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).
Army does not offer loans or grants to begin or expand a small business.
You will find out how in our interactive instructional module, 11 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.
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.
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.
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. NAICS was developed and adopted in 1997 to allow for a high level of comparability in business statistics among the North American countries. The official U.S. Government website provides the latest information NAICS: https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics
The Small Business Administration size standards determine whether or not your business is considered small. Size standards define the largest size a business can be to participate in government contracting programs and compete for contracts reserved or set aside for small businesses. Size standards vary by industry, and are generally based on the number of employees or the amount of annual receipts the business has. You can find small business size regulations in Title 13 Part 121 of the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR). Additional information can be found on the SBA website: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/size-standards.
OSBP posts upcoming events of interest for small business vendors to its online Calendar of Events.
To act as an advocate to maximize small business opportunities in support of the mission of their organization.
To locate a small business in your area, refer to the System for Award Management (SAM).