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

  • Updated 04/27/2016:

    Defense Cybersecurity Requirements Factsheet
    By Mr. Kenyata L. Wesley, Acting Director, Office of Small Business Programs

    A Summary of the DoD Cybersecurity Requirements for Small Businesses [PDF]

  • Updated 04/20/2016:

    2016 DoD Small Business Training Week
    May 9-13, 2016 Atlanta, GA

    The Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is pleased to announce registration for the 2016 Department of Defense Small Business Training Week..."Equipped, Focused, and Workforce Ready!", May 9th - 13th, 2016; Atlanta, GA is officially OPEN!! Prepare yourself for a dynamic week full of distinguished guest speakers, engaging General and Plenary sessions and informative workshops intended to stimulate improvement and prepare the audience for working within the evolving Acquisition field. Dedicated to strengthen DoD's commitment to the Small Business community, this event intends to equip the Workforce with flexible solutions, innovative tools, and cutting edge strategies.

    Registration for this exciting event is by INVITATION ONLY and CLOSES Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., est. Don't miss this opportunity...please use the following link to Register Now . Please note, if you know of a Small Business Professional who desires an invitation to this event or if you experience any challenges when registering, please contact Ms. Pamela Wallace, Registrar, (703) 684-4871 or via email;, for assistance. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!!!

    Register Here

  • Updated 03/29/2016:

    2016 Department of Defense Small Business Mentor Protégé Training Week

    Event ​Objectives:
    The ​Office ​of ​Small ​Business ​Programs ​is ​pleased ​to ​announce ​the ​2016 ​Department ​of ​Defense ​Small ​Business ​Mentor ​Protégé ​Training ​Week ​"Develop. ​Create. ​Expand!". ​This ​collaborative ​training ​event ​will ​feature ​a ​variety ​of ​distinguished ​guest ​speakers, ​informative ​training ​sessions, ​matchmaking ​activities, ​and ​networking ​opportunities ​to ​help ​prepare ​firms ​to ​participate ​in ​the ​program ​and ​compete ​for ​defense ​contracting ​and ​subcontracting ​opportunities. ​The ​2016 ​Nunn-Perry ​Awards ​will ​also ​be ​presented ​to ​ten ​Mentor-Protégé ​teams ​for ​exceptional ​performance ​in ​the ​program ​throughout ​the ​past ​year.

    MPTW ​is ​designed ​to ​strengthen ​the ​DoD’s ​commitment ​to ​the ​Small ​Business ​community ​by ​training ​both ​the ​Defense ​Industrial ​Base ​and ​Government ​representatives ​with ​innovative ​solutions, ​cutting ​edge ​acquisition ​practices, ​and ​new ​DoD ​MPP ​policies ​and ​procedures. ​MPTW ​will ​provide ​informative ​training ​opportunities ​intended ​to ​stimulate ​improvement ​and ​prepare ​the ​audience ​for ​working ​within ​the ​evolving ​DoD ​Acquisition ​environment. ​During ​this ​Training ​event ​OSD ​OSBP ​intends ​to ​have ​members ​from ​all ​sectors ​in ​attendance, ​to ​include: ​Industry ​Partners, ​Academia ​Subject ​Matter ​Experts ​Small ​Business ​Specialists, ​Contracting ​Personnel, ​and ​Program ​Managers ​representing ​all ​Military ​Departments ​and ​Other ​Defense ​Agencies. ​

    DOD ​Mentor ​Protégé ​Training ​Week ​workshops ​are ​designed ​to ​facilitate ​open-forum ​discussions ​for ​the ​individual ​Component ​Programs ​and ​the ​DoD ​Mentor ​Protégé ​Program ​as ​a ​whole. ​DOD ​Mentor ​Protégé ​Training ​Week ​will ​serve ​as ​an ​opportunity ​to ​learn ​best ​practices ​and ​solve ​challenges ​faced ​by ​all ​DoD ​components ​in ​their ​administration, ​governance ​and ​execution ​of ​the ​program.

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  • Updated 03/10/2016:

    2016 Small Business HUBZone Summit
    "Building Business Relationships Through Collaboration and Innovation"

    Under the direction of the Honorable Frank Kendall, the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is pleased to announce the 2016 Department of Defense (DoD) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business Summit in Detroit, Michigan on Friday, April 29, 2016 in Detroit, MI.

    This one (1) day event reinforces DoD's commitment to promoting, informing, supporting, and educating small businesses on how best to do business with the department as well as provides an opportunity for the Small Business community to explore contracting opportunities within the defense industry.

    This event will host a Business Matchmaking Session, which is open to all small businesses who register to attend the summit. All participants will be allowed face-to-face meetings with DoD's buying installations in an attempt to match up their compatibility with the buying needs of the Department.

    Register For 2016 Summit

    The cost to attend is $55.00

    Registration for Matchmaking closes Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST AND Summit Registration closes Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST 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).