Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

The Department of Defense (DoD) has undertaken an aggressive outreach effort to identify small business concerns that are owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans. The purpose of the DoD outreach effort is to improve prime and subcontracting opportunities for veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. The DoD believes that the sacrifices made by veterans in the service of our country needs to be recognized at all levels of government. Moreover, the Defense Department is committed to make the maximum practicable prime and subcontracting opportunities available to such firms.

The DoD's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is a policy office that advises the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) on small business acquisition programs. This office does not award contracts or subcontracts. Contracting is done through the Military Services and the Defense Agencies. Our contacts page lists DoD Small Business Offices involved with SDVOSB related contracting.

As a Veteran, you probably have several questions about how to do business with the Department of Defense. We recommend first determining if your business qualifies as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Certain set-aside and sole source contracts are available for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and SDVOSB Guide for more information.

Veteran's and service-disabled veterans interested in marketing their business to the DoD should review our 10 step guide for doing business with the DoD.

DoD Strategies for Implementing Executive Order 13360

Presidential Executive Order 13360 [PDF] calls for a significant increase in federal contracting and subcontracting opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. The central feature of the Executive Order calls for all Federal agencies to develop a strategic plan to significantly increase its contracting and subcontracting with small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. The Department of Defense has put a bold and aggressive plan in place in response to Presidential Executive Order 13360.

Mentor-Protégé Program Expanded to Service-Disabled Veterans and HUBZones

Eligibility for Protégé participation has been extended to Small Business concerns owned and controlled by Service-Disabled Veterans, and to qualified HUBZone small business concerns. (Public Law 108-375, Section 842. Amendment to Mentor-Protégé Program)