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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization


VA Small and Veteran Business Programs


VA Small and Veteran Business Programs implement the requirements to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small and Veteran business concerns.


When acquiring products and services, the federal government must award these businesses a fair proportion of total VA property and services purchases, contracts, and subcontracts.

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Small Business Set-Asides

Federal agencies are required to set aside certain contracts for qualified small business concerns only. Limiting competition to these firms ensures that small businesses do not have to compete with large businesses for the same contracts or procurement opportunities.

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Non-Manufacturer Rule

The Non-Manufacturer Rule stipulates that "a recipient of a contract set aside for small business or the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) contract program, other than the actual manufacturer or processor, must provide the products of a small business."

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Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Goals

Federal contractors are required to maintain an acceptable subcontracting plan if they are a large business (including all affiliates) and the estimated dollar value of the base contract and all option periods exceeds, or is expected to exceed, $700,000.

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Government Contracting

The federal government procures goods and services from small businesses based on needs and following regulations that govern federal contracts.

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