DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION (DoD SADBU)
The Department of Defense SADBU office provides DoD-wide small business policy and oversight to ensure compliance by all military departments and defense agencies.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SMALL BUSINESS SPECIALISTS
The Military Services and some Defense Agencies have small business specialists at each of their procurement and contract management offices to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services with the DoD. Among other services, these specialists provide counseling services on (1) Department of Defense procurement procedures, (2) how to identify prime contract and subcontract opportunities, (3) how to market your products and services within their activity, and (4) how to do business with their activity. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency each maintain a list of their Small Business Specialists. A link to each service organization is provided at this website.
DEPARTMENT OF NAVY OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION (DoN SADBU)
The Department of the Navy's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization monitors the Department's SADBU program implementation, and, at the secretariat level, serves as the focal point for all SADBU program-related matters. The website provides information to familiarize small businesses with the Navy and Marine Corps and to assist in marketing products and services to the Navy and Marine Corps. It is important to use the tools provided on the website to identify potential markets for your products and services since the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition structure is decentralized.
FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES (FedBizOpps)
FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities. Most Federal and Department of Defense procurements in excess of $25,000 are posted on the FedBizOpps website at http://www.fedbizopps.gov . Recent search engine enhancements now allow simultaneous active/archive search, search by synopsis type, date-range search, NAICS code search and search-within-search features. The FedBizOpps system also includes the capability to join and view a published list of vendors interested in a particular solicitation. This is useful for vendors who are interested in teaming on procurement opportunities. In order to register as an interested vendor for a particular solicitation, the "Register as Interested Vendor" button must be available from the listing page for a solicitation. If the contracting officer has not enabled this service for this solicitation number, then the "Register as Interested Vendor" button will not be available. In this case, you will need to contact the point of contact listed in the synopsis for information regarding the bidder's list. The SF 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application is obsolete and no longer used for requesting to be added to the solicitation mailing list.
PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTERS (PTACs)
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the country are local procurement resources partially funded by the Department of Defense. Over 90 Centers across the country provide free technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state and/or local governments.
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) is a standardized set of regulations used by all federal agencies in making purchases. It provides procedures for every step in the procurement process, from the time someone in the government discovers a need for a product or service to the time the purchase is complete.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
Department of Defense implementation and supplementation of the FAR is issued in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).
Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NMCARS) and Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Guide (NMCAG)
The Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NMCARS) implements and supplements the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement and contains mandatory policies and procedures including delegations of authority and assignment of responsibilities. The Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Guide (NMCAG) primarily addresses administrative matters including procedures for processing documents for higher-level approval, internal reporting requirements, and discretionary practices.
SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE)
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association that provides entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and 24/7 email business counseling. Counseling and workshops are offered at 389 chapter offices nationwide by 10,500 volunteers who are experienced entrepreneurs or corporate managers/executives.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
Since 1953, the SBA has provided assistance to small business with an array of programs tailored to encourage small enterprises in all areas. SBA's programs now include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities, and armed forces veterans. The SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade. SBA now has over 3,000 employees and at least one SBA district office in each state along with multiple resource partners to support the needs of the small business community.