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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

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Acquisition Central

Acquisition.gov is an E-Gov Initiative that aggregates federal acquisition content by providing one website for regulations, systems, resources, opportunities, and training.  This website was designed to create an easily navigable resource to share the efforts to achieve its vision of more efficient and transparent practices through better use of information, people, processes and technology.  Learn more »

BusinessUSA

BusinessUSA isa product of collective thoughts and inputs from the following agencies who have pledged their commitment to making this site a one-stop shop for everything related to business in the USA.  Learn more »

See also:  Loans, Grants, and Financing

Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)

This is generally a self-certifying database.  The SBA does not make any representation as to the accuracy of any of the data included, other than certifications relating to 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone or Small Disadvantaged Business status.  Learn more »

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 Veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.  The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our Veterans by 1) developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by 2) helping you leverage programs and services for Veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.  Learn more »

Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)

The innovative FPDS-NG system allows for millions of procurement transactions from across the federal government to be recorded and reported upon in real-time.  Federal procurement systems previously relied on batch interfaces to provide procurement data to FPDS.  Learn more »

First Report from Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (November 1, 2011)

At the President’s direction, the SBA led the first-ever Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development, which included representation from seven federal agencies and four leading veterans organizations.  The Task Force is focused on increasing the number of veteran-owned businesses and the number of Americans - including other veterans - those businesses employ.  Through public meetings, the Task Force gathered input and ideas which ranged widely in scope, strategy, and feasibility.  The result of their work was compiled in a report, “Empowering Veterans Through Entrepreneurship.”

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)

Historically Underutilized Business Zones — Beyond the programmatic structure of any modern day federal contracting program, there needs to be the HUMAN element.  The HUBZone program propelled by the winds of procurement change.  Learn more »

Minority Business Development Agency (Dept of Commerce)

MBDA an agency in the US Department of Commerce helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of large, medium and small businesses owned and operated by members of the minority and Diaspora communities.  Through a national network of more than 40 business centers and a wide range of domestic and international strategic partners, MBDA provides Agency clients with the technical assistance and access to capital, contract opportunities and new markets that they need to create new jobs.  Learn more »

National Center for the Veteran Institute for Procurement

VIP is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program for veteran businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts by establishing best business practices.  An initiative of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF), VIP is designed by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce GovConNet program.  VIP launched on September 10, 2009.  Learn more »

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.  Learn more »

Office of Women’s Business Ownership

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories.  Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.  Learn more »

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Congress created the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) to help businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.  Funded through Cooperative agreements between DoD and state/local entities, PTACs provide a range of expert services at little or no charge.  Learn more »

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.  Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 12,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.  Learn more »

Small Business Administration

The voice of small business on Capitol Hill since it was created in 1976, the Office of Advocacy works to protect, strengthen and represent the interests of the nation’s small businesses within the Federal Government.  Learn more »

Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a wide array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs supporting business performance and sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities.  These small businesses in turn foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention as a result of the extensive one-on-one long-term counseling, training and specialized services they receive from the SBDCs.  The SBDCs are made up of a unique collaboration of SBA, state and local governments, and private sector funding resources.  Learn more »

Small Business Learning Center

Online Training, Videos, and Chat Sessions…choose your media type!  Access featured training, featured tools and get local assistance.  Learn more »

Small Business Offices — All Federal Agencies

The mission of the Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Directors Interagency Council (OSDBU Council) is to exchange information on methods, initiatives, and best practices among the group that supports the implementation and execution of the Federal small business contracting programs.  The members may use the information within their respective agencies to more effectively utilize small businesses in prime contracts and subcontracts to the maximum extent practicable.  Learn more »

Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Since October 2008, small businesses can self-represent their status as a small disadvantaged business (SDB).  You do not have to submit an application to SBA for SDB status.  To self-represent as an SDB, register your business in the System for Award Management.  However, you and your firm must still understand the SBA eligibility criteria for SDBs.  Learn more »

USDA Rural Development Business

USDA Rural Development is the leading advocate for rural America.  The mission area supports rural communities and enhances quality of life for rural residents by improving economic opportunities, community infrastructure, environmental health, and the sustainability of agricultural production.  Learn more »

VETS-100

The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training service (VETS) and Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has supported affirmative action’s to employ and advance in employment, “covered Veterans” since 2008.  VETS has a legislative requirement to collect, and make available to OFCCP, reported data contained on the VETS-100 and/or VETS-100A reports for compliance enforcement.  Learn more »

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