Common Entry Point for Small Businesses


Ignite the Future! Mark your calendars for this year's Small Business Training Week to be held April 29-May 3, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Farooq Mitha, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, published a year-end message reflecting on the progress made this year, milestones achieved, and sharing gratitude for the collaboration toward the shared mission.
On Dec. 26, 2023, DoD published the much-anticipated proposed rule change for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.
About 1/3 of imposter scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission involve someone posing as a Government official.
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?
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.
Project Spectrum is a DoD initiative that provides information, training, and risk assessments to help vendors improve cyber readiness and comply with DoD requirements.


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

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Feb. 16, 2024

Congressional Small Business Fireside Chat

The Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) hosted the first Small Business Fireside Chat of 2024 yesterday with members from the House Small Business Committee as part of National Entrepreneurship Week.

Feb. 16, 2024

OSBP Director Interview: How the DoD is Helping Michigan Small Businesses

In advance of a small business and industry engagement roundtable at Schoolcraft College on Friday, Feb. 16, Mr. Farooq Mitha was on News/Talk 760 WJR Radio-Detroit discussing ways the United States Department of Defense, in collaboration with The U.S. Small Business Administration and other local partners such as APEX Accelerators and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), help small businesses acquire the knowledge to compete and win government contracts.

Feb. 16, 2024

Project Spectrum Presents at WEST Conference

This week, Derrick Davis, Director for Industrial Cybersecurity, Office of Small Business Programs, spoke about Project Spectrum at WEST 2024, the premier sea services conference and exposition on the West Coast that brings military and industry together to explore current and future naval platforms and technologies.

Feb. 9, 2024

Defense Pricing and Contracting Year in Review Released

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment's Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) team undertakes key initiatives to support the DoD pricing and contracting community in their ability to acquire and deliver capabilities to meet Warfighter needs.

Feb. 9, 2024

Small Business Training Week Registration Now Open

Registration for the 10th Annual Small Business Training Week is open at www.SBTW24.com.



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.






The National 8(a) Small Business Conference is Feb. 5-7, 2024 in Atlanta. A supplier diversity networking event for small businesses, federal agencies, large business primes, and corporate companies.


The WEST Naval Conference and Exposition is Feb. 13-15, 2024 in San Diego. Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, WEST connects makers of platforms and the designers of technologies to network, discuss, and demonstrate their solutions in a single locale. 



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