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Message from the Director

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Ms. Emily Harman
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Department of the Navy

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I am pleased to announce the publication of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of Small Business Program's (OSBP) FY 19-20 Strategic Plan.

As stated in the National Defense Strategy, “The Department’s technological advantage depends on a healthy and secure national security innovation base that includes both traditional and nontraditional defense partners.” Small businesses are a critical team member and a key catalyst to accelerate innovation. The DON OSBP is leading the charge to maximize opportunities for small businesses to participate as prime and subcontractors in support of the Navy and Marine Corps. Utilizing small businesses capabilities should be a primary choice. "Small Business - The First Option” is the very essence of everything we do as acquisition professionals to maximize the advantage, agility, innovation, and responsiveness that small businesses bring to the warfighter.

The DON Small Business Enterprise Strategic Framework, established in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, continues to be a roadmap to enhance the DON's culture of small business inclusiveness. Our three focus areas, Ensure Professional Workforce Development, Strengthen Partnerships in the Acquisition Process, and Optimize Communications, continue to guide our daily actions. DON Small Business Professionals (SBP) have strengthened partnerships in the acquisition process and the DON's Deputy Program Managers have fully embraced their duties as Small Business Advocates for their programs. Navy and Marine Corps buying commands and Program Executive Offices will post their FY 2019-2020 Small Business Strategies on a public facing website.

The DON OSBP continues to optimize communications by expanding social media presence with Facebook Live, Twitter, and a dedicated YouTube Channel. Small businesses and non-traditional suppliers interested in working with the Navy and Marine Corps can stay connected with real time information, engage with key stakeholders during Facebook Live Industry Talks, and access helpful resources. Small businesses offer innovative, flexible, agile, and affordable options in achieving the DON mission. The DON is committed to expanding opportunities for small businesses in providing maritime dominance and power projection to achieve the nation’s defense and security requirements.

Click here to view the plan.

I want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can make "Small Business -The First Option" a reality. Contact me at . Please stay in touch by connecting with the DON OSBP via twitter @DON_OSBP and Facebook .

Through this website, as well as our social media sites, you will gain information to assist you in competing for opportunities to support our Sailors and Marines. You will find links to all of the DON's 10 major buying Commands and it is there that you will get to know the business of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Please let us know if there are ways that we can improve this website or the access to information it contains. This site has been built and designed for you, the small business. Contact