Common Entry Point for Small Businesses


Register now for this year's MPP Summit!
DoD Small Business Scorecard FY23
The Mentor-Protégé Program has an updated list of approved mentors available in the MPP Resources section.
On Dec. 26, 2023, DoD published the much-anticipated proposed rule change for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.
The Office of Small Business Programs maximizes opportunities for small businesses to contribute to national security by providing combat power for our troops and economic power for our nation.
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You're a small business owner interested in working with the DoD, but how do you get from where you are now to winning a coveted contract?


Committed to Inclusion


Explore the programs you may be eligible for
to support your federal contracting goals:


Women-Owned Small BusinessWoman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program authorizes
Contracting Officers to award sole-source contracts to WOSBs. 

Additional Resources>>



Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small BusinessService-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

The qualities developed in the military- discipline, tenacity,
and adaptability-  make Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned
Small Businesses (SDVOSB) excellent entrepreneurs. 
Additional Resources>>



HUBZoneHistorically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)

In full and open competition, a HUBZone-certified
company bid is given a 10 percent price-evaluation
preference. Additional Resources>>




Small Disadvantaged BusinessSmall Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

Each year, the Federal Government awards about 10%
of all Federal contract dollars, or roughly $50 billion in 
contracts, to Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
                              Additional Resources>>




To help provide a level playing field for small businesses
owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people
or entities, the government limits competition for certain
contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business 
                                Development program. Additional Resources>>





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     Contract Opportunities

          The System for Award Management (SAM)
          is a government-wide registry for doing
          business with the Federal government.

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June 21, 2024

OSBP Director Participates in Supply Chain Summit

Mr. Farooq Mitha, Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), spoke at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Supply Chain Summit on June 13 in Arlington, Va.

June 14, 2024

DoD Leaders Brief Congressional Staff on Industrial Base and Small Business Issues

In an unclassified briefing last week to 84 Congressional staffers, including House Armed Services Committee staff, Senate Small Business Committee staff, Legislative Directors, and Military Legislative Assistants, Dr. Laura Taylor-Kale, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy; and Mr. Farooq Mitha, Director of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs, provided an overview of the current threat environments facing the defense industrial base and small business industrial base, existing plans and programs to address these issues, and a vision for where the Department is going.

June 14, 2024

Public Input Sought on Rule Change Affecting Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses self-certification rule change will go into effect on August 5, 2024, unless there are significant adverse comments received.

June 14, 2024

Special Video Invitation to Attend the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program Summit July 29-August 1

Ms. Kasey Diaz, Director of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program invites you to watch this video for your special invitation to the Mentor-Protégé Program Summit.

June 7, 2024

Registration Open for DoD Mentor-Protégé Program Summit

Registration is now open for the highly anticipated DoD Mentor-Protégé Program Summit in Detroit, Mich., July 29-August 1.



DoD Mentor-Protégé Program

DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) is the oldest continuously operating federal mentor-protégé program in existence. Originally established in the midst of the First Gulf War, the MPP helps eligible small businesses expand their footprint in the defense industrial base. Under the MPP, small businesses are partnered with larger companies. In the past five years, DoD’s MPP has successfully helped more than 190 small businesses fill unique niches and become part of the military’s supply chain. Many mentors have made the MPP an integral part of their sourcing plans. Protégés have used their involvement in the MPP to develop technical capabilities. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD. Learn More>>

Register Now: The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program Summit is July 27 - Aug. 1, 2024

The excitement is building as we count down to our upcoming conference! We cannot wait to have you join us and be a part of this amazing event. View the special invitation from Ms. Kasey Diaz, OSBP Deputy Director.


APEX Accelerators: Helping Small Businesses
Learn How to Navigate the Procurement Process


Assistance for small businesses who are looking for opportunities to do business with the DoD is available at 96 APEX Accelerators across the country. APEX Accelerators are essentially the front door for small businesses to gain the education and training to become capable of participating in federal, state, and local government contracts. Meet an APEX Accelerator client and hear about their success in the following video.





Mentor-Protégé (MPP) Summit 2024  | July 29 - Aug. 1

Join us in Detroit, July 29 - August 1, 2024, and seize the opportunity to engage with businesses, from large corporations to small enterprises. MPP Summit provides a platform for one-on-one networking that can enhance the growth and collaboration of companies within the defense industry. The event will also cover important information about the DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program for small businesses.

Introducing: Pitch Perfect at the Mentor-Protégé Summit 

Attention small businesses with technology or an innovative business model aimed at DoD critical technology areas or industrial base initiatives: Introducing Pitch Perfect, a special opportunity for qualified teams to secure an accelerated mentor-protégé agreement during the DoD Mentor-Protégé Summit in Detroit, July 29-August 1. 

Pitch Perfect is an exciting addition to our event line-up and features a live competition in which teams present technology or innovative business models aimed at DoD critical technology areas or industrial base initiatives. The goal is to demystify the Mentor-Protégé application and evaluation process for potential protégé companies and accelerate the award of up to six Mentor-Protégé Agreements (pending post-event documentation). For official rules and application instructions visit: DoDMPPSummit24.com.

Pitch Perfect Highlights:
✨ 20-minute pitches
✨ Judging panel of industry experts
✨ Potential award of up to six Mentor-Protégé Agreements (MPAs)
✨ Apply by July 8, 2024




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