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Army OSBP FAQs

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What is the role of the U.S. Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)?

The Army OSBP is a small business advocacy organization committed to maximizing procurement opportunities for small businesses and minority-serving educational institutions in support of the Warfighter and Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN).

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What does Army buy?

Click here to check what the Army buys.

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Does the Army OSBP award contracts?

No. Army contracts are awarded by Army buying activities.

Click here for the roster of Small Business Specialists at each Army buying activity

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Does Army offer business loans or grants to start or expand a small business?

Army does not offer loans or grants to begin or expand a small business. For loans, please contact the U.S. Small Business Administration or call 1-800-827-5722.

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What is the difference between 8(a) certification and SDB certification?

The 8(a) program is a business development program that offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms. SDB certification pertains to benefits in Federal procurement. 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification. Please see the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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How do I do business with the Army?

Please visit the "training" section of our website (by clicking the "For Small Businesses" tab in the main menu) to access the various channels and materials for assistance. There you will find our interactive instructional module, "13 Steps to Doing Business with the Army", which is designed to assist small businesses in obtaining required certifications necessary to do business with the Army.

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How can I certify my company as a (small, small disadvantaged, woman-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone) small business?

The HUBZone, Small Disadvantaged Business, and 8(a) programs require official certification from the Small Business Administration; you must apply for those directly. The remaining categories are self-certifying and no formal certification is required.

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Who do I contact regarding my goods and/or services?

Contact your nearest small business specialist. Refer to OSBP’s online Specialist Locator to obtain the contact information for any U.S. Army Small Business Specialists.

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How is a small business defined or categorized?

A small business concern is a business, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on contracts and qualified as a small business under the applicable size standards in 13 CFR Part 121 (FAR 19.102).

The size standard is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and is currently figured by either dollar revenue or number of employees. Click here to determine your company’s NAICS code(s).

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What are NAICS and SIC codes?

The United States has a new industry classification system, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS is the first-ever North American industry classification system. The system was developed by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide comparable statistics across the three countries. For the first time, government and business analysts are able to directly compare industrial production statistics collected and published in the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries.

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What entity established the size standards within a certain industry?

SBA is responsible for establishing size standards for the different industries in the economy. Click here to determine your company’s size standard.

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How do I find out about upcoming events?

OSBP posts upcoming events of interest for small business vendors to its online Calendar of Events.

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What is the role of a small business specialist?

To act as an advocate to maximize small business opportunities in support of the mission of their organization.

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How can I contact a small business specialist in my state?

Our Specialist Locator includes the contact information for all U.S. Army Small Business Specialists.

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How do I locate a small business in my area?

To locate a small business in your area, refer to the System for Award Management (SAM).

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Who do I contact if I have questions about my contract?

For questions about your contract, contact the Contracting Officer assigned to the agency that awarded the contract. Vendors may also contact the small business specialist.

Note: Have the contract number available prior to calling the small business specialist.

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How can I donate supplies in an emergency situation or during wartime?

To make donations in an emergency situation or during wartime, you must contact the Department of the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, at (703) 681-7453.

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As an IT service company, how can I do business with Army?

The Army National Capital Region Contracting Center specializes in procurement of commercially-available IT hardware and services.

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How can I obtain assistance or training to prepare bid proposals?

The Small Business Administration provides valuable information on applicable training resources. Another resource is the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) located in each state.