesses owned and controlled by women.

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

An aggressive DoD effort to improve the prime and subcontracting opportunities for businesses owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans.

Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test

A DoD program to determine if comprehensive subcontracting plans will result in increased subcontracting opportunities for small business while reducing the administrative burdens on contractors.

Regional Councils

A nationwide network of small business professionals organized to promote the Federal Small Business Programs.

HUBZonesExternal Link

Small Business Administration program to promote job growth, capital investment and economic development in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).