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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?
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APEX Accelerators are accelerating American entrepreneurship. Learn about the services they provide to small businesses.


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. 

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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.
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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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          business with the Federal government.

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Nov. 17, 2023

Department of Commerce Hosts First National Muslim American Leaders Convening

Mr. Farooq Mitha, Director of the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), joined leaders from across the federal government and industry this week for the first National Muslim American Leaders Convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Nov. 17, 2023

OSBP Recognized for Exceeding Subcontracting Goals

The Department of Defense was honored with the National Veteran Small Business Coalition - NVSBC Champions Award for meeting or exceeding goals established for subcontracting to service-disabled and/or veteran-owned small businesses (SD/VOSBs) in FY22.

Nov. 17, 2023

Spotlight: Empowering Native-owned Businesses

The Indian Incentive Program (IIP) fosters new opportunities for Indian organizations, Indian-owned economic enterprises, or Native Hawaiian small business concerns.

Nov. 3, 2023

New APEX Accelerator Opens in Dearborn, Mich.

The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) held a soft launch opening event for a new APEX Accelerator location in Dearborn, Mich. on October 26.

Nov. 3, 2023

Resilient Defense Industrial Base Critical for Deterring Conflict

Ensuring a resilient defense industrial base requires steady demand signals from government to the industry, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment said.



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.






DISA annual Forecast to Industry | Nov. 6

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) annual Forecast to Industry event is Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, Md. The no-cost event provides DISA’s industry partners with in-depth information about DISA's acquisition and procurement plans. Learn More>>


CCAP Industry Days Expo | Nov. 14-15

The California Contracting, Acquisition, and Procurement (CCAP) Industry Days Expo is Nov. 14-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif. CCAP is a defense and security solutions conference with an array of new opportunities for small businesses and prime contractors. Learn More>>


I/ITSEC 2023 | Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

I/ITSEC 2023 is Nov. 27 - Dec 1 in Orlando, Fla. I/ITSEC is the event where challenges, people, technologies, and innovative methods come together. While much of the focus is on our warfighters and first responders, nothing advances without an effective synergy between people from government, industry, and academia. Learn More>>

Eastern Defense Summit | Dec. 6-7

The Eastern Defense Summit is Dec. 6-7 in Charleston, S.C. This event is one of the largest defense-focused events on the East Coast, bringing more than 1,800 government, military, academia, and industry leaders together to better understand and address today’s challenges and threats within our defense industry. Learn More>>



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