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Small Business

The success of our small business program can be directly attributed to our continued efforts to promote open dialogue with both private industry and government personnel. This is being done in several ways, most notably through our outreach and conferences that provide training to all Army acquisition personnel. Forums with government personnel provide an opportunity for us to discuss the most recent policies and procedures affecting the program with those responsible for implementing and awarding contracts. Outreach events and conferences with private industry personnel allow us to discuss how to conduct business with the Army.

Service-Disabled / Veteran-Owned

The Army is committed to increasing contracting opportunities to “Warrior Entrepreneurs” - Veteran and Service-Disabled small business owners. Since FY2005, prime contract awards to SDVOSB firms have increased in excess of 400 percent.


The Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program is conceivably one of the most dynamic programs introduced in the last few years. This program has the potential (with the help of DoD Prime Contractors) of encouraging the development of SDB's, HBCUs, and MIs to not only support this nation's defense but to also help build a stronger economic base for America.

Small Disadvantaged Business / 8(a)

Our objective is to provide every possible assistance to Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) who wish to do business with the Army. We offer information on procurement opportunities and guidance on procurement procedures. The Army's Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) provides opportunities for SDBs to be mentored by Army prime contractors. A special initiative under the Army MPP seeks successful graduates of the SBA's 8(a) Program and other successful SDBs who wish to act as mentors to emerging 8(a) contractors.


The Department of Army is committed to expanding opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to compete in the Defense marketplace. Women are changing the face of America's economy. WOSBs are increasing in number, industry categories, and earning power. As WOSBs expand their capabilities, they also increase their ability to meet the needs of the Warfighter with creative, capable, and competitive proposals.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Empowerment Contracting Program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-135). The final rule for the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program was published on June 11, 1998.


Regardless of your product or service it is important that you not neglect our very large secondary market. Subcontracting Opportunities with DoD Prime Contractors lists all of the major DoD prime contractors by state and provides a point of contact (Small Business Liaison Officer) within each firm. These firms negotiate goals with the contracting activities for subcontracting to small business concerns. This is a multi-billion dollar market.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions

Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) are a source of accomplishment and great pride for minority communities, the Army, DoD, and our Nation. The Army initiated its HBCU/MI program in 1987, and has been successful in strengthening the relationship between the Army Laboratories/Research Centers and the HBCU/MI community. Public Law 111-84, SEC 252, 10 USC 2362 (Oct 28, 2009) (Establishment Of Program To Enhance Participation Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities And Minority-Serving Institutions In Defense Research Programs), allows assistance to be provided to HBCU/MIs to assist the Department of Defense in defense-related research, development, testing and evaluation. We will continue to seek out the talents and innovations of HBCU/MIs in carrying out the Army's mission.

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs allow small, high-tech U.S. businesses (less than 500 employees) and academia the opportunity to provide innovative research and development solutions in response to critical Army needs.