Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information about programs and services for the small business community.  To learn about programs and services offered through the SBA, the NRL encourages all small business concerns to visit the SBA web-site.  Information is available on starting, financing, expanding, and growing your business. The web-site also provides a listing of SBA offices, outreach initiatives, and links to helpful information on programs such as:

  • SDB - A link for information on the Small and Disadvantaged Business Program.  Discusses applying for certification and eligibility requirements.
  • Woman Owned Small Business Program - Discover the resources and guidance provided by the SBA to women entrepreneurs.
  • Veteran Owned Small Business Program - This site is dedicated to serving Veteran entrepreneurs. Find out about the assistance provided to veterans seeking to develop and start small businesses by the SBA.

SUB-Net - An outreach effort to assist the small business community in locating subcontracting opportunities in various locations throughout the United States.

The U.S. Business Advisor - A one-stop electronic link to federal government information, services, and transactions.

The Office of Naval Research & The Naval Research Laboratory

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have coordinated their efforts to better serve the small business community in providing the best information possible.  Some specific topics of interest at the Office of Naval Research and/or the Naval Research Laboratory are:

Subcontracting Plans - Information regarding requirements for and establishing Small Business Subcontracting Plans is available at ONR Small Business Programs. Also available are the Subcontracting Reporting Forms (SF294 and SF295).

Broad Agency Announcements (BAA)

Small business concerns, small disadvantaged business concerns, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and HUBZone Small Business concerns may submit proposals under a BAA topic listed.



Requests for Proposals (RFP's)



Department of Defense

ACQWeb is the official web site for the Office for the Under the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.  It is accessible to the public and contains vast amounts of information about the Department of Defense's functions, activities, and projects.

  • Department of Defense, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (SADBU) web site is a good site to download publications (i.e. Subcontracting Opportunities with DoD Major Prime Contractors, Listing of DoD Offices and Small Business Specialists, Handbook "Selling to the Military", DISA deskbook, etc.), look at procurement forecasts and learn about various SADBU Programs. The official web-sites for the programs are listed below:
  • Mentor Protégé Program - Provides valuable information about the Mentor Protégé  program, including a list of current
    participants, success stories, contacts, etc.
  • Women-Owned Small Business Program - This web-site highlights the Department of Defense’s efforts to achieve the 5% goal for awarding contracts to women owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) - This web-site discusses the agreements made by the Department of Defense to provide technical assistance to minority institutions, which includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Veteran-owned Small Business Program - The Department of Defense (DoD) has identified small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service disabled veterans. The purpose is to improve prime and subcontracting opportunities for veteran and service-disabled veteran owned small business concerns.
  • DoD Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program - This test program allows for the negotiation and administration of comprehensive ("company-wide") small business (SB) subcontracting plans, versus individual SB subcontracting plans. The purpose is to reduce administrative burdens on large business concerns while improving subcontracting opportunities for small business concerns.
  • DoD, Office of Small and Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization Regional Councils - There are eight regional councils sponsored by the DoD ‘s SADBU office. The DOD Regional Councils for Small Business Education and advocacy are a nationwide network of small business specialists organized to promote the National Small Business Programs of the United States.

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program were designed to encourage small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses to be technically innovative in meeting the needs of the Department of Defense in the area of research and development. The NRL and the ONR encourage small business participation in these programs.  For information on these programs visit the following sites:

The Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program – is a program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. Under this program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide assistance to business firms that want to sell goods and/or services to Federal, state and local governments. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is George Mason University, located in Arlington, VA.

The Department of the Navy

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization - Office of the Secretary of the Navy - The Department of the Navy's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization monitors the Navy's SADBU Program.  The information provided is intended to assist the small business community with Navy and Marine Corps acquisition proceedings.