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Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Navy (DON) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is dedicated to supporting the needs of small businesses. The following questions are the most frequently received inquiries from small businesses to our office.

If you have additional questions, please call 202.685.6485 or email OSBP.info@navy.mil.

 

What is the role of the Secretary of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)?

The SECNAV OSBP is a small business advocacy organization committed to maximizing procurement opportunities for small businesses and minority-serving educational institutions in support of SECNAV goal to identify and develop small businesses that can support the Navy-Marine Corps force for tomorrow.

Does the SECNAV OSBP award contracts?

No. The vast majority of Navy contracts are awarded by Navy Buying Activities.

What does the Department of the Navy buy?

The Department of the Navy has ten Commands (Head (major) contracting activities). There you will find their mission and requirements. Click here.

How do I do business with the Department of the Navy?

OSBP has created a "Ten Steps to Success" online module. The 10 steps are designed to assist small businesses with obtaining the required information necessary to do business with the Department of the Navy. Click here for "10 Steps to Success".

How is a small business defined or categorized?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period.

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. Click here to determine your company's NAICS code(s).

What are NAICS and SIC codes?

The United States has a new industry classification system, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS is the first-ever North American industry classification system. The system was developed by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide comparable statistics across the three countries. For the first time, government and business analysts are able to directly compare industrial production statistics collected and published in the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries.

What entity established the size standards within a certain industry?

The SBA is responsible for establishing size standards for the different industries in the economy. Click here to determine your company's size standard. (Additional business size standard information can be obtained from SBA's Office of Size Standards).

How can I certify my company as a small business (Small, Small-Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, HUBZone)?

The HUBZone, Small Disadvantaged Business, and 8(a) programs require official certification from the Small Business Administration; you must apply for those directly. The remaining categories are self-certifying and no formal certification is required. Self-certification is not questioned until a competitor or other interested party protests.

What is the difference between 8(a) certification and SDB certification?

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 (see http://www.sba.gov/).

Who do I contact regarding my goods and/or services?

Contact your nearest Small Business Professional. Refer to OSBP's online Location Map to obtain the contact information for any Department of the Navy Small Business Professionals.

What is the role of a Small Business Professional?

To act as an advocate to maximize small business opportunities in support of the mission of their organization.

How can I contact a Small Business Professional in my state?

Our Small Business Professional Location Map includes the contact information for all Department of the Navy Small Business Professionals.

How do I find out about upcoming conferences and events?

OSBP posts upcoming events of interest for small business vendors to our online Small Business Conferences.

How can I view the opportunities available within the Department of the Navy (DON) and Department of Defense (DoD) for small businesses?

You can identify current procurement opportunities in your product or service area by checking the Federal Business Opportunities website www.fedbizopps.gov. It can also assist you in identifying Navy, as well as other Federal procurement opportunities. The DoD and OSBP link to their procurement forecast opportunities. Visit the DoD Small Business website to learn about Doing Business with DoD and to view DoD's Subcontracting Opportunities. Also, view the DoN Commands mission, requirements and contracting opportunities.

How do I identify subcontracting opportunities?

Regardless of your product or service it is important that you do not neglect our very large secondary market, Subcontracting Opportunities with DoD Prime Contractors, which is available from our Doing Business with DoD page. This document lists all major DoD prime contractors by state and provides a point of contact (Small Business Liaison Officer) within each firm. We encourage you to investigate potential opportunities with these firms. Many also have websites that may be useful and we encourage you and them to team with each other.

The SBA's SUB-Net is a valuable source for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities. Solicitations or notices are posted not only by prime contractors, but the SUB-Net is also used by other government, commercial, and educational entities.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my contract?

For questions about your contract, contact the Contracting Officer assigned to the Command that awarded the contract. Vendors may also contact the Small Business Professional. Note: Have the contract number available prior to calling the Small Business Professional!

Where can I find DoD contracting procedures and clauses?

These are contained in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

How can I obtain assistance or training to prepare bid proposals?

The Small Business Administration provides valuable information on applicable training resources. Another resource is the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs). PTACs are located in most states and partially funded by DoD to provide small business concerns with information on how to do business with the Department of Defense. They provide training and counseling on marketing, financial, and contracting issues at minimal or no cost.

How do I contact other small businesses?

To locate a small business in your area, refer to the Central Contractor Registration website.

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