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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.

June 7, 2024

Seminar and Small Business Matchmaking Event Engages Allies on Shared Strategic Objectives

Our team was pleased to participate in the Denmark/US Defense Industry Seminar this week hosted by the Embassy of Denmark and DI Danish Defence and Security Industries.

June 7, 2024

Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Council Launches

Dr. Laura Taylor-Kale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, represented the Department at the inaugural Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Council meeting on May 31 hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency - U.S. Department of Commerce.

June 7, 2024

Army OSBP Director Featured DAU Podcast Guest

Ms. Kim Buehler, Director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs is the guest on the latest edition of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) All Things Small Business podcast.

May 17, 2024

DoD Northeast Regional Training & Matchmaker Event

Small businesses throughout New England and New York gathered in Burlington, Vt. this week for a training and matching making event to connect with government agencies and prime contractors, as well as representatives from state, federal and local resources.

May 17, 2024

OSBP Connects at SOF Week

The Office of Small Business Programs was well represented at SOF Week, May 6-10 in Tampa, Fla.

May 17, 2024

Unlocking Access: Understanding Facility Clearance

If your company provides goods or services to the U.S. government and deals with classified information, you might need a Facility Clearance (FCL).

May 17, 2024

All Things Small Business Episode 9

In the latest Defense Acquisition University "All Things Small Business Podcast" Mr. Ken Carkhuff, EdS talks to Ms. Arveice Washington, Director of the Department of the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs (DON OSBP).

May 10, 2024

Small Business Training Week Ignites the Future

Over 800 federal small business professionals and acquisition personnel participated in Small Business Training Week held in Chicago last week – aptly during National Small Business Week.

May 3, 2024

National Small Business Week

Greetings from Small Business Training Week (SBTW24) in Chicago where 800+ federal small business and acquisition professionals convened for a week-long intensive training event.

May 3, 2024

New Resource for Small Businesses: Investing in America Small Business Hub

Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman recently announced the launch of SBA’s new Investing in America Small Business Hub, the first and only digital portal of its kind providing industry-specific resources to help small businesses tap into new opportunities made possible by President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda.

April 19, 2024

The White House Announces Record Investment in Small Disadvantaged Businesses

On April 12 President Biden announced record investment in small disadvantaged businesses with a record-breaking $76.2 billion, or 12.1% in federal contracting dollars, going to small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) in FY 2023.

April 19, 2024

Meet Us in Michigan Next Week!

DoD Office of Small Business Programs Director, Mr. Farooq Mitha, has a series of engagements with small businesses and industry in Michigan next week.

April 19, 2024

APEX Accelerators are a Critical Front Door for Businesses

APEX Accelerators are a critical front door for businesses new to government contracting to acquire the skills and know-how to compete.

April 19, 2024

Taylor-Kale: Defense Industrial Strategy Already Making Headway in Maritime Space

In January, the DoD released for the first time a National Defense Industrial Strategy, which, among other things, spells out how the department plans to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base.

April 12, 2024

Empowering Small Businesses: A Collaborative Journey at Sea-Air-Space Event

The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) participated in the Sea-Air-Space event held in National Harbor, Md. this week.

April 12, 2024

DAU Acquisition Update Now Available On-Demand

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Acquisition Update is a must-see event for defense acquisition professionals, and the Feb. 21-22 event is now available for download.

April 5, 2024

Ignite the Future: Small Business Training Week

The premier training event of the year for federal acquisition and small business professionals starts in 24 days!

April 5, 2024

First Change to the U.S. Census Reporting in 27 Years

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. Census will change how it identifies people by race and ethnicity.

April 5, 2024

ICAM Networking Days Brings Diverse Collaborators Together

This week, members of our leadership team participated in the DoD’s Innovation Capability and Modernization (ICAM) office’s Networking Days event at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, Va. with representatives from industry, academia, government program offices, and the Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCIEP) directorate.

April 5, 2024

Disaster Loans Available for Small Businesses Affected by Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

Small businesses impacted by the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Maryland last week can apply for a disaster loan of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help overcome any revenue loss.

OSBP and NIST Partner for Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on small business matters, and  U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP) signed a memorandum of agreement on May 02, 2021 to collaborate on strengthening the national security of the small business industrial base.

The new partnership links two DOD organizations with a common mission to assist small businesses and  to achieve shared objectives:

  • Provide training and technical support to small-and-medium U.S. manufacturers engaged or planning to engage with the defense sector.
  • Promote and co-sponsor joint training events beneficial to national security, with an emphasis on cybersecurity for defense manufacturing.
  • Establish direct and consistent relationships at multiple organizational levels within both Parties to document and share complementary assistance best practices.  
  • Develop clear objectives, benchmarks and goals to measure success, added value, and synergy of collaborations between NIST MEP and OUSD(A&S) OSBP.

The OSBP and NIST partnership enables more DOD collaboration and support of small and medium manufacturers (SMMs). They will Collaborate to support the ongoing development and security of the Defense and Industrial Base.

This partnership will combine OSBP’s expertise in leveraging small businesses to close capability gaps for our armed forces with the MEP National Network.  The MEP operational base provides an opportunity for OUSD(A&S) OSBP to serve as a resource for the MEP Program of MEP Centers engages defense sector and defense-relevant manufacturing clients to promote and provide technologies, prototypes and products for National Security missions.