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The Department of Defense (DoD) Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy are a nationwide network of small business professionals organized to promote the Federal Small Business Programs.

To achieve the strategic goal of "Creating maximum opportunities for small businesses", the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) established seven regional councils across the country. The Councils primary objective is to promote the Federal Small Business Programs, to include Small Business, HUBZone Small Business, Women-Owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, DOD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program and Indian Incentive Program. The Councils provide a single forum for small business professionals to train, exchange ideas and experiences, as well as share and disseminate information on the Federal Small Business Programs with a focus on collectively addressing issues of importance to small businesses. As a result, the council members are kept abreast of statutes, policies, trends and technologies affecting the Small Business Programs. The Councils also offer a direct link between the small business program policy office and those who implement the policy.

Small business professionals from government (DoD and other federal agencies), industry (Small Business Liaison Officers) and resource partners (Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Minority and Business Development Centers, etc.) comprise the council membership.

As sponsor of the Councils, the DoD OSBP is actively involved. The OSBP provides general support, assists with training efforts and the development of overall goals and objectives. However, each council functions separately, electing board members, organizing committees and conducting meetings and training sessions.

Charter

DoD Regional Council Charter

DoD Regional Council Charter References

DLA Office of Small Business Programs memorandum, DoD Area Small Business Councils, (1 April 1993)

DoD Directive 4205.01, DoD Small Business Programs 

DoD OSBP Guidance on DoD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy (part 1 of 3), (23 March 2009)

DoD OSBP Policy Guidance on DoD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy (Part 1 of 3), (28 September 1995)

DoD OSBP Memorandum, Realignment of the DoD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy (part 2 of 3), (27 November 1995)

DoD OSBP Memorandum, Realignment of the DoD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy (part 3 of 3), (20 December 1995)

DoD OSBP Policy Letter, Regional Small Business Council Support, (13 June 1990)

OUSD Memorandum, Establishment of Area Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Councils, (16 April 1980) and OSBP Memorandum (6 April 1982)

OUSD R&E Memorandum, Establishment of Area Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Councils, (16 April 1980) and OSBP Memorandum (6 April 1982) note 3

OUSD(AT&L) Memorandum, Better Buying Power 2.0, Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending, (24 April 2013)

OUSD(AT&L) Memorandum, Better Buying Power 2.0, Continuing the Prusite for Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending, (13 Nov 2012)

 

 

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