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SPECIAL CATEGORIES OF SMALL BUSINESS
WOSB
The Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program authorizes Contracting Officers to award sole-source contracts to WOSBs.
SDVOSB
The qualities veterans developed in the military—discipline, tenacity and adaptability—make them excellent entrepreneurs
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HUBZONE
In full-and-open competitions, HUBZone-certified companies’ bids are given a 10-percent-price-evaluation preference.
SPECIAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
SBIR/STTR
DoD’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program invests more than $1 billion each year in small business technology.

RIF
The Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program inserts promising and mature technologies with immediate application potential into programs of record. 

MPP
In the past five years, proteges participating in DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) have been awarded more than $6.5 billion in contracts and subcontracts.

IIP
The Indian Incentive Program (IIP) helps Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises win subcontracts. 

VELOCITER
The Velociter program guides and nurtures small businesses and innovators beyond Phase II of the DoD SBIR program. 

STEM
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative nurtures small businesses with a STEM mission. 

MISSION ACHIEVEMENTS CYBERSECURITY

We maximize 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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In fiscal year 2017, DoD awarded 23 percent of small-business-eligible-prime-contract spending to small businesses, earning an "A" in the SBA's Small Business Procurement Scorecard. 
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DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 requires defense contractors, including small businesses, to provide adequate security to safeguard covered defense information. 
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TWEETS

 

NEWS

HOW TO ENGAGE DOD
Mr. Shannon Jackson, DoD OSBP's Acting Director, discussed how small businesses can engage the Department of Defense at a National Veteran Small Business Coalition (DC Chapter) meeting on Dec. 12, 2018, in Arlington, Va. Watch a video of his presentation here and download his slides here.

CYBERSECURITY
In this video, a panel of government experts explains how to comply with DoD's cybersecurity requirements.

BPIIMPTW18 SLIDES
Check out the slides from DoD's Beyond Phase II Mentor-Protege Training Week (BPIIMPTW18) conference, which was Aug. 14-16, 2018, in Orlando Fla. This premiere event featured 725 matchmaking meetings, 523 attendees, 58 speakers, 53 matchmaking hosts, 44 slide decks, 21 breakout sessions and 12 general sessions

SDVOSB SUCCESS STORY
Mr. Thomas Moore, 
a Marine Corps veteran, and Mr. Lafayette Thomas, a decorated Army Joint Endeavor veteran, own and operate TM3 Solutions, an 8(a) service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

The veterans, who met while working out at a gym, founded their own separate companies before deciding to become partners. In 2009, TM3 hired its first employee. Today, TM3 employs more than 50 full-time staff. We spoke to Mr. Moore and Mr. Thomas to learn how they navigated TM3’s path to success. Your can read the conversation here.