This section contains policy guidance on DoD Small Business Program and SBA socioeconomic programs. Information is also provided on White House Executive Orders and Memoranda and Department of Defense (DoD) and  Defense Pricing and Contracting guidance.


Department of Defense


Small Business Strategy:

DoD Instructions:



Small Business Professional Guidebooks:

Archive Materials:




Program Authorities

DoD Mentor Protégé Program

  • 10 U.S.C. 4902
  • DFARS Subpart 219.71

Indian Incentive Program

  • FAR 52.226-1 Utilization of Indian Organizations, Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises, and Native Hawaiian Small Business Concerns
  • DFAR 252.226-7001 Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises
  • DFAR 226.103 Indian Incentive Program Procedures
  • 25 USC 1452 Financing Economic Development of Indians and Indian Organizations
  • 43 USC 1601 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
  • 43 USC 1602 Definition of Native Alaskan
  • 25 USC 1544 Additional 5% compensation authorization to contractors of Federal agency
  • PL 100-442 Amendment adding Section 504 to the Indian Financing Act

Project Spectrum

  • P.L 115–232, Sec. 1644
  • P.L 116-283, Sec. 1738, 1724, and 231e

APEX Accelerators

  • P.L. 116-92, Sec. 852c

Rapid Innovative Scalable Enterprise (RISE) (previously known as the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Program)

  • P.L 111–383, Sec. 1073 established the program
  • P.L 114–328, Sec. Section 213 made the program permanent


  • SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 (Pub. L. 117-183)
Other Defense Agencies

Other Defense Agencies