Small Business and the DoD
If you are a small business owner or business developer and would like to know how you can work with the Department of Defense, this is where you should start. Here you will find links to information on the "Basics" of contracting with the DoD, details on programs and other initiatives overseen by the DoD and other federal agencies and numerous resources that will help you find opportunities to support the Warfighter.
This is the "how-to" section of working with the DoD. Information includes guides on marketing to the DoD, government contracting basics, subcontracting fundamentals, procurement forecasts, how to contact and work with DoD Small Business Professionals and other opportunities.
Detailed on these pages are the three programs that the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs oversees:
- Mentor Protégé Program: Encourages major contractors to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses
- SBIR/STTR: Harnesses the innovative talents and entrepreneurial energies of our nation's small technology companies
- Indian Incentive Program: Provides a rebate back to prime contractors on the total amount they subcontract to Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises or Indian Organizations
Areas of policy focus for the DoD's Office of Small Business Programs include:
- Women-Owned Small Business
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
- Comprehensive Subcontracting Test Program
- Regional Councils
- Historically Underutilized Business Zones Program
The Office of Small Business Programs recognizes the importance of training that helps improve the administrative, marketing and management skills of small business that support the Warfighter. As OSBP identifies these federal training opportunities it will list them on this this page.
Department of Defense- and federal civil agency-sponsored or endorsed conferences for small businesses provide an opportunity to learn first-hand from government experts and leadership about small business opportunities with the DoD.
As part of the President's Management Agenda for Electronic Government (E-Gov), the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) was developed to collect subcontracting accomplishments.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about OSBP's policy making, programs and related federal small business initiatives are listed here.